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This is a small mountain park in Glendale. There are several trails. The longest is a 4-mile loop cleverly titled H-1. We will follow this one counter-clockwise.

H-1 begins right across from the parking lot and follows 59th ave ( which has turned into Pinnacle peak ) down the contour of the mountain pass for about 3/4 mile or so. You then go left around the backside of the peak and switchback to the summit, approx 400 feet elevation gained fairly quickly. You then follow the ridgeline for about 1-1/12 miles. We are now at the north end of the (hill). We now start a long, steep decent back around the front side to a fairly level final approach back to the parking lot. If your lucky and the wind is right, you will get to smell the big horse training facility and you come around the north side of the trail.


You wont find any real challenges here. The trail is well used mostly in the mornings. If you go mid-afternoon, when it's pretty hot out, you own the place.
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Distance Round Trip 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,315 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Author Cakewalk
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Routes 0
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Trips 11 map ( 34 miles )
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Location Glendale, AZ
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5  2017-01-20 Widowmaker
20  2016-04-28
Thunderbird Freestyle
AZHiker456
8  2016-03-20 broncod4
3  2015-02-14 Barrett
2  2015-02-07
Thunderbird Triple Summit
Barrett
1  2014-03-12
Thunderbird Recreation Area H4 Loop
Stoic
1  2014-03-02 dabears0123
5  2014-02-10 Stoic
6  2011-07-11 hippiepunkpirate
5  2010-06-12 Kdoggkillafrog
11  2009-11-25 hippiepunkpirate
2  2009-07-11
Cholla Loop - Hedgpeth Hills H3
AzYoda
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Backpack   No
Preferred   Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → Any
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  5:20am - 7:43pm
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Thunderbird Recreation Area H4 Loop
0.1 mi away
2.2 mi
400 ft
Sunrise Trail - Hedgpeth Hills H4
0.2 mi away
1.3 mi
350 ft
Cholla Loop - Hedgpeth Hills H3
0.2 mi away
2.6 mi
550 ft
Desert Iguana - Hedgpeth Hills H5
0.3 mi away
Flatlander Trail - Hedgpeth Hills
0.8 mi away
1.1 mi
27 ft
Arrowhead Trail - Hedgpeth Hills H2
0.8 mi away
1.4 mi
475 ft
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Thunderbird Park
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This is a small mountain park in Glendale. There are several trails. The longest is a 4-mile loop cleverly titled H-1. We will follow this one counter-clockwise.

H-1 begins right across from the parking lot and follows 59th ave ( which has turned into Pinnacle peak ) down the contour of the mountain pass for about 3/4 mile or so. You then go left around the backside of the peak and switchback to the summit, approx 400 feet elevation gained fairly quickly. You then follow the ridgeline for about 1-1/12 miles. We are now at the north end of the (hill). We now start a long, steep decent back around the front side to a fairly level final approach back to the parking lot. If your lucky and the wind is right, you will get to smell the big horse training facility and you come around the north side of the trail.


You wont find any real challenges here. The trail is well used mostly in the mornings. If you go mid-afternoon, when it's pretty hot out, you own the place.
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Take the 101 West to 59th ave. Take 59th ave north, pass a few stop lights, as 59th ave takes a sharp turn right, the park entrance is to the left. The very first parking lot is for H-1

*** Added by joe ***
Roger & Ethel Freeman best describe the area & history in their book 'Day Hikes and Trail Rides in and around Phoenix'. Interesting, check it out!

Trail data given here is wishy washy at best. Until I plot it myself use the book!
90+° 8am - 6pm kills
stay out of the scorching sun
prehydrate & stay hydrated
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