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Thunderbird Conservation Park, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Multi-Loop 9.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,336 feet
Elevation Gain 528 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,855 feet
Avg Time One Way 1-5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 15.68
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12  2021-01-23 tibber
30  2020-11-11
Hedgpeth 3-Summits
5  2019-10-13 DarthStiller
20  2016-04-28
Thunderbird Freestyle
8  2016-03-20 broncod4
3  2015-02-14 Barrett
2  2015-02-07
Thunderbird Triple Summit
1  2014-03-12
H4 Loop - Thunderbird Park
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Author Cakewalk
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Routes 0
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Trips 11 map ( 34 miles )
Age Male Gender
Location Glendale, AZ
Co-Author HAZ_Hikebot
co-author avatarGuides 16,862
Routes 16,286
Photos 24
Trips 1 map (6 Miles)
Age 24 Male Gender
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Preferred   Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → Any
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  5:18am - 7:42pm
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Thunderbird Conservation Park, a 1,185-acre park in the Hedgpeth Hills, is a conservation park dedicated to preserving the desert environment. The hills were named for Robert Hedgpeth, an early homesteader in the area. The park took its name from the World War II pilot training facility located four miles south of the park. The city of Glendale acquired the park in 1951 through a lease with the federal government. Ownership came in 1956 with the assistance of the Glendale Women’s Club and Glendale Rotary Club. Maricopa County operated the park from 1963 to 1984 and many of the park improvements were made during this time. In 1984 the park was returned to the city. Park activities include picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, jogging and bird watching. About 15 miles of multi-use trails have been constructed, thanks to the efforts of many volunteer groups.

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Coach Whip - H-1 4.75 mi / 450 aeg
Flatlander Trail H-1a 1.1 mi / 27 aeg
Arrowhead Trail H-2 1.35 mi / 475 aeg
Cholla Loop H-3 2.6 mi / 550 aeg
H-3a 0.15 mi / -64 ft
Sunrise Trail H-4 1.3 mi / 350 aeg
H-4a 0.25 mi / 65 aeg
Ridgeline H-4b 0.35 mi / 150 aeg
Desert Iguana H-5 0.65 mi / 50 aeg
Chuckwalla H-5a 0.27 mi / 45 aeg

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2002-05-13 Cakewalk & HAZ_Hikebot
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Paved - Car Okay

To hike
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!
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