A moderate hike in the park!
Page data is for the official H3 segment. A loop from the 59th Ave TH is 3.55mi / 490ft.
Thunderbird Park Hedgpeth Trail #3 is on a nice little neighborhood hill located in the heart of North Glendale's Arrowhead Lakes. There is a network of trails in Thunderbird Park all named Hedgpeth and some of these trails have common sections. Part of the Hedgpeth Trail #3 loop is also a section of the longer Hedgpeth Trail #1. There is nothing too rigorous on the Hedgpeth Trail #3 loop, which is a little more than three and a half miles round trip. Watch your step though, there are a many lava rocks of various size in areas of the trail.
The summit is 1,816' from 1,320' at the trailhead and is located almost in the center of the loop, a mile and three quarters in. The view of the area is superb and on the west end of the trail are some small equestrian type ranches where you can watch training activities taking place below.
Along the trail are markers every 1/8 mile, including a zero at the trailhead. If you decides to hike the trail in a clockwise direction the ascent will be more gradually sloping up to the west end where there is a small series of switchbacks that lead to the ridge line. From there you follow the ridge line to the summit where the trail then descends in a more abrupt manner to the lower portion of the mountain on the north side. The rest of the trail on the east side is common with the H1 trail and parallels 59th avenue back to the trailhead. There is a side trail near the summit that dead ends at a viewpoint area.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.