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A moderate hike in the park!
Originates at parking lot A and ends at Coach Whip near 55th Avenue and Pinnacle Peak Rd.
Formerly known as the H-3 segment.
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. There are many lava rocks of various sizes 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 into the hike. 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 decide to hike the trail in a clockwise direction, the ascent will be more gradually sloping up to the west end, where a small series of switchbacks lead to the ridgeline. From there, you follow the ridgeline to the summit, where the trail then descends more abruptly 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.