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Cholla Loop Trail - Thunderbird, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,350 feet
Elevation Gain 465 feet
Accumulated Gain 550 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.43
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Author kurthzone
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Trips 53 map ( 273 miles )
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Location Peoria, AZ
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Preferred Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb
Seasons   Autumn
Sun  5:36am - 7:34pm
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A moderate hike in the park!
by kurthzone

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.

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2002-09-17 kurthzone
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Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
Take the Loop 101 Freeway to 59th Avenue and head North to Thunderbird Park. You can't miss it, there's an amphitheater on the side of a hill. The trailhead is a short distance North of the first parking lot through the gate. See the map for details.
90+° 8am - 6pm kills

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