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Cholla Loop H-3 - 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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24  2018-05-26
Arrowhead Point H-2 - Cholla Loop H-3
7  2018-04-27 RowdyandMe
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10  2018-03-25
H4 Loop - Thunderbird Park
7  2018-02-16
Thunderbird Trifecta
3  2017-01-24 desertRaVen
5  2017-01-20
Thunderbird Conservation Park
20  2016-04-28
Thunderbird Freestyle
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Preferred   Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → Any
Seasons   Autumn
Sun  7:33am - 5:45pm
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Official Route
12 Alternative
Nearby Area Water
Thunderbird Conservation Park
Thunderbird Conservation Park
0.2 mi away
H4 Loop - Thunderbird Park
H4 Loop - Thunderbird Park
0.4 mi away
2.2 mi
400 ft
H-3a - Thunderbird
0.4 mi away
0.2 mi
2 ft
Sunrise Trail H-4 - Thunderbird
0.4 mi away
1.3 mi
290 ft
Desert Iguana H-5 - Thunderbird
0.4 mi away
0.7 mi
50 ft
Flatlander Trail H-1a - Hedgpeth Hills
0.5 mi away
1.1 mi
27 ft
Arrowhead Point Trail H-2 - Thunderbird
Arrowhead Point Trail H-2 - Thunderbird
0.6 mi away
1.4 mi
346 ft
Chuckwalla H-5a - Thunderbird
0.8 mi away
0.3 mi
45 ft
Ridgeline H-4b - Thunderbird
0.9 mi away
0.4 mi
149 ft
H-4a - Thunderbird
1.0 mi away
0.3 mi
64 ft
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A moderate hike in the park!
by kurthzone

Likely In-Season!
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.

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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

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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 map for details.
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