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Peak 2429 - Phoenix Preserves, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 2.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,500 feet
Elevation Gain 924 feet
Accumulated Gain 926 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.13
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10  2019-09-08 DarthStiller
5  2019-03-01
Peak 2429 Perl Charles Loop
3  2018-12-26 lojones5
3  2018-12-15
Peak 2429 via N 32nd St
4  2017-11-25 lojones5
2  2017-04-23 friendofThunderg
8  2016-10-02 Nightstalker
1  2016-07-10
Phoenix Mountain Preserve
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Author joebartels
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Age 49 Male Gender
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by joebartels

If you enjoy Squaw and Camelback you'll likely enjoy this hike too. The hike starts off from a good sized trailhead that includes decent restrooms. You start off heading due south down a path that is inline with 40th Street. The wide trail is flat and gravely because it was obviously an old road or perhaps a jeep route continuation of 40th Street.

On your right is wide open and relatively flat land that extends over to the Squaw Peak conglomerate. At 0.35 miles in you cross paths with Trail 100 where it squeezes through the mountains to Tatum. I was a little in ahh, since I thought I was hiking new terrain only to realize I've mountain biked past this intersection many times in the early 90's.

The hike continues easy going to 0.5 miles where you finally start up a slight grade. It's barely noticed though and won't have much effect on you. At 0.85 miles in things change. Here you're eased into a grade more reminiscent of Squaw for the final 0.4 mile push to the top. It seemed more harsh with the easy approach under the belt and the soft peak looming up to the left. In reality it's easier numbers wise until the final ascent. This hike has it's own characteristic in that it's progressively steeper as you go.

The peak itself is immediately up to your left when you reach the ridge. The views are as good as Squaw or Camelback as far as city viewing goes. Looking over to Squaw in the afternoon sun isn't good for photo ops. So if you're coming to view your old friend Squaw remember to do this as an early morning hike.

Personally I liked this hike better than expected. A combo of Squaw, 2429 and Echo Canyon in one day would be fun too.

2013 Update The PHX Mtn Preserves named the peak "Dixie Peak".

2014-03-04 Correction - urban hikers stenciled the name on an existing post. The preserves used the name in their summit challenge... hence the 2013 assumption. It's on their agenda to make a decision. Currently this is not an officially recognized trail.

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After work hike with Lee & Karl. We met at Karl's and headed out for Peak 2429. We topped out and took a short break. From there we dropped down and circled around for Happy Hour Ridge. Once up top we took an extended break and enjoyed a beverage. Lee headed back early while Karl & I finished our beers and then we headed back too. This was a nice evening hike.
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This was a good Thanksgiving weekend hike up Dixie Peak, or Two Bit Peak with my family. The slope really creeps up on you and seemed to exponentially increase until the peak. This was my first time hiking it. I like Piestewa Peak better, but there were less crowds at Dixie Peak. Warm and sunny outside in Phoenix!
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Moonlight hike up Dixie with Gabby dog.. The moon was very bright and it was peaceful. Very quiet with the exception of the many owls I heard out there. The hike up was an easy grade wide trail until the switchbacks. It felt like about 20 going up to a saddle and then about 10 more to the top. Didn't stick around long and we slid back down pretty quickly.
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8 - Off On Off - 100 - 8
Had a different route in mind but it was hotter than I liked and I saw shade so I stayed on the trail toward Peak 2429 (Two Bit) with the thought of taking that off trail (a little past the Two Bit sign) back over to the 8. I found that but rather than staying on it I tried to take advantage of the shade and made my own shade trail over to 8. I topped out on 8 and down the other side. Wasn't feeling well so stopped at the turn off to the west and rested a moment.

Continued west; instead of following 8 I took the right fork that stays closer to the mountain on your right. It is a bike trail of some sort and eventually hooks up with 100. A slight breeze started so I was able to pick up the pace but just as I thot I was feeling better and could go further I didn't feel well again so I stuck to the plan of going to 100 and then to 8 to the parking lot which was quite empty at 8:30 when I was done.

Still prefer this heat over going to the Club.
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Phoenix Mountain Preserve
needed a longer training hike today
all of my hikes have been five or six miles lately, or less when doing a peak :?
haven't hiked from 32nd and lincoln trailhead in months
was a little surprised to get a parking spot at 7:20
quartz ridge to lv yates
met a gal who said she just got stung by a bee ("just one bee")
thought that was odd, so in looking around, saw quite a few bees swarming about in a wash - must bee a hive in the rocks
if you look at my track, you can see where i tiptoed around on the other side of the trail :o
then missed the cutoff to the peak 2429 trail, so continued down to trail 100
up to 2429, since i didn't hike camelback or piestewa this week : rambo :
back down to 100, then a social trail up to 1A
made a loop of irregular link, the circumference trail and voaz, then 1A to 304
stopped at the drinking fountain to get a big drink and refill my water bottle
five minutes out of the way seems a fair trade to avoid being on the news
backtracked to 8B, which was slow, then easy back down 8A
nice hike, had fun, quite a few people out all morning
nothing new, but a new combination of some of my favorites
hit double digits for the first time in weeks
aeg seems high
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Got in a nice Sunday morning hike before it got too hot. Started out from the 32nd street 'Trailhead' and made a trip over to 2429, then looped back around with the help of a few more of the local trails. The 6:30 a.m. start was a nice treat for me since I do almost all my hiking in the heat of the day, it wasn't even that bad out when we finished up. Saw many, many people out on the trail, even helped a lost mountain biker find his way back to his truck. Good times!
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VOAZ TwoBit Loop
I drew up a route on Friday at work for my hiking day. I decided to try Karl's route: [ gps route ] with a little variation as I was coming from the 40th St TH. Initially I was going to do the Peak first but thot it was a tad too warm so I started c-clockwise instead following the east side of the wash. I should have taken a right as the wash ended but stayed on the trail to the 100. I got a little confused as by that time my route wasn't matching up (cuz I missed that right) so I continued on my merry way thinking I knew where to hook up with the VOAZ anyway.

I muddled west on the 100 looking for that trail that would take me up a tier. I finally got that (and boy has part of that washed out) and then continued west. I could see the VOAZ above me but where is the turn to get on it? and then I couldn't see the VOAZ anymore so thot maybe I miscalculated but figured I could find the Irregular and come around the backside to the junction and then hit it that way. But alas, the junction finally appeared and I made the u-turn onto the VOAZ. What a wonderful trail this is :DANCE: . I sure enjoyed it.

Came to the three trails junction and went down part of the Nature Trail and then back to where the other trails would have taken me and continued east to hook up with LV Yates. It seems they've done some trail work though the trails aren't well marked. There are some interpretive signs out here and I think it would be better served with a map and you are here. Nonetheless I meandered toward Trail 8 and checked RouteScout to make sure I was pretty much on track until I hit the 8. I liked this part too.

Still was debating with myself about giving the Peak a go. I came up over the hill heading north and felt good, the temp seems to have moderated so why not. I wasn't sure where the turn was and just as I thot I better check RouteScout, yep here it is. Wow, this isn't easy plus you can barely see a route. I would wander off a couple times and then find it again. Didn't realize how straight up it was but then again, this is Karl's route :sweat: . There used to be an easier crossover route which I would find later so I will try that one next time (I waypointed it on my route).

I finally reached the trail to 2429 and barely hesitated to tackle it. The temp seems to have moderated so up I went. It's still a tough climb but I slowly continued up and made it to the saddle where I took the trail to the north and came up the peak from the back side. It at least gave me a break from all that climbing. Needless to say when I got to TwoBit's top I was pretty darned proud of myself. I've always wanted to to this peak at the end of my hike rather than the beginning and for once, I finally accomplished that task.

On the way down, a very young hiker that was half-way running up the peak told me to not think about it as he saw me trying to find footing coming down from the Peak. I thot to myself, "easy for you to say". And then of course he passed me on the way down and said something like, "you've got plenty of room" as he was passing on a wider section of the hike down. If he only knew how much I would like to be able to hike like him.

Anyway, it was a glorious day to be out and a pretty darn good hike for me; especially coming practically straight up that Peak (and I didn't take one break except to take the 360 video). :D
Here is a very short 1 minute video from the top: ... OK0M
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Claire and I wanted an easy hike in town and set our sights on Peak 2429. We started the drive over to the east side off Tatum and FOTG texted me. I let him know we were heading for a quick hike and he decided to join us. Claire and I parked and started the hike up. We took our time as we enjoyed the views and the heat. Phoenix really warmed up today with temps in the high 70's. About a third of the way from the top we saw FOTG park and start hiking. We waited for him and the dogs on the summit. Once all of us were together we hiked down the west side and made a loop connecting onto the 100 trail. The last stretch involved walking through the neighborhood. This was a quick and easy hike and I'm glad FOTG & the dogs were able to join us. Sometimes the impromptu hikes are the best.
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Squaw Twobit Loop
Needed to be home noonish, so I worked up this loop to get in a few miles, a bit of AEG and to hit some new trails.

A 6:45 start had me as the 2nd car in the 40th St. lot, with temps in the high 30's. I made my way over to the west side of the Circumference Trail. I saw just a few people, until I hit the Summit Trail. I saw all types climbing to the top, including Darth Vader. Also, I think there was a Yoga convention in town.

All the trails on the east side were new to me. Mohave, Mohave Connector, Quartz Ridge, LV Yates. These took me over to 2429 trail, or Twobit as it's now signed. This trail was almost as busy as the Piestewa Summit trail.

A fun little hike in perfect weather.
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Hit the trailhead at 8:10. I usually like this trail in the summer because it's entirely on the West face and shaded in early morning. I was too late today, getting shade only for about 5 mins albeit in the steepest area. I always love this hike for the runnable flat areas that lead to quite steep rocky conditions. I did have a bit of trouble with bees and tarantula hawks but I'm used to being their target. This is a top 5 valley hike in my opinion.

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From the intersection of Shea & 40th Street simply go south on 40th Street for 1 mile. It dead ends at the trailhead parking, you can't miss it.
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