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Lookout! Its a mountain..kinda
The trail (Trail #150) proceeds south from the parking lot up the north face of the mountain towards the saddle. There is available water here at the trailhead. Please note, that there are no restrooms on this trail.
There are several switch-backs, which decrease in amplitude as you approach the saddle. Many many years ago there was no route marking signs. However, on the north face of the mountain, it is very obvious where the trail is. I hiked the mountain the other day, and couldn't help but notice that the city has put up a dozen or so signposts marking this half of the trail. Once you reach the saddle, the trail becomes more interesting. Heading the east, the trail proceeds to follow the ridge, up to the named peak. There are a few parts here where the trail is not clearly defined. The basic idea is to keep going up. There is a bit of a rough spot at this point, where I would advise you not to fall. My brother and I affectionately call this place the "butt (yet, we use a word that is synonymous with donkey) cracker". You'll know what I mean when you see it. After that bit of rough, the trail gathers itself back together and makes a quick shot toward the summit. A City of Phoenix brown painted steel post marks the actual summit.
This can be a quick hike for the average hiker, taking no more than 30 - 45 minutes from start to finish. Leashed dogs are allowed, but please pick up after your dog. There is nothing worse than stepping in a pile of the stuff while enjoying a quick hike. The trail is open from dawn until dusk.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.