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Mohave - Ruth Hamilton Loop, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Phoenix Central
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Loop 3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,500 feet
Elevation Gain 413 feet
Accumulated Gain 760 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.8
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Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 213
Routes 824
Photos 10,880
Trips 4,281 map ( 21,582 miles )
Age 49 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  6:33am - 5:53pm
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by joebartels

This is a moderate loop in the Phoenix Preserves. A quarter mile section of neighborhood houses and a hint of Lincoln Street noise slightly take from the experience. On the other hand it's a true loop with each turn offering new views. The elevation changes are enough to keep you interested but subtle enough to enjoy without being painful.

For easier ascents (and less city views) hike the loop counter clockwise as described below. Though I like to switch it up and go clockwise too. Read the directions below carefully as to where this hike starts, of course you could park anywhere and hike to it also.

Head down the road to Mohave Trail #200A. Like nearly all the other trails in the preserves it's well maintained and easy to follow. It starts off switch backing up a ravine going past one of the ramadas. On this memorial day afternoon there was a drummer beating away in the shade of the ramada. Next you pass a small rock slab bridge just prior to some fencing.

0.25 mi The first saddle comes quick at about 0.25 mi into the hike. It's pretty clear at this point you are surrounded by a big city!

0.5 mi The trail curves away from the houses at 0.5 mi.

1.15 mi Well marked 200/8A junction, go left/up 8A heading into the preserves and away from the city.

1.3 mi Dip through the ravine and start ascending. This is my favorite section going up the easy draw into the preserves.

2.1 mi Ruth Hamilton Trail #8B heading left/up at the saddle junction. You could make the loop more robust by continuing on 8A to 8.

2.2 mi The second saddle between 2141 & 2095 is at 2.2 mi just before you head back down.

This loop seems to be quite a bit more popular than the Piestewa Peak Circumference Trail. It's a half mile less and more notably 400 ft less AEG. You can continue on 8A to 8 and back on the 304.

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2005-05-30 joebartels
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Between 16th and 24th Streets on Lincoln Drive go North on Piestewa Peak Park. Follow Piestewa Peak Park through the neighborhood into the park. The trailhead for Trail 200A (the one you want) is on the right just past the second bathrooms (the second bathrooms are just past the ranger station). There's three parking slots.
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