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Phoenix 7 Summit Challenge, AZ

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Difficulty 5 of 5
Distance Round Trip 21 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,451 feet
Elevation Gain 5,600 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 49
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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10  2011-12-31 Tortoise_Hiker
13  2011-12-31 The_Eagle
20  2010-04-02 michaelg
26  2005-11-19 AZOutdoorsman
Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
Location TrailDEX, HAZ
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Sun  6:13am - 6:30pm
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Appears to be an annual event.

2005 line up
Camelback Mountain
Piestewa Peak
South Mountain
North Mountain
Lookout Mountain
Shaw Butte
Papago West Buttes

2011 line up
Holbert Trail
Ranger Trail
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300
Mohave Trail #200
Lookout Mtn Circ #308 & #150
North Mountain
Shaw Butte

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot
    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.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Phoenix 7 Summit Challenge
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    Denny and I decided that we had to do a repeat New Years Eve hike sporting our stylish attire.

    We made the last minute decision to stay close to town and try to attack the 7 Peak challenge.

    So it was Squaw Peak at 6am in the dark to begin. I was surprised that there were people finishing at 6am when we were starting. Also surprised that there were people climbing it without a headlamp on a moonless night. This hike seemed easier to me in the dark. Snapped a Self Summit photo.
    #1 Done

    Next it was off to Camelback. This one was our biggest concern for the day. The Web site says it opens at sunrise, and we knew we'd be there just after sunrise. With the parking problems over there, we were concerned we'd get a spot. When we pulled in all the spots on the street and the lot were full. Joe's favorite pair of officers were controlling the crowds. Just as we were getting ready to make the turn out of the lot, someone returned, and we were in the front row! This was actually my first time up Camelback. Now I can say I've done it. I don't care for the crowds. Had our Summit picture taken,
    #2 Done.

    Now off to South Mountain and the Holbert Trail. Another trail I've never fully done. Quite pretty. I enjoyed the petoglyphs at the beginning. We made our way to the Gila Lookout, south of the TV towers, and had our summit picture taken by a decked out road biker. On the way down Holbert saw two mountain bikers crash, one right at my feet. Those guys/gals are nuts.
    #3 Done.

    Now back up north, to hit up North Mountain. A steep climb up some rough rocks to get to the pavement that takes you to the top. Had our Summit picture taken.
    #4 Done

    Shaw Butte was next. Now I'm getting to the point that I just want to get these done.
    Up to the top past a decorated tree and cactus with a Santa hat. Had our summit picture taken
    #5 Done.

    Off to Shadow Mountain. I took Denny on the Scenic route to get to this peak. It was a steep bugger getting up. Running on empty now, but only one more to go. Took our Self portrait Summit Picture at the top.
    #6 done

    Now Lookout Mountain to finish things off. I'm really beat now, this climb is mostly a blur. Made it to the top, had our summit picture taken taken by a nice couple. We told them we just completed the 7 summits and told them what they were. They asked us how many days it took us.
    #7 Done

    It was nice doing our second annual NYE hike. Always fun hiking with the Turtle.

    7:38 Hiking time
    2:16 Driving and Setup time
    9:54 Total time
    Phoenix 7 Summit Challenge
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    We decided to go out the week prior to the City of Phoenix' annual event because we wanted to include actual SUMMITS.
    Completed our 7 summits in 10:40 (includes driving, food, and hiking time).
    Below is our order (hiking times are TH to TH)
    1. South Mountain-Holbert (Mineral Road Lot to Dobbins Lookout and back): 1:15
    2. Camelback-Cholla: 1:15
    3. Squaw Peak: 1:10
    4. Shaw Butte: 1:10
    5. North Mountain: :45
    6. Lookout Mountain: :35
    7. Shadow Mountain: :35
    Total Hiking Time: 6:45
    What a BLAST! Exhasting and hot (an unbelievable 94 degrees at the end of October) but very rewarding. Will definitely be an annual event.

    Permit $$
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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To Echo Canyon Trailhead
    In Phoenix follow 44th St. North. 44th St. turns into McDonald. Follow McDonald to first Right past Tatum, which is Echo Canyon Place. Turn right, go up the hill and good luck finding a parking space in the tiny lot. On Spring and Fall weekends your best choice is bicycling to the trailhead. Otherwise, be prepared to drive in circles up to a half hour for a parking slot as waiting is not allowed.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 10.4 mi - about 18 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 112 mi - about 1 hour 44 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 144 mi - about 2 hours 12 mins
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