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Goat Hill via Ranger Trail, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 3.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,461 feet
Elevation Gain 1,064 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,041 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5-2 hours
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Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 213
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Age 49 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Seasons   Winter
Sun  6:13am - 6:32pm
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Afternoon Delight
by joebartels

This hike takes you from the inner flat calm of South Mountain to the western high point called Goat Hill. Trailhead parking is generous. You might feel all alone in this area built for crowds. During the few weeks of wildflower explosion the baby-stroller-battalion and quarter-mile-crampers are in full force. In my ten years of hiking I've witnessed two phenomenal wildflower seasons and a few marginal displays.


Trailhead to Road 0.7mi / 290 ft: The hike starts off from the abused lower desert. At a tenth of mile you cross through a ravine and then out into sweeping desert. Be on the lookout for mountain bikers. They can pick up speed on these non-technical low desert trails. Horseback riders also frequent the area. Just over two-tenths of a mile comes a signed junction. Derby Loop on the right goes to San Juan Road and Las Lomitas Loop heads left to the Kiwanis Trailhead.

The surrounding desert is fairly lack luster without wildflower displays. Distance city views to the northeast are unique from this angle. At 0.4 miles comes the east end access for the Bajada Trail. Continue on another quarter mile to the beginning of the switchbacks. The trail crosses East Telegraph Pass Road just past it's 2.5 mile marker.

Road to National Jnct +0.75 mi / +430 ft: Here the hike gains more interest in some big lazy switchbacks up the mountain. The upper half of this section has a nice feel as you effortlessly conquer what appears to be exhausting. Afternoon shade comes early in the winter months.

Jnct to Goat Hill +0.4 / +345: The deceiving truth never reveals itself. When you reach the National Trail junction your body goes into relief mode. You continue to gain altitude but you won't feel it with the mountain mass looming over you. Any trail runners you cross paths with up here are ribbon/trophy bound whereas the Pima Canyon variety tend to be companion seekers.

Coming around the south end of the mountain rise watch your step on the steep slopes. This is the most dangerous section of all South Mountain as far as I know. My stomach turns just thinking about mountain biking slips. Goat Hill comes soon after you pass the mine. The turn off for Goat Hill is subtle but you can't miss it. It's a few tiny switchbacks up to a nice deck.

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2006-02-01 joebartels
    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 of 41 deeper Triplog Reviews
    Goat Hill via Ranger Trail
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    Telegoat Ranger Kiwa
    I didn't think I had ever hiked Telegraph Pass before. Apparently it was so exhilarating the first time that I completely forgot about it.

    Los Lomitas combined with the official route preloaded on Route Scout burned through my phone's 30,000mAh backup battery in 12 minutes. Apparently one of the 211 waypoints on this route occurs approximately every 14.6 feet and RS is very good at announcing all of them at a variety of distance intervals. It would be a nice hike to do alone since your Route Scout would be talking to you nonstop for the entire hike.

    Not to mention, Los Lomitas is actually a very scenic trail. In the dark. I should probably do the complete loop sometime.
    Goat Hill via Ranger Trail
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    Pyramid National Ranger Bursera Loop
    Hiked up Pyramid to the National, west to Ranger, down Ranger to Summit Rd and back, on to Goat Hill, then west on National finishing on Bursera. Saw some nice scenery, and a saguaro in bloom! :)
    Goat Hill via Ranger Trail
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    I hit this trail a little after 10am on the way home from work. I put my trail runners in the wrong car so hiked in my work boots. Yikes, they are heavy :) . It was a little windy/chilly. I got sprinkled on a little here and there. I saw no other hikers. Trail is in good shape. :)
    Goat Hill via Ranger Trail
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    Pyramid National Ranger Bursera Loop
    Nice day for a hike. Cool and moist. Went up Pyramid to the National, west to Ranger, down Ranger to Summit Rd and back, on to Goat Hill, then west on National finishing on Bursera. Saw two coyotes. :)
    Goat Hill via Ranger Trail
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    couldn't decide what to do today
    weather, p.f. chang's marathon road closures, bad back and football playoffs = stay in town this weekend
    can't go wrong with goat hill :)
    overcast with a slight breeze and cool temps
    quite a few people in the central avenue part of south mountain, but no one past the national turnoff
    one mountain biker coming down ranger :o
    have yet to see anyone else on goat hill
    should be some good games on this afternoon and evening
    Goat Hill via Ranger Trail
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    christmas afternoon on goat hill :)
    a bit brisk so didn't stay long
    returned on national, kiwanis and los lomitas for the loop
    something going on east of the triangle
    emergency vehicles and summit road closed
    big line of cars backed up
    can't find anything on the internet
    nice hike, by the way
    lots of people out once i hit the pyramid turnoff and kiwanis
    Goat Hill via Ranger Trail
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    Los Lomitas Cabra Colina
    Grabbed the galoshes and headed for the cabra in the rain. Looked pretty ominous at the start, but it stayed to the west, and while it drizzled off and on, my shirt never got fully soaked, and with temps still quite warm, the whole thing was quite pleasant. It was nice to get out and enjoy rainpocalypse '16. Great to see trekkin again! :)
    Goat Hill via Ranger Trail
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    decided to bail on the cards game and go for a hike with chums
    i've been on the disabled list for a few weeks, so what better comeback hike than a trip to goat hill?
    went up via ranger, then did the loop back on national, kiwanis and my favorite los lomitas ;)
    skies were threatening when we started and we got some light rain midway through
    kind of a neat day especially looking toward the estrellas
    nice to do a real hike
    nice to feel good
    nice to hike with todd again :)
    Goat Hill via Ranger Trail
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    thought i would start the month out with a trip to goat hill ;)
    after visiting the summit, went west on national about a mile
    nice views of the estrellas
    several hikers on ranger, three mountain bikers on national
    nice morning for a relaxing hike
    home in time for NE vs. IL :)
    Goat Hill via Ranger Trail
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    Had to get back on the horse for summer afternoon hiking, so I decided to get on the Goat. I did the same trip I had done back this spring with the Earthiest, makes for a nice loop with a decent bit of effort. I got started about 5 after coming back from Tucson with a side trip to IKEA for my wife (being a nice guy helping round up stuff for her classroom). I did not see another hiker until I came down Telegraph pass, there were quite a few folks on Kiwanis. Hot trip, but got some nice shade at the end of the hike to make it all worth while. Hopefully I can get back on the hiking every week schedule now that things are calming down a bit.

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    From Phoenix, head straight down Central, keep going and going until it hits South Mountain. The road curves west passing an entrance gate. Keep going to the information/bathroom center. Continue west on San Juan Rd. It's left of the Five Tables Pinic Area.
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