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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,550 feet
Elevation Gain 420 feet
Accumulated Gain 520 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.4
Interest Peak
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Photos Viewed All Mine Following
1  2015-09-15
Mercury Mine Loop
Stoic
4  2013-12-08
Shaw Butte to Camelback
Dave1
6  2013-02-14 zukerrach
33  2012-01-01 WilliamnWendi
5  2010-02-27 The_Eagle
9  2008-03-23 JimmyLyding
8  2007-03-04 JimmyLyding
Author JimmyLyding
author avatar Guides 109
Routes 335
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Trips 568 map ( 3,575 miles )
Age 45 Male Gender
Location Walnut Creek, CA
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Preferred   Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → 7 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  6:10am - 6:38pm
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Fun hike to North Phoenix peak
by JimmyLyding

Stony Mountain is the ridge-ish string of mountains that stretches roughly from SR 51 in Phoenix north to Shea Boulevard between Cave Creek Road & 24th/26th Streets. The trailhead I chose is at the "end" of Mountain View Road just west of 26th Street south of Shea Boulevard. It's not an official trailhead, and there are many ways to connect to this short summit trail.


Starting out from the trailhead one goes up towards the mountains, and immediately connects with Trail #100. Go right at the junction (or go straight for a very easy summit just above the "end" of Mountain View Road), and the trail basically follows the contour of the mountains northward until a slight downhill stretch followed by a slight uphill stretch. After about 3/4 of a mile you reach a junction where Trail #100 continues north into the next small valley; a trail ekes out east towards the subdivision along a small ridgeline (sometimes called "Keystone Point"); and another trail veers perpendicularly to the west away from Trail #100: that last trail is the one you want.

The trail basically follows the top of the ridge as it begins its upward ascent for about a third of a mile. Then it dips below the south edge of the trail. The trail ascends somewhat steeply, but not too much. The drop-off to the south (i.e. to your left as you ascend) is quite steep in many places. A fall would be quite bad. When you approach the top, you encounter a very small saddle. It's more of a notch, and there are some interesting rocks. Veer south from the saddle towards the faint-ish trail going to the summit. Some very slight bouldering is necessary, but the top is pretty flat.

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2007-03-04 JimmyLyding
    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 14 deeper Triplog Reviews
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    Tuesday double peak
    Last summer, I tried to do less elevation on my hikes to keep it a little easier. This summer, I seem to be doing the opposite, I have been hitting up shorter, steeper trails the last few weeks. Just fine with me! I had not done Camelback in almost two years, so I figured it was a good time to get back now that the heat has thinned out the crowds. Pulled in to the Echo lot a bit after 4, and I was the fifth car there...I was greeted by the park ranger upon hitting the TH, she was sizing me up to make sure I wasn't being a dummy. I told her this wasn't my first trip up, and thanked her for what she was doing, hopefully this is a regular practice and it will save some rescues. Made good time up despite the heat, the last few hundred feet of gain did require a few quick breaks. Spent a few minutes at the top and headed back down. Stopped by Stoney mountain on the way home to get in a little more effort. Didn't see a soul. Good couple peaks!
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    Stoney Shadow
    Got in a good urban double hike this afternoon, started out by Mountain View about 4:30. Second time up Stoney Mountain, this is a fun quick one with good effort. Be aware, there is a good sized bee gathering about a tenth of a mile up the summit spur trail, it is on the left hand side of the trail in one of the numerous rock holes. They were not aggressive, but if you stumbled into the rock it would make for a pretty lousy day. After this quick one, I rolled over to Acoma to start my way up Shadow Mountain. I climbed the main peak, and then proceeded to hit every high point in the area by way of a convoluted loop. Ran into a few folks up on the summit when I had come around for a second trip up. Otherwise, very few other people out on the trail, surprising for such a great weather day.
    Stony Mountain
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    I'm running out of new trails to do! This was my last set in North Phoenix, and I liked it a lot. Started at Tattered Nest and picked up 100, taking it around the north side of the first mountain, then back into the middle toward Stoney. I really liked getting into this middle section. Unfortunately, later my hike took me up a hill to a house where the trail went away. I spent some time walking the neighborhood near 19th St trying to find a new entry.

    Finally I found a new trail section and ran the rest back to my car. In the end, it was a chore trying to get away from civilization at this spot but still worth the stop.
    Stony Mountain
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    I'm recovering from a twisted ankle from two weekends ago, but wanted to get in some sort of hike to see how the ankle would hold up. Took it easy and guided Olivia up another peak for her to add to her list. She just moved to a new cubicle on the 16th floor with a view to the north. Now she can look out the window and pick out every peak she's been on and today added another one for her.

    Parked on Cortez just off of Cave Creek and worked our way east then headed south along Trail 100. Shot up Stoney Mountain and decided to work on our Class III scrambling skills by climbing up the final 40 feet or so instead of taking the trail up to the top. Came down and took 100 straight back to the car. Perfect 60 degree weather with no wind and slightly overcast made for a nice stroll to get out of the house this afternoon.
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    Phoenix Mountain Preserves sampler
    I had to be back to town early today, so I though I would hit up some local hikes. Despite growing up in the area and hiking around as a lad, I never made it up Stoney Mountain. This was a fun hike, good steep push albeit short. Nice to only see one other person on the trail. I had parked on Mountain View and made my way over to the 100 and then to the faint but steady peak trail. After I finished, I made the short drive up to the Acoma TH to knock out a big loop around the Shadow Mountain area. I took off up tot he summit, headed south along the ridgeline to the unnamed summit, skirted around the east side, hit up a few more of the high points, climbed up 1779, and circled around for one more trip up Shadow. Great weather, got this in before the storm started up, but there was some real nice wind and some sprinkles as I was finishing up a little after 6. Good stuff!
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    Combo hike after work.

    Mercury Mine Loop :next: Stoney Mountain :next: Christiansen :next: Nature Trail
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    Pretty mellow hike from Dreamy Draw over to Stoney Mountain. Zipped up Stoney Mountain and came back down and meandered along Trail 100 for a little bit. Turned around and finished off the mine loop. Nice, overcast weather that was perfect for hiking. Nice to get out and stretch the legs this morning. Been doing a lot of squats this week in the gym and my quads are hammered.
    Stony Mountain
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    Evening hike after all the rain this morning. The gate to Dreamy Draw was shut at 5:30pm. There were a line of cars parked on the side of the road so I joined them. I then made my way toward the tunnel where I crossed the 51. You could tell it flooded earlier today. A lot of sediment washed in. From there I continued and made my way up Stoney Mountain. The sunset was throwing off a soft light and the full moon rose as evening set in. I started my return and looped around the Mercury Mine Trail and made my way back to the jeep. Nice evening.
    Stony Mountain
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    Quick little hike to stretch my legs at lunch time. Parked at Dreamy Draw and took Trail 100 under the freeway to start the hike.

    Don't know the PC way to say this, but it appears that the northwestern edge of the Dreamy Draw parking lot is the "George Michael/Larry Craig" section of the park. The men sitting in their cars seemed very friendly and appeared to be furtively looking for something. :o
    Stony Mountain
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    Once again we started from Dreamy Draw. Rachel's friend Matt was in town and we wanted to do a short and easy hike. We started on the Mercury Mine Loop and bushwhacked to the summit. From there we dropped backed down and then ascended up Stoney Mountain and followed the ridgeline for a short ways before returning to the trailhead via trail 100. Was a fun evening hike. Matt had a few blisters when done.

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    Directions
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    To hike
    Take Shea Boulevard west from 32nd Street. Head south on 26th Street. Right on Mountain View Road until it ends.
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