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Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 17 2005
Turkish
Hiking5.00 Miles 2,497 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
2,497 ft AEG
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1st trip
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I researched the Quartz Peak/Butterfly Point Trail and every place that I looked said the same thing: STRENUOUS . And boy they weren`t lying. I really took this trail forgranted. The trail wasn`t brutally steep nor was it in rough shape; the problem lies in the fact that the you are constantly going upwards. The level parts are few and far between. I kept waiting for the trail to level out so that I could catch my breath; and I kept waiting and waiting and waiting. I can`t stress to you enough that this hike will be a challenge for anyone who isn`t in good hiking shape. And if that wasn`t enough the final 1/4 to 1/2 mile are off trail. You will be doing some serious climbing and boulder scrambling so be prepared. A pair of sturdy leather gloves are invaluable!!!!!! Once you reach the point where the trail ends and the boulder scrambling begins it is difficult to get lost. All points will lead you up and eventually you will reach the top. Just take your time and choose the safest route that your comfortable with.

The trail itself (before the boulder hopping area) is very well defined and is in great shape. Take plenty of time to stop and enjoy the scenery Rainbow Valley which is behind/below you. The views are the top are worth the pain in your quads. Even though the day that I hiked QP was brown and hazy; I could easily see the 4 Peaks, Harquahala, & Picacho. As you look off towards the east you see this little hill with all of these little towers on it; it takes a moment to realize that you are looking at South Mountain which is about 9-10 miles away. I was amazed at how tiny it looked, especially when it dominates the land in the south valley and we see it every day. If you follow the ridgeline that leads from Quartz Peak you will eventually run into Butterfly Point. There is no trail and the going is slow and steep and rocky. I wanted to try and get to the top of Butterfly; however one would need ropes and climbing gear to do that. I didn`t feel comfortable trying to ascend to the top without the proper safety equipment; therefore I sat down next to a cozy outcropping of rocks and enjoyed the views while I ate a quick lunch.

From my house in the East Valley I can see Butterfly Point which is 27 miles away in a straight line. On a clear day I can make out the tiny little "notch" in the mountain which is Butterfly point (next to where I ate my lunch). And I can tell you that the tiny little "notch" isn`t so tiny. The rocks that make up Butterfly Point are well over 200 feet high. Check out my photoset for picks of my Quartz Peak/Butterfly Point hike.

AS AN AFTERTHOUGHT I WOULD LIKE TO WARN ANYONE WHO IS CONSIDERING HIKING THE QUARTZ PEAK TRAIL TO REMEMBER THAT THE HIKE ITSELF IS VERY VERY STRENUOUS. PLEASE CONSIDER THIS WHEN PACKING YOUR GEAR FOR THIS HIKE. I WOULD HIGHLY ADVISE AGAINST DOING THIS HIKE DURING THE WARM MONTHS. ALSO I WOULD`NT HIKE THIS ONE ALONE.
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