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Daisy Mountain - Anthem Country Club TH, AZ
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Daisy Mountain - Anthem Country Club TH, AZ 
Daisy Mountain - Anthem Country Club TH, AZ
 
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,437 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   4 Hrs   5 Mns   1.95 mph
1,437 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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First time I've hiked up Daisy Mountain from the Country Club trailhead. Coming up this side of the mountain is so much more beautiful than the other side! The only downside is you have to be an Anthem Country Club resident (or guest of a resident) to get to the trailhead. You could always hike in from the other trail, summit the mountain, then come down this trail, but that's more than I could do in a day!

The trail starts inconspicuously enough off of Silver Pine Drive and follows a wash for about 0.3 miles. At this point, you reach a junction. As of this writing, there is a red-painted piece of wood propped up in a dead tree root marking the junction. Turn right here. Update 3/24/19: The red post is gone On my way up I went straight on what looked like the trail - bad idea. That trail goes straight up the hill for a quarter mile, then peters out on the saddle. I ended up bushwacking on all fours up a very steep hill to get back to the real trail. Not something I want to do again. (Note: The GPS track I posted is from my descent where I actually followed the correct trail all the way down.)

After turning right at the red post, you switchback up to the ridgeline on the east side of the valley. From there it's pretty straightforward: just follow the trail along (or very close to in a few places) the ridgeline all the way up the mountain. The views are spectacular all the way up to the top. I was able to see all the way to the Estrallas, South Mountain, the San Tans, the Superstitions, Mingus Mountain, and the Bradshaws.
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