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North Mountain National Trail #44
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North Mountain National Trail #44Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2014
winotron
Hiking5.57 Miles 1,184 AEG
Hiking5.57 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.57 mph
1,184 ft AEG      20 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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My first time at the North Mountain & Shaw Butte side of the Phoenix Mountains. Not as many people here as I was expecting...the parking lot off of 7th st and Peoria was less than half full. I went the clockwise route through the North Mountain Trail starting from behind the Quechan Ramada. This trail was steeper and more difficult than I was expecting. A lot of elevation gain in a short distance. I saw only 1 other person on this side of the trail. When I got to the summit I was wondering where all the people came from. I realized that most of them came up the asphalt road from the other side, and that I probably took the hard way up, lol. I was glad I avoided that crowd though. Nice views from the summit.

I planned on taking the 101 connector trail to Shaw Butte but I ended up cutting it short. I still took the 101 but decided to try the Maxine Lakin Nature trail instead. After being on what I thought was the Maxine Lakin trail for half a mile or so and not seeing a single other person, I realized I was actually starting to steeply climb back up the north side of North Mountain again, so at this point I turned back to the parking lot. I guess I didn't stay on the 100 trail long enough to get to the Maxine Lakin trail. Will have to try that again next time.

After taking the 101 trail back I mostly went off-trail paralleling 7th st back to the parking lot. Getting back to the parking lot I realized I was coming out of an area that said "Area Closed"... whoops! Had a lot of fun on the trails today and I will definitely be back soon to also try out Shaw Butte. :)
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