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Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2018
TJHIKER
Hiking8.66 Miles 1,194 AEG
Hiking8.66 Miles
1,194 ft AEG
 
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This is my new favorite local desert hike. It is very easy to get to and you can't beat the views and variety on the trail. We traveled counter-clockwise and had quite a climb for elevation but decided to go that way since I have a bad knee and didn't want to come down in elevation quickly. If you prefer a more gradual ascent I have heard that going clockwise is a good idea. The views were spectacular! At the Saddle you have a nice surprise view of Four Peaks going in the direction we did. There is a lot of variety on the trail. At some point it's nice, easy going, steady hiking. At other points you are climbing up the side of a rock with no specific trail. There are definitely a lot of places where I didn't want to look to one side of the trail because there was a steep drop. The trail is described on several sources as 7.4 miles. I'm not sure how we ended up with 8.6. Wouldn't want to have missed any of what we hiked. There was one point near the end, in the direction we were going, where we entered a saguaro forest that is more densely populated than other local hikes.
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