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North Mountain Phoenix Preserve, AZ
mini location map2018-03-18
6 by photographer avatarPJackalope
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North Mountain Phoenix Preserve, AZ 
North Mountain Phoenix Preserve, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2018
PJackalope
Hiking7.62 Miles 1,693 AEG
Hiking7.62 Miles   2 Hrs   42 Mns   2.82 mph
1,693 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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What looked like a pretty straight-forward hike turned into a nice bit of exploration. Starting from the Peoria ave parking lot and working in a clockwise motion, I tackled Shaw Butte first. The trail was steep in sections, but for most part nothing too difficult. Once up on the ridge followed the service road up to the top then back down to north side of preserve. Continued on and intersected the Charles Christiansen trail 100 and headed towards the visitor center before back tracking to head south for the loop up to North Mountain. Turns out the service road up to North Mountain is closed. So, I continued south on trail 100 before finding the backside of the described loop to start my assent to the top. The trail is not one of the more popular ones and I got a side tracked a couple of times, but nothing too bad. The climb to North Mountain was steep, rocky, and loose. Pleasantly surprising. Once on top headed down the south side which was just as steep.

Overall, an great hike! And like everyone on this forum knows, March is a heck of a time to be outside in the Valley of the Sun. The sky was a deep cobalt blue with thin whispy clouds streaking across the sky. The sun was warm, but not hot, and the oh so slight chill on the air made the hiking weather just about perfect as perfect can be. Enjoy!!
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