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Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra Estrella
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Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2018
SibeMtnMomma
Hiking5.20 Miles 2,550 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles
2,550 ft AEG
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It's been a while since I posted & thought I would since I did not see anyone comment recently on the road conditions. Coming from the East side of Ahwatukee, it made sense to take the route through Maricopa - which, with no traffic, is at least 30 minutes shorter each way (& there is always traffic!). A 4WD was a must this time (it was not the last time I did this - just good clearance). With the washes being washed out and road eroded, there were 3 technical areas to maneuver -- which we did - yay :y: - Glad I was not alone!
So onto the hike - well it seemed longer than I remember and also prettier than I remember - this is my 4th time to the summit. Guess I am getting old. I think the last time I was here was in 2012 or 2013 -- maybe both years. I took my beloved Merlot one of those years and we went to the total summit together. This time, I left my current dog Snowy down below while I climbed the last bit. There didn't seem to be a way to get him up there - and I wanted him/us to be safe. Maybe I was younger and more brave last time :lol:
The trail is in EXCELLENT shape - much better than I remember. Even the cholla were mostly cleared and there were lots of little white flowers. Someone put a metal cross memorial tribute in the beginning part of the climb. The BLM left sheets and there is a sign in box at the start. We started very late and got back to Hwy 238 just as the sun set completely. Now - onto the good stuff -- Sushi!
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Several varieties of white and purple flowers, mallow, brittle bush.
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