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Ray Road Access Trail - South Mountain
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10 by photographer avatarDarthStiller
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Ray Road Access Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2020
DarthStiller
Hiking9.60 Miles 1,075 AEG
Hiking9.60 Miles   4 Hrs   6 Mns   2.34 mph
1,075 ft AEG
 
1st trip
The last time I was in this area I noticed the junctions for this trail and the Helipad Trail along the Desert Classic and made a note to come back one day and check them out. I had some things I've been meaning to get done at home, so I wanted to do a hike that wouldn't take too long. This seemed to fit the bill. I originally thought it would be in the 6 mile range, but as I carved together a route on Route Scout, the mileage added up close to 10 fairly fast.

Started from the Desert Foothills TH. There's a new restroom facility made from block with full plumbing. Wasn't there just under 2 years ago. Nice to see some improvements being done here. I headed out on the Desert Classic and turned south towards Ray Road. along the way (and on the way back), I found even more unmarked trails that look like it might be worth yet another return visit. Probably best to save that hike for the really hot weather. Although, this hike actually had more elevation gain than I was expecting, topping out over 1K AEG for the day.

On my way back I headed over to the helipad via that trail. It was interesting to find a narrow little valley that had collected some water from the wash that ran thru it and made a mini-riparian area. The views from the helipad were pretty nice, better than I expected. Just east of the helipad it looks like a filled in mine shaft and some old mining road that's been eroded away, both by nature and man made means. The road seemed to head down into the subdivision below and end between 2 houses.

Headed back down to the Desert Classic and back to the trailhead and called it a day.
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