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Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra Estrella
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Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 05 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,497 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   51 Mns   2.01 mph
2,497 ft AEG      52 Mns Break
 
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Quartz Peak has been on my radar screen for a while, so I decided to go out and hike it today.

I came in from the south side using the @rwstorm driving route. That seemed to be a good way to come in -- I used 4WD just because I could, but I think that I could have done without it. I would not drive a sedan to the TH, but I would think that a 2WD truck or an AWD SUV could get to the TH.

I did not get started on the hike until about 10:30, and it was getting warm by then. There was no shade anywhere and no breeze, so I got started about 3 hours too late. Other than about 1/4 miles from the TH, there was very little flat ground on this hike. It was a good workout on the way up, that's for sure.

I enjoyed the rock/boulder scrambling in the last 1/2 mile to the summit, but the rest of the hike was kinda blah to me. It was a good workout, but I was basically walking on a ridgeline through desert scenery that wasn't much different from what I could have seen 10 minutes from my house in the McDowells. The geology near the summit was cool though.

I did like the peace and tranquility on the hike. I was the first car at the TH. On the way back, about a mile from the summit I met a couple of people going up, and then I saw someone else just before getting back to the TH.

I was glad that I did the hike, and if I lived closer and if the TH was easier to get to I might go often. But the hike was a little less than 4 hours, and the RT drive was close to 5 hours, so I doubt if this peak will be one that I do too often.
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May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey
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