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Mohave Ridgeline - 5 members in 9 triplogs have rated this an average 3.8 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jan 21 2022
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 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Eastern Piestewa Peak Park Loop, AZ 
Eastern Piestewa Peak Park Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2022
tibberTriplogs 1,276
Hiking6.95 Miles 1,327 AEG
Hiking6.95 Miles   2 Hrs   47 Mns   2.57 mph
1,327 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Another area trails to complete. I drew up a route using the Mohave Trail as it is the only one I hadn't done in the park. I almost stuck to the route.

I parked at the Ocotillo tiered lot. They sure have done a nice job with these areas. I even found the Mohave Trail right away from where I parked. However, the direction seemed wrong as I headed north but it soon switch backed to the south as you slowly proceed up the hillside. Once you're at the saddle, the Mohave Trail continues south but you veer to the east and north toward what I think is Mohave Ridge on what the Mtn Biking Site calls Redhorn Trail. You weave up the mountainside. In front of me, in the beginning, was a family of 7, all very young including a baby being carried by the father who was in dress pants and white shirt. I eventually passed by them and wondered why they chose this trail and how far would they make it, as it was pretty steep.

There's lots of curves on this one and a little false summit. It was fun to get to the top and look around. There was a long metal pipe railing up here [-( . The views were great. As I hiked down the flora was very nice all around me (leafed out ocotillos) and the views to the south and east were interesting too; especially of Camelback and I could see clear to the Supes as well. The trail was laid out before me including a nice little flat section where I could gawk a little more.

I got to another little junction and then thot to check RS. It seems the route I had put together and the one I was following had a divergence. I looked around and down where I could see a trail that went west which is not the direction I would want to go once I got down the mountain. I took a screen shot to see if I could figure it out when I got back. I can't remember where I got this part of the route but maybe from one of the bike sites. I can see now I was just below the spur trail that goes up to the top of RJ Peak and comes back down to the main trail I was on. (Per another website, they actually call this piece Redhorn Trail which includes the peak I missed.)

I continued on the only available trail and hoped that once I got lower and met up with the east/west trail (Mohave Connector 202A?) that I would be able to go east. Soon enough I would see a saddle below me where a trail continued south up a mountain but the east/west trail was also here and I could head east, whew.

I took the Mohave Connector Trail #202 east and could see quite a few hikers below. Once I got to the bottom I headed north on the Quartz Ridge Trail #8A. It's a long valley that is next to Tatum Wash (which I didn't realize until I checked the map on another website). I headed on up with the rest of the horde coming and going. Apparently this must be a popular hike; a lot more so than the north side. I came upon one of the largest and roundest quart boulders I have ever seen :o , it was a beauty!! And then I saw lots of other larger quartz pieces on the hillside; thus why "quartz" is in the name.

The tread is pretty decent as is the grade. I didn't realize it was a mile to the top and about 444 ft gain. I can see why people choose it for a quick workout hike; like Shaw Butte. I, once again, enjoyed the flora (saguaros, etc) and the rock. There are some pretty good sized steps as you get to the top. Once I rounded the corner I saw a female ranger and commented to her that she was the first ranger I've seen out here in 20 years. She said that Camelback requires most of their attention. I continued east on Ruth Hamilton Trail #8B and about half-way I decided not to go back on it to catch up with 8A but rather go north on 36th Street.

Once I was at the intersection with 8 north, I had paused to change podcasts and a gentleman asked if I was lost. I told him "no, but thanks for asking". I decided to go west and head toward 8 and then walk north above Tatum Wash to 100 before circling back and across the wash. It was kind of what I mapped out. The clouds had started rolling above the western sky. I would see a lot more hikers and bikers until I started west on LV Yates Trail #8. I could see the saddle as my next goal.

I was getting some backlit cholla and more fun clouds :) so I took more photos. The trail is interesting here as far as the tread and flora. The climb south up to the saddle is not bad at all. The side views of the mountainsides is nice here. As I hiked down Nature Trail #304 I started encountering lots more people.

When I got to the parking lot I thot I would continue on the 304 and then crossover toward Tonto 3. However, I thot I could see a trail over on the east side of the parking lot so I headed back only to find no trail but a road walk, oh well. The traffic wasn't too bad as I made my way to the sign at the Mohave TH/ Ocotillo Parking area. I checked out the sign to verify the trails.

The clouds continue to put on a show so I obliged by nabbing some more photos, as if I hadn't taken enough already. A good afternoon, but wish I had added a little more mileage on the north side. Anyway, another Area done as Mohave was my last trail on the Extreme Heat Restrictions list. I enjoyed my Huck beer with great views of Piestewa.

WATCH: 6.47 miles (1967 high point - 1483 low point). 134 avg bpm, max 164 (16% Zone 4, 34% Zone 3, 48% Zone 2) burning 1177 calories. Starting temp 64.3 and 24% humidity finishing at 4:51PM
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Nov 28 2021
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41 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Squaw Peak romp, AZ 
Squaw Peak romp, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 28 2021
survivordudeTriplogs 224
Hiking5.60 Miles 1,296 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.71 mph
1,296 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Felt like I havent been in this park in forever. Went up a section of Mohave and a couple peaks that I had never been to before. Loads of people on the 8A.. thought about hitting Dixie Peak, but my legs were so sore from a brutal legs day yesterday. Stopped by the end of the parking lot to see the remodel. They got rid of 6 parking spots and added.. 6 parking spots. Nice look, though.
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Feb 09 2020
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50 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Mohave RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2020
Nate_FTriplogs 113
Hiking2.19 Miles 763 AEG
Hiking2.19 Miles   1 Hour   28 Mns   1.78 mph
763 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Good, short, Sunday hike near Piestawa/Squaw Peak! I said near, not on actual summit trail :lol: . I found an alternative ridgeline to walk, from Ruth Hamilton to Mohave, and made a loop out of it. Thanks BlackToes for the track! It was a good up and down climb with some different views. Construction on the Mohave Parking area is coming along nicely as they continue working their way through the park making improvements. Great day! :)
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Sep 11 2019
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62 male
 Joined Oct 17 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Circumference - Freedom Trail #302Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2019
rcorfmanTriplogs 1,438
Hiking6.57 Miles 2,426 AEG
Hiking6.57 Miles   4 Hrs   17 Mns   1.95 mph
2,426 ft AEG      55 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
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Decided to do something different this morning so up early and to Piestewa Peak. Started walking about quarter past five when there was barely enough light to figure out where I was going. Summitted Piestewa Peak with some friends, one of which placed a flag for 911. We stayed at the top for over 50 minutes before heading back down. On the way down, saw and talked to Joe for a quick hello - Yes, it is different that I wasn't at Deem Hills or the BCT. On the way down took the Circumference trail and when I got to the end of the road parking lot, I decided to find a couple of nearby geocaches so took the 8B and then the Mohave Ridgeline to the Peak. My legs where tired by then. Ugh.

I had really good weather today. It was very nice with a refreshing breeze on the Piestewa summit, then the circumference trail was mostly in the shade. It only started to get warm at the end climbing up to the Mojave Ridgeline and then back down.
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Aug 02 2016
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 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Quartz Ridge Trail #8APhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 02 2016
The_DudeTriplogs 358
Hiking4.05 Miles 1,325 AEG
Hiking4.05 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   2.59 mph
1,325 ft AEG      8 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Pulled in to the 32nd street TH about 430 for an afternoon jaunt. I put this loop together a bit on the fly to add up a few trails in the Preserve I had not been on before. My GPS track left off a little chunk for some reason, so I adjusted the stats a bit. I took the 8A to the 8B, and then up the Mohave Ridgeline. I was expecting all off trail for this bit, but there was a use trail for a very good portion of this. Great little ridgeline, packs a lot of punch for such a short trail. I connected up with the Mohave trail and up, and then circled back around the 202 connector. The rain started just as I had gotten on the return leg, and it became a downpour very shortly thereafter. Got out my rain jacket to keep my pack dry, by the time I made it back to the truck there was a good 2-3" of flowing water on the trail. Good stuff! Too bad the rain did not make it up to my house, but it was certainly nice to be out in it, even if my boots are soaked through for a few days.
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Jun 11 2016
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34 male
 Joined Sep 30 2015
 Carrboro, NC
Quartz Ridge Trail - Mohave Ridgeline, AZ 
Quartz Ridge Trail - Mohave Ridgeline, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 11 2016
afrankieTriplogs 128
Hiking3.27 Miles 831 AEG
Hiking3.27 Miles   1 Hour   39 Mns   2.69 mph
831 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
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Night hiking season has arrived, and this was a great kick off. It was much quieter than Piestewa across the way, where headlamps were galore, and we only bumped into 5 others on the quieter side of the preserve. Hiked up to 2141 and was greeted by a bright skyline and dark ridges in the foreground.
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Jan 19 2015
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 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Phoenix Mountains Medley, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jan 19 2015
trekkin_geckoTriplogs 3,583
Hiking6.91 Miles 1,839 AEG
Hiking6.91 Miles   2 Hrs   49 Mns   2.59 mph
1,839 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
john had the day off, so we met up at the 32nd and lincoln trailhead for a hike in the preserve
i wanted to go up on black toes' ridgeline 6
we talked about doing that with peak 2429, but instead did a loop with two of my favorites, voaz and irregular loop
8A - 302 - irregular link - 1A - voaz (with a visit to the lookout) - 304 - 8B
from the 8B saddle, went south and up along the ridgeline
fun scrambling with good views of the park
pretty obvious trail most of the way
didn't care for how we dropped off the end, and in looking at my track i can see why
if anyone is interested in doing this, load black toes' track and descend toward the southwest rather than the south
back on 202 and 8A
a nice alternative from 8B for a loop instead of a lasso
thanks for doing this with me john :)
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Jan 19 2015
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 chandler,az
Phoenix Mountains Medley, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jan 19 2015
johnlpTriplogs 4,326
Hiking6.91 Miles 1,839 AEG
Hiking6.91 Miles   2 Hrs   49 Mns   2.59 mph
1,839 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
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Link-O-rama hike. Some new trails for me. Had no idea where we were going. The ridgeline is pretty cool. Nice and warm. Fun hike. Thanks Kelly! :)
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May 08 2014
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 Joined Sep 24 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Mohave RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 08 2014
black_toesTriplogs 348
Hiking2.07 Miles 1,034 AEG
Hiking2.07 Miles   2 Hrs   52 Mns   1.24 mph
1,034 ft AEG   1 Hour   12 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
The figures above for time, distance and AEG are based on a loop from the Squaw Peak deadend. They do not reflect numbers for the main objective, which was hiking the ridgeline of the several peaks east of Squaw Peak Drive. I plan to do a route and description in the not too distant future.

My ridgeline trek started on the north at the Elydia Davis memorial bench in the high saddle of the Ruth Hamilton Tr, continued S over the summits of what I determined were six peaks and ended at the high Connector Tr on the south. The connector I'm talking about parallels the #202 Mohave Connector, but above it and is the more popular of the two.

This is the same route I aborted on March 30 because of high wind and shaky legs. Today, with only a light refreshing breeze and stronger underpinning, I made it in fine shape. It just took a while.

Elevations of Peaks 1 thru 6, north to south: 2,109, 2,109 (amazing, though #1 seemed a few feet higher by eyeball science), 2,079, 2,074, 2,058 and finally 1,995. Six peaks in a row with summits within 114' of each other! This is according to my GPS, and the numbers are intended to show only the relative differences in this sextet. So, in the larger sense, you are traveling downhill as you proceed southward.

Very few do this ridgeline. I have seen two or three go up to Peak #1 but I have no clue how far south they went. By the time you reach the rock front of Peak #3 the faint trail has all but disappeared and you have to bushwhack and haul yourself up over large grainite boulders and in one case a small rockfall. I used my hands a lot on the rock and in one instance on a particularly steep section, tossed my trekking pole down about 10 feet so I could use both hands on the granite. The good thing is you can always find the "trails" again because the width of the ridgeline is small. I estimated it was 15' across at one point with steep slopes on both sides.

The summit of Peak #4 is fairly flat and offers a nice place to rest. Someone had obviously been there. I saw what looked like an empty flip-top beer can so old that only the silver-colored aluminum remained. No recent signs of travelers. And of course saw no one on my trip today, only hearing voices waft up on occasion from Squaw Peak Dr far below.

At Peak #5, someone has spray-painted graffiti in blue across the faces of several large boulders on the north face. It's not art. Just stupid stuff.

The worst time came in descending the south side of Peak #6 down to the connector trail. It is very steep with nothing but pebbles to walk on and very few trustworthy hand-holds on rock. It took an hour or so it seemed to get down that 128' in elevation and I almost fell once. That descent without injury was almost as much a victory as completing the entire ridgeline.

It was sunset when I reached the connector and 7 dark 40 when I got back to the car. My Civic was the only one left in the parking lot, though at one time, from above, I had noticed the lot all but full. May try this one again someday when I have time to linger on top of, say, Peak #4 and enjoy the expansive views.
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