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Calderwood Butte Trail - 5 members in 23 triplogs have rated this an average 2.4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 14 2021
Falke
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 Phoenix, AZ
Calderwood Butte TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Falke
Hiking1.23 Miles 295 AEG
Hiking1.23 Miles      35 Mns   2.17 mph
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Short but fun little trail of you’ve got a bit of time and find yourself in north phoenix. Great views to the north at the summit.
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Dec 26 2020
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 Grand Canyon
Calderwood Butte TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hippy
Hiking4.65 Miles 682 AEG
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Took the dog out for a quick walk.
Combined "The Maricopa Trail" with Calderwood Butte...walked Maricopa to the west trailhead of Calderwood and went up and over.

The Maricopa Trail seems to be a lot of canal and road walking so far :lol:

I still adore Calderwood, really busy today though so we skipped the second part of the loop and exited via the East trailhead.
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Nov 24 2020
Hippy
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 Grand Canyon
Calderwood Butte TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hippy
Hiking3.05 Miles 516 AEG
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Woke up early and took the dog for a quick hike. Apparently 3 miles and 500ft aeg is his limit right now. Poor pooch is wiped out. Those lazy summers in Phoenix dont afford him much hiking time. Guess it's a good thing I'm back in town for the winter.
Gotta whip that doggo back into shape!
Love this little trail because it's a short walk or bike ride from the house, it's well maintained and usually void of human litter. The views are nice for being in the city.
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Nov 21 2020
Booneman
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 Chandler, AZ
Calderwood Butte TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Booneman
Hiking2.60 Miles 633 AEG
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Quick loop around Calderwood to complete this set of trails. Minus the trail race and mountain rescue, not much to see out here.
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Apr 10 2020
Hippy
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Calderwood Butte TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hippy
Hiking2.20 Miles 491 AEG
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Super easy trail, very well maintained and heavily used. The TH parking lot is so small, less than 10 spots.

We rode our bikes over to this little hill this afternoon, surprised to see an actual trail! We just thought we'd have to hop someone's fence to get up there haha
Should've known, City of Peoria loves it's little hiking trails.
We only did 2mi, it looks like the trails off the hill shoot north and south a bit. Looks nice for a sunrise stroll.
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Charger55
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 Mesa, AZ
Calderwood Butte TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Charger55
Hiking1.63 Miles 416 AEG
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Jan 28 2019
mt98dew
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 Phoenix,Az
Calderwood Butte TrailPhoenix, AZ
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Run/Jog2.73 Miles 416 AEG
Run/Jog2.73 Miles      42 Mns   3.90 mph
416 ft AEG
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After work jog. Started from the 99Ave TH and did the summit loop and hit the spur that heads off to the south. Parking lot and trails were busy. The great weather is getting people out.
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Jun 07 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Calderwood Butte TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking1.63 Miles 416 AEG
Hiking1.63 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   1.40 mph
416 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Needed a quick hike after work even though the temp was 103. Since this was a short hike and I had lots of water, there was not any issues. Trail is in good condition. Enjoyed the view from the top. Also was able to grab a GeoCache on my way out.
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Apr 13 2018
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 Phoenix, Az
Calderwood Butte TrailPhoenix, AZ
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Uberdroog
Hiking2.10 Miles 600 AEG
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Uberdroog
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 Phoenix, Az
Calderwood Butte TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Uberdroog
Hiking2.90 Miles 816 AEG
Hiking2.90 Miles   1 Hour   9 Mns   2.52 mph
816 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
 
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From the trailhead, up to the peaks and across to Jomax. Pretty sweet backyard hike. This one will be a rugular now that it is 50 feet from my backyard.
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Nov 10 2016
mazatzal
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Calderwood-Sunrise-Westwing-Eastwing, AZ 
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mazatzal
Hiking10.00 Miles 1,640 AEG
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Headed west to check out some peaks :)

First I did the short trip up Calderwood. Next I drove over to Westwing Park and did two trips, Sunrise and Westwing. For the last one I headed up Easting.

Liked Westwing the most. Very few people on all 4 trails, 3-6 on each one.
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Jun 10 2016
afrankie
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 Carrboro, NC
Calderwood Butte TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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afrankie
Hiking3.10 Miles 903 AEG
Hiking3.10 Miles   1 Hour      3.80 mph
903 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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Good fortune coincided my day off with the first mild and cloudy morning in weeks, so I headed to north Peoria to check out Calderwood Butte. Took the designated trail and then saw a well defined social/connector trail to the southwest towards Jomax, so I checked that out as well. A few others and their pets were out on the trail in the morning. It was interesting to sit up there and watch home construction projects on each side of the mountain - especially to the SW where there's a formidable cliff face. This will be a small but nice backyard gem for them...
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Jun 07 2016
mt98dew
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 Phoenix,Az
Calderwood Butte TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mt98dew
Hiking2.97 Miles 416 AEG
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After work hike. Did the loop at the top and then did the connector trail that heads off to the north. I was surprised at the elevation change as I went down that trail. There were some nice rock formations that I couldn't see from the higher parts of the trail. This side trail ends across from a small neighborhood park. I walked a short ways past the park and noticed that there was a paved/crushed gravel path that leads to the backside of homes that border the desert on the west side of Calderwood Butte. On the return trip I stayed on the north side of the hill. No wildlife, saw nary a soul.
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Sunrise Mountain - PeoriaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking11.75 Miles 1,979 AEG
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Huge kudos to Peter for the recommendation on this one! Sunrise Mtn is a real gem for city hiking; [and from what I've read / could see of them, the same is true for the nearby West & East Wing Mtns]. As always, I was looking for something I hadn't done before; and this weekend, something close by. My weekends are usually reserved for bigger/more remote ranges, but I first wanted to have a strong finish logging double digit mileage before driving several hours one way. Sunrise Mtn [etc.] fit the bill perfectly; in addition to tons of interconnected trails, there are also a gazillion and one "routes"; in fact, many of the "routes" are so well beaten in that 'unofficial trail' would be a more fitting designation. To top things off, the surrounding terrain has lots of excellent gripping rock and very little brush. With visibility better than many *trails and *easy off-trail opportunities, [*relative to what I'm accustomed to], I didn't feel uneasy bushwacking during snake season. That said, I'm not even attempting to describe my route... please reference my GPS tracks; and trust me when I say, it will save more than 1,000 words of reading. In other words, I had myself a blast free-styling up/around Sunrise Mtn. ;)

While the Sunrise Mtn portion of my adventure totally rocked, the second half, [although still filled with fun moments], left something to be desired. From one of the peaks on Sunrise Mtn, I noticed a small but rugged looking peak a short distance away. Route Scout identified it as Calderwood Butte, and it was under 2 miles as the crow flies. Eyeballing the topo, I estimated that incorporating it would put my RT mileage at around 11-12, [exactly where I wanted to be, distance-wise], while allowing me to finish with a fun little peak in the process.

It was a solid plan, but I was up against an element I'd totally underestimated: urban bushwhacking. :o There were two main developments I had to get across to reach Calderwood Butte: the first was between Sunrise Mtn and North Lake Pleasant Pkwy, and the second was between North Lake Pleasant Pkwy and Calderwood Butte. Let's just say, not only was this the first I ever found myself switching from topo to satellite view while in route, utilizing satellite imagery while urban bushwhacking was like the 8th wonder of the world!

As I made my way across the first development, things were going very smooth. In addition to not feeling like a rat in a maze thanks to Route Scout's awesome satellite view, the development was also VERY hiker friendly, with tons of dirt roads/paths in between the homes. In fact, by the time I made it over to where I had to cross North Lake Pleasant Pkwy, I'd literally gone less than one tenth of a mile on pavement.

Unfortunately getting across the second development proved to be a less than pleasant experience. Thinking it would also be hiker friendly, I continued to head pretty much as the crow flies toward Calderwood Butte, down a dead end road; [many of the dead end roads I'd passed/seen in the first development had foot/bike paths between the houses]... well, NOT so with this one! No biggie, the satellite imagery revealed that one road over, there was an exist to the development. I'd wasted less than a quarter mile... or so I thought! Satellite imagery also showed that BOTH the road with the exit and the sidewalk were gated. Never having seen a gated sidewalk [or a gate/fence in such a neighborhood that I couldn't managed to get over/though], I think I had to see this one to believe it. Under normal circumstances, I would've had no trouble get over; but I definitely would've needed both hands/arms and climbing is still off-limits for me for a few more weeks. Thus, by the time I retraced my steps and went even further out of the way to find an unlocked exit to the development, I'd gone just over a mile extra.

The frustration did nothing but bring out the best in me though... as I approached Calderwood Butte, I noticed this FUN looking gully on the SE side. Not wanting to put forth the effort to ascend via the gully, I flew up the trail and thought to myself, 'at least I know which way I'm coming down.' :D The trail then started to switchback in an area with good-gripping rocks and very little brush. I wasted no time and headed straight toward the summit, 'as the crow files'. Upon reaching the summit, there is short spiny ridge line, which the trail skirts for the most part; however, it is very well routed. I opted for the route over the trail and headed toward the high point. For such a tiny peak, the views are really impressive! After taking a few minutes to soak them in, I head back across the summit's ridge line toward North Lake Pleasant Pkwy and began my bushwhack down the gully. It is routed, but very lightly, [likely due to Class 2, possibly Class 3 climbs]. I managed to maneuver down much easier than anticipated, [given that I did so without using my left hand/arm even once].

While I had a blast going down the gully, the fun was short lived... no sooner had I descend from the section requiring use of hands/arms when I heard the buzz of a bee... and in less than 2-3 seconds later, the F'er stung my left ear. Let's just say, I've NEVER negotiated rocky/off-trail terrain that fast in my life! I literally ran down a steep slope with somewhat loose footing, [and miraculously managed to do so without falling, crashing into a cactus and/or twisting an ankle]. I thought bees were supposed to die once they sting you, but I heard/felt buzzing around my head for a good 30-60 seconds after I got stung; it could've been a different bee, but I was stung only once and the buzzing sounded like it came from just one bee. I'm wondering if the F'er was an Africanized bee, based on the way it stung me without warning... and on how badly it hurt. I have a crazy high pain tolerance, [and have been stung by bees plenty of times in my life, although not recently], yet I've never in my life recalled feeling pain/soreness from a bee sting, aside from the moment I've been stung/a few minutes thereafter... this time, however, it throbbed for several hours. When I got back to my vehicle, I examined my ear; it was moderately red but there was no swelling, [despite the fact that the stinger was still embedded]. Removing the stinger didn't make it feel better/worse, but luckily, [now 6-7 hours later], it feels almost normal.
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Feb 21 2016
black_toes
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 Phoenix, AZ
Marinette Canal, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Feb 21 2016
black_toes
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Very little is left of the Marinette Canal after 106-years. Aka the Marinette Heading Canal, most of it was destroyed by modern housing developments. The canal ran along the east side of the Agua Fria River for 5 or so miles south of what is now Jomax Road. Its purpose was to provide irrigation for orchards and crops at a town called Marinette, which was deserted and became a ghost town. Del Webb bought the property in the middle of last century and turned it into modern-day Sun City.

The canal's beginning starts with a tunnel blasted through rock at the very SW corner of the little range of peaks and river bluffs around Calderwood Butte. It is clearly visible for about 200 feet, although imagination can follow it along for a short distance farther. The ditch lays about 8-10 feet below a wall of rocks that borders it on the W. Few people seem to notice it. The few locals I talked with did not know its history.

I thought of walking down in the ditch but I would have needed a machete to do it. Palo verde, mesquite, brush and cactus now grow where Marinette water used to run. Water is now diverted from a stone-lined riverbed before entering the tunnel. It goes out under a culvert to the Agua Fria's mainstream.

The length of the tunnel is about 60-75 feet and marked on the N with a cement wall with the numeral "1910" etched and painted into it. I assumed that was the year the canal was built. Taggers have left their work inside and out. I didn't go through the tunnel but could easily see all the way through. An old sofa rests at the far end. Must be a local hang-out of some kind. I saw a young man go into the tunnel, talking on a phone.

The Marinette Canal might be of some historic interest to hikers using the southern trail to Calderwood Butte's summit on the north side of Jomax. Just walk west about 100 yards from the unmarked TH, and you're at the canal.
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black_toes
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 Phoenix, AZ
Calderwood Butte TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 14 2016
black_toes
Hiking2.94 Miles 768 AEG
Hiking2.94 Miles   2 Hrs   37 Mns   1.73 mph
768 ft AEG      55 Mns Break
 
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My second visit to the Butte's small bump of a summit. The first time, on Feb 12 of last year, I came up from the E, from the busy TH off 99th Ave. To avoid the traffic and cover new ground, I decided to try a route from the Jomax Road TH on the south. I made it much harder than it should've been.

First, I missed the TH. I parked at the side of a paved road and headed out N on what I thought was the Agua Fria River Trail. As I rounded the N end of a new housing development and turned E through a cozy playground, I hit a deadend. Not wanting to backtrack, I went off-trail on a slow stumbling ascent through palo verde, saguaro and you-name it. If I had to pick perfect rattlesnake country, this was it.

Very slow going. Steep terrain. Lots of rock, much of it loose. Not as bad as Ludden Mtn, but close. At this point I was swinging along the Butte's SW slope. The summit looked a hell of a long way off. I could see no direct line to the upper trail. Discouraged I kept going E, figuring I'd intersect the southern Calderwood Butte Trail eventually. And I did. It was a nice trail, switchbacking up and not too steep. From where I came out of the rough country, it was only 2/10 of mile on up to the juncture with the main trail coming up from 99th Ave.

It was an easy ascent from there to the summit, only .32 of a mile. I blew so much time, though, in the rough country, I had precious few moments to enjoy the views if I wanted to get back to the car before darkness. Even then I got mesmerized by a fleet of hot-air balloons rising from the N. I counted 12, more by far than I'd ever seen at one time in the Phoenix area. From the summit, I looked south along the "Jomax" trail and tried to map it out mentally. It disappeared behind some small peaks above an area of high bluffs standing guard along the Agua Fria. That trail was going to be my way back, come hell or high water. If it was a deadend over there, so be it. I wasn't traipsing back through that crud I'd ascended over, not with sunlight quickly vanishing.

The "Jomax" trail proved a winner. A bit rocky in places but clearly visible and winding a wide, artful path. I held my breath as I rounded the last little peak, then relaxed as I saw the trail led down to Jomax Road, a distance of about 1 1/4 mi from the Butte. I reached the car at 1820, about 10 minutes after a beautiful sunset.

I learned a couple of things on this hike. One, I will always go up Calderwood Butte from the south from now on. Nice trail, sweeping views to the west. Two, I have conquered my fear of sliding on loose rock with a sprained left ankle, now two months old. It's feeling good again and so am I.
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Aug 22 2015
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 Goodyear, AZ
Calderwood Butte TrailPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.33 Miles 774 AEG
Hiking3.33 Miles   1 Hour   36 Mns   2.44 mph
774 ft AEG      14 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
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Hurt my back last weekend and have been painfully recovering all week. Felt pretty good this morning and made an impromptu drive over to Calderwood. The copious slathering of IcyHot was working overtime and so were my sweat glands on this hot and humid late start (6:52). Missed the sunrise, I doubt I missed much since there wasn't a cloud in the sky. Took the southwest route down to the high point, not too exciting. Nice views from atop the cliff. Turned around and finished of the hike with a trip around the top of the butte. Saw two other fellows on the main trail this morning. Good to get out. Better to have my back feeling better.
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 Phoenix,Az
Calderwood Butte TrailPhoenix, AZ
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mt98dew
Hiking1.48 Miles 416 AEG
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Wanted to check out this neighbor to EastWing. TH is easy to find. From Lake Pleasant Rd. turn west on Jomax and then north on 99th. The TH sits at the base of the hill off of 99th Ave. The trail climbs modestly throughout as it switchbacks to a false summit. At this false summit the trail splits. You can take either path as this is a loop and either direction will bring you back to this point. The left path is a little more direct and less steep, but neither path is overly difficult. And, if you were to take the right path you would quickly come to a set of benches that look off towards EastWing Mountain. There were a couple of spur trails that took off from the main trail nearer the base of the hill. One of the spurs was on the south side the other on the north side. I didn't follow either one so I'm unsure where they lead. But neither could go far since the hill is indeed surrounded by a developing subdivision. The view from up top was nice, especially with the palo Verdes in bloom. However, being surrounded by homes did detract a bit from the vision. No wildlife. Encountered 3 different parties. One was a group of 6 12-14 year olds. I have a feeling this mountain will have a spider web of trails in the future because of its easy access for the nearby community. Enjoy the pristiness while you can.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Calderwood Butte TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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black_toes
Hiking1.25 Miles 395 AEG
Hiking1.25 Miles   2 Hrs   2 Mns   1.67 mph
395 ft AEG   1 Hour   17 Mns Break
 
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There is an interesting piece of history to this butte. Down below the western summit about 400' by the Agua Fria riverbed was the old Agua Fria stagecoach station run by Capt. M. H. Caldwerwood and wife Caroline. It was the last station for travelers to get water, food and supplies before crossing the vast desert west to the Hassayampa River. The stage route ran between Phoenix, the Vulture Mine, Wickenburg and Prescott. The butte stands alone like a sentinel on the east bank of the Agua Fria and was no doubt a landmark, marking for Phoenix visitors the end of a dreary trip across a waterless no man's land. Calderwood's station was here as early as 1875. Phillip Darrell Duppa, reputedly one of the founders of Phoenix, had a station nearby in 1874 when it was destroyed by flood.

It is a short hike of about 6/10 of a mile to the butte's summit at 1,703' el. From its rocky and steep drop-off to the west, you can get a great view of this once lonesome land and imagine what it was like traveling out there 140 years ago. Some of that land, particularly between Wittmann and the Hassayampa, is as empty today as it was way back then. On the horizon, odd-shaped Vulture Peak rises in a gray-blue haze and behind it, out of sight, is that fabled old gold mine by the same name.

The Calderwood Butte Trail was humming in late afternoon with grown-ups and noisy kids. Construction in the Northlands subdivision is on-going and will soon surround the butte entirely, including along the riverbed. But there is a nice TH with a table and a big parking lot off 99th Ave, and the trail, although a bit rocky, offers a pleasant trip with views as it winds around and up the south face. Just as I got back down to the TH shortly after 6 o'clock, I heard the kind of noise I love to hear. The honking of about 40 Canada geese, flying right over the butte in a "V", heading north, migrating back from winter in Mexico, I assumed, back to Alaska and other northland places, this route far older than any ol' stagecoach road. For anyone interested in the stagecoach line, Leland Hanchett's "Catch the Stage to Phoenix" might be a good place to start.
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Calderwood Butte TrailPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking4.96 Miles 1,081 AEG
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Took the pups on another morning hike. We did all the trails in the area. We went off trail to hit a couple high points. Very nice area.
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