ElevationAscent: 711' 217 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 1,988' 606 m
Low: 1,277' 389 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
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“A shorter trail that will get your heart pumping!”— Alisha J
The trailhead is easy to find and there are four trail markers along the way. The trail is busy on weekend mornings, so if you lose the trail due to large rocks you can get back on track by following others.
The trail is a steady climb with two or three flat areas that provide a nice break if needed. As the description says, this trail will get your heart beating. Expect to see some folks taking breaks on nearby rocks.
You'll know you have reached the end of the trail when you see a sign pointing runners on to the National Trail and the Mormon Loop (see photo). This is one of the great features of this trail; you can turn around at the top and do just under 2.5 miles total or you can choose to continue your outing on the National Trail or the Mormon Loop. Completing the Mormon Loop and then heading back down to the parking lot is just over five miles.
You'll see older children and dogs on the trail. There are a lot of dogs, big and small, and a lot of dog poop, so watch your step!
This also makes a great late afternoon outing after work and parking is a breeze during the week. In the late afternoon/early evening, you may hear coyotes howling when you reach the top of the trail.
This is great run in the heart of the city and close to the East Valley. There are great views and friendly people out on the trail.
Do not forget to bring water on your outing, it is a must year round.
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Land Manager: City of Phoenix - Trails and Desert Preserves