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Ridgeline Trail

Intermediate
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This is one of the more challenging trails in the Deem Hills Rec Area with a beautiful view of the surrounding area.


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Map Key

1.6

Miles

2.5

KM

86%

Runnable

2,022' 616 m

High

1,677' 511 m

Low

238' 73 m

Up

348' 106 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The parking and entrance hours are from 6am to 7pm. Trail hours are from 5am to 11pm.

Runner Notes

Some loose rock can be found at several points along the trail.

Description

Ridgeline offers a slightly more challenging alternative to the Circumference Trail since it leads you to the top of the hill rather than around it. The trail is well-maintained, clearly marked, and has only a minimal amount of loose gravel in some places. The actual summit cannot be reached without veering off the trail about 100 feet, but staying the course offers good views of the suburban development in the south, desert mountains in the north, and the Central Arizona Project aqueduct that separates the two.

The trail descends the hill via a few large switchbacks and connects to the Circumference Trail at the bottom. If you are able to tackle a bit of an incline to the top, this trail is definitely worth the effort.

Flora & Fauna

Desert plants and cacti are plentiful. You’ll likely encounter squirrels, birds, and lizards. Also, be on the lookout for rattlesnakes!

Contacts

Shared By:

John Parker

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Photos

Halfway up Ridgeline Trail looking down and south.
Feb 20, 2016 near Anthem, AZ
Heading up the Ridgeline Trail.
Feb 20, 2016 near Anthem, AZ
Ridgeline Trail heading down.
Feb 20, 2016 near Anthem, AZ
Looking back after the last climb.
Feb 20, 2016 near Anthem, AZ
View from the top looking East
Mar 12, 2018 near Anthem, AZ
View from the top looking West
Mar 12, 2018 near Anthem, AZ

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