Pretty easy hike. I would suggest parking at North Mountain Park visitor center, would have been helpful to talk to someone who was more familiar with the trail, and probably a safer place to park our car.

This is trail is a little challenging. From the trailhead off of Central Ave., south of Thunderbird, it is immediately a steep up hill climb. You're able to ascend all the way to the radio towers that can be seen from below. SOME of this is paved, however, it has NOT been well-maintained. I definitely wouldn't count on in for traction.

There a few switchbacks on your way to the towers. Once you're there, the vantage point is great. You'll have some nice views of the local neighborhoods, including Thunderbird High School in the west, downtown Phoenix to the south, and a good portion of trail 100 to the east.

I would recommend a good stretch before beginning, because the constant uphill climb is rough on the hamstrings and glutes, and the descending that follows is tough on the quads. Make sure you have boots with good traction, also. The second half (downhill) portion has lots of loose gravel in places.

Overall, a GREAT workout and nice hike with plenty of photo ops.

One last thing... The parking lot is small and spaces are limited. Keep that in mind when choosing which day/time to go.

Great short workout for a fast walk or run. If a .80 mile isn't enough for you just do it twice. It's a paved trail / service road.

hiking
12 days ago

sweet views all around the valley

I live on the side of this mountain, pretty easy if you hike normally! great views!

14 days ago