Quartz Ridge Trail (#8A)

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Quartz Ridge Trail (#8A) is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenix, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.4 miles 620 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

6 days ago

Probably beautiful during wildflower season. Was hot n dry the day I went but cool canyon valleys and amazing caterpillars everywhere!

hiking
1 month ago

A great trail. I approached it from the 40th St. trailhead and took 8A past the saddle and circled back around before coming back to 8 and the parking lot. Good workout!

4 months ago

too rocky!!

5 months ago

5 months ago

Great trail! Although I wouldn't consider it easy. I've done some moderate trails that were at about this level of difficulty. Awesome view! Worth it just bring water

hiking
6 months ago

I did this hike on a Friday morning in March around 9:30am, took me a little over 2 hours but I stopped often to take photos. I had meant to do the Mystery Loop but didn't make the turn. This hike was very quiet. There are 3 benches along the trail, one by the trailhead, one near the middle, and one at the end. The last bench is considered then end but it is connected to many more trails which were busy.
Positives-amazing wild flowers/cactus blossoms this time of year, quiet hike, very relaxing, beautiful scenery
Keep in mind - not a crazy workout, I had to run it to get my my heart pumping, if you prefer summit trails this might not be for you (no exciting "wow" factor at the end), lots of bees this time of year, some trail marks were difficult to find

6 months ago

awesome hike!

hiking
7 months ago

Great local day one hour hike. Busy and narrow at top ridge but good seeing people being active.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy to hike and beautiful trail

9 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Decent hike - got crowed quick and trails are narrow. Defiantly need to start early. Will do it again.

1 year ago

hiking
3 years ago

I hike this one quite often. It's an easy access city trail with much less traffic compared to other climbs. Its a more moderate skill level as well which makes it great for newbies, kids or a tough run.

hiking
3 years ago

This is a nice hike that takes you out of the urban area without actually leaving it, with easy to moderate terrain. The trail is hard to follow in some places due to many offshoot social/use tracks. There is an interesting large white quartz boulder near the top of a rise. Good views of Piestewa and surrounding peaks.

hiking
4 years ago

It is a easy hike if you don't go the wrong way like I did. I ended up at the very top of Quartz Peak awesome views today. The rain sure change the landscape. Flowers are blooming, Ocotillo are getting all their leaves back and starting to bloom. There was a very nice breeze coming from the South felt very refreshing.

hiking
4 years ago

Hiked this on 2/19/2012. Very popular trail, easy to follow with great views all around.

hiking
4 years ago

This hike is pretty good. Great views of the Nature Preserve most of the way up. Its not well marked (I didn't see ANY marking besides the map at the trailhead) so make sure you go straight, and don't accidentally turn down Trail 100. Just follow the trail straight and it will start curving up the mountain. Easy to lose in a few spots, but you'll find it again. Then there's a nice plateau 3/4 the way up with good views of Camelback and some rich people's houses to the east. Then there two ways up to the peak to the north, easy to miss. One is steeper than the other. Great views for such an easy hike.