Perl Charles Memorial Trail (#1A)

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Phoenix Mountain Preserve

Perl Charles Memorial Trail (#1A) is a 7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,181 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Connected to the Perl Charles Memorial Trail. A short uphill climbing trail that adjoins the Perl Charles Memorial Trail (1A) at about 1 1/4 miles along the trail. It follows switchbacks up the side of the mountain, and then down the other side to rejoin the 1A and the 302.

mountain biking
no shade
rocky
washed out
23 days ago

Lots of 6 in drops off of rocks. Must have good brakes or you’ll be walking the bike down. But there are a lot of nice flow single track that is fun.

hiking
no shade
rocky
29 days ago

First, as usual, the directions provided by All Trails to any of the many trail heads was flat wrong. Lately, I've been just ignoring their directions and finding the trail heads on Google Maps. There are several ways to get on the trail. One easy location is to take Lincoln to 22nd Street. Go north on 22nd until it ends. There's a short spur to the trail. You can also Google Dreamy Draw Recreation Area E. Northern Avenue and that will take you to a nice parking lot with access to the trail via a short spur. Now for good stuff. The trail is interesting in that it winds its way throughout the Dreamy Draw preserve. There are some solid quad burning climbs and descents and some of the views are truly spectacular. There are a variety of vantage points from which you see incredible rock formations or even the entirety of mid and downtown Phoenix. There wasn't much in the way of wild flower blooms today but that season is passing pretty quickly now. The trail is not particularly well marked so you really have to keep your eyes open for the 1A signs. When in doubt, check your trail map on All Trails. Based on length and some of the steeper long climbs, I'd rate the trail as at the higher level of moderate. Bring way more water than you think you'll need and don't try this without either trail runners or hiking shoes. The trail is dog friendly but watch out for rattlers and foxglove (gets stuck in their paws). Oh, and bring water for Fido too. Between my wife, dog, and me, we went through about 3.5 liters.

hiking
closed
no shade
rocky
scramble
washed out
1 month ago

One part of the trail is closed as of April 7rh. That only cuts a little bit off the length, so no big thing. Great trail but a lot of loose rocks and scramble.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike... definitely alot of different terrain.

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Beautiful Saturday social isolation hike with Floyd

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

The best place to park for this exact trail is actually off 18th St. in a dead-end down Myrtle, West of the 51, as it's a little less inconspicuous. And although there is trail access from where this recording starts, off 20th St. and Myrtle, it's in a neighborhood or you have to park in the church parking lot. The Perl Charles Memorial Trail does start right here, but you can also just do the same loop minus the trek along the 51 by just starting from the Dreamy Draw parking lot. Bring your hiking shoes though! Steep grades, loose rock and dirt, almost a scramble in certain spots depending on your skill level. A lot of people try these trails in tennis shoes, but the terrain is kinda rugged. There's a paved section near the parking lot off Northern if you want a leisurely walk. With that said, Perl Charles is definitely one of the better trails in the area if you don't feel like going to a summit. Great views right now too, the mountains and hillsides are exceptionally green. I haven't seen the Phoenix Mountains like this in awhile!

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

Wayyy too rocky

This is an awesome trail to hit before or after work. I’ve hiked a lot of urban trails around different cities, but this trail is definitely one of my favorites that’s within an easy drive from a major metropolitan area. It’s got it all, great views, a nice mix of climbing and descending, plenty of wildlife, and a nice distance.

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
5 months ago

We did a loop that involving Perl Charles Trail horse path using two underpasses of 51. On the west side of the loop we travelled up on top of a lookout and the views are spectacular. Great hour long dog walk. Will do this one more often.

This trail really surprised me! It starts out a little too urban for my taste (paralleling the 51). But then just over half a mile in, you start climbing into the mountains and the rest of the hike is absolutely beautiful! Decent level of challenge and more like seven miles if you do exactly the trail on the Alltrails app

Early morning hike with head lamp and camelpack. Off for Tyler’s fall break.

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Good trail with nice distance with plenty of uphill stretches to get the blood pumping. The trail is pretty worn in many spots and that makes for some shady footing. Bikers whizzing past on certain sections of the trail means you've got to be on your toes.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice urban trail.

hiking
no shade
Wed May 29 2019

Nice trail. Confusing at times with lack of trail markers in a few spots where multiple trails come together. Trail was 5.65 miles with the paths we followed.

hiking
Mon Apr 01 2019

I parked over on East Myrtle and took the path underneath the highway. Once I got into the park it was a piece of cake. So all totaled we did about five and a half miles.

hiking
Fri Mar 29 2019

Nice hike!

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