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, Arizona 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



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


18 days ago

In regard to the post from Clare - Im just curious if you have ever seen someone towed... I am a local who has been parking in that shopping plaza for years and have never personally had an issue nor have I known anyone who has been towed from there. I acknowledge there is a sign but from my experience if you aren't a jerk and park in an "incognito" spot there is no issue.

I would agree probably not incredibly smart to park in a spot that is labeled "15 minute pick up".

21 days ago

FYI - DO NOT PARK IN THE SHOPPING PLAZA BESIDE THE CAR PARK. Cars are towed from there and there is a sign saying no hiker parking.

1 month ago

An enjoyable trail in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Parking is awful at all times but additional parking can be found across the street in the shopping plaza.

I really enjoyed this trail for what it was. Expect fairly high traffic but the trial itself is wide and well maintained. The first half includes very mild elevation gain into easy switchbacks to the top of the ridge.

*Special note - the second half of the trail is unfortunately disappointing as it meanders down into a small creek and abruptly stops. I recommend picking up trial 8B at the top of the ridge. You will follow it to a higher point where you get a great vista on Piestawa Peak and then drop down. You can then use the Mojave connector (202) to cross back over the ridge and return to your original starting point.

2 months ago

2 months ago

Love it

3 months ago

Nice afterwork hike if you can find a parking spot!!

4 months ago

Great views and good moderate climb up. Worth doing for sure.

4 months ago

Love Quartz Ridge, and you can vary it up by starting at Squaw Peak northernmost trailhead, 32nd and Lincoln, or 40th St trailheads.

6 months ago

Nice, quick hike that is located in the middle of the city and way less crowded than Camelback. The hike took me a little less than an hour to complete 8A but I did run parts of it.

7 months ago

Pretty flat, but great for a nice run. Beautiful views and not to steep.

7 months ago

Did a cozy Friday afternoon hike at Quartz Ridge today. As many times as I have been to Piestewa Peak Park I had never been to this trailhead before. Piestewa Peak and Quartz Ridge are both part of Phoenix Mountain Preserve and they share trails. The primary trail at Quartz Ridge is the 8A. I had tramped on it before inside Piestewa Peak but today traveled the length from the trailhead. It starts out as a nature hike but gets rugged at the top. There it joins up with the 8B which is prominently located inside Piestewa Peak. I did 4.2 miles out and back. One could easily mount a 10 mile hike by looping between Quartz Ridge and Piestewa Peak. It was a fun neighborhood hike.

8 months ago

Great place to hike up

8 months ago

Felt very remote!

nice, quick alternative hike to Piestewa.

8 months ago

Easy hike at a moderate incline not too hard, easy to stay on trail. Dog friendly.

8 months ago

Great trail to get a quick cardio workout, OR just to get away from city for awhile without making a long drive. I do this trail frequently because it's so accessible. Moderate trail as there are good inclines and towards the top a little bit of footwork is necessary.
Parking can be a pain as with all trails in the Phx Mtn Preserve / Camelback. If you wait it out a few moments someone usually back comes down the trail and it opens up.

9 months ago

Nice easy hike with good views of the valley. Wouldn't recommend for hikers with dogs because the trail was really narrow at parts and the other hikers were quite rude to my dogs.

9 months ago

Nice trail-well marked with trail end sign at the end. Pretty rocky in spots.

9 months ago

Great views. Pleasant

11 months ago

A quieter hike that gives you all the views near one of the most traveled trails. It's especially nice to have some variance in the height to keep it interesting instead of all up or down.

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