Quartz Ridge Trail (#8A)

MODERATE 138 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
620 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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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.

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Love it

2 months ago

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

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