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.
dogs on leash
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.
Great place to hike up
Felt very remote!
nice, quick alternative hike to Piestewa.
Easy hike at a moderate incline not too hard, easy to stay on trail. Dog friendly.
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.