Quartz Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Quartz Trail is a 9.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,194 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
6 months ago

Started at the 105th Street overpass. Pretty easy gravel rocky path the whole way. The side path up to the white quartz deposit is probably the coolest part of this trail. If you want to continue it’s a nice quiet walk through a rocky wash canyon, continue up and over a white rock wall and you’ll find a view of the Thompson’s Peak towers and a dead end.

hiking
8 months ago

First of all, I'd like to thank Matt who posted his review below. Without his hint, we could have cancelled this hike and hiked some other trailhead. The app's direction directly landed us into N 100th street. We searched every nook & corner to figure a space that leads us to the trail's starting point. Google maps came in handy with the help of it and Matt's recommendations, we headed to N 104th street. Here we found a spot to park the car and take the Levee trail head and then connect to Quartz trail head via Paradise and Lost Dog wash trail. While walking the trail head after taking the Quartz trail diversion from lost dog wash trail, after couple of miles towards the right one can see a steep elevation & a clearly marked path. This leads to the Quartz deposits, that might have formed due to the volcanic eruption that might have occurred some million of years ago, expelled from the magma. Took some snaps here and we continued towards the summit. The summit ain't anything remarkable. Then onwards the trail runs into wash surrounded by dry grass and mountains. If one carefully observes there are some trail road/path indicators on the way - small iron rods with some aluminum kind of leaf tied to it. It's peaceful all the way here. It goes and goes and finally you realize you have met the destination only when you see no trailhead anymore. Else there absolutely is no clue you have reached the summit. It ain't any Mountain. It's just an abrupt end to the flat trail head. All the way on the trail head you can see the Thompson's Peak with a Verizon tower on top of it. A bit disturbing to see something like a tower in a place so pristine and all nature but yep, one has to accept it and go on. All in all I liked the trailhead after we explored it.

hiking
9 months ago

Accessible from multiple points #1 Westworld trail head take the path under Thompson Peak, towards the golf course, you catch the trail at the first restroom building you see. Or #2 can be accessed off 105th st park in the shopping center by Twisted Lizard. Then head to the NE corner of the bridge over the wash. The trails takes you up through a wash gradually climbing up/around Mcdowell Mtn Ranch. If you continue to follow you will come across an old quartz deposit, There is a side trail that leads up to the deposit, however it is very steep and rocky. I will say it is worth the views. If you continue on quartz trail past the quartz deposit, you will eventually run into a wash the trail continues into/up the wash into a box canyon. There was no cell service at this point (verizon)
Can also use as a connector to Paradise trail into Gateway/Bell Pass etc to the north, Talesin trail to make a loop or continue south towards lost dog trailhead.

Overall a nice trail that does offer a bit of shade through the lower wash.
Edit: Updated directions to 105th st Twisted Lizard area

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7 months ago

recorded Track - Dec 30, 03:50 PM

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