Shaw Butte and Charles M Christiansen Loop Trail

MODERATE 279 reviews
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Shaw Butte and Charles M Christiansen Loop Trail is a 4.7 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
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
944 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

When you say "North Mountain," most Arizonans know where it is or can find it. When you say "Shaw Butte," it seems like you get a lot more questioning glances and "huh?". Shaw Butte is the other side of the preserve. There are 3 interesting landmarks on this trail, 2 radio towers and an old burned down restaurant, all of which are fun to check out. Despite not a ton of people knowing the name, this is a very popular trail and a good place to get a nice challenge in. Take the access road up and down a few times and you'll get your workout in for the day! Additional parking is off of Central and Thunderbird. The Trail 306 starts uphill and stays that way pretty much till the towers, with just a few flat spots to give you a break. You can walk around the towers for some nice views of the city. Once you pass the towers and continue around the loop you come to an old restaurant that has been burned down for 40 years. Take some time to look up the old Cloud 9 Restaurant and relive some history. Continuing down the switchbacks the backside of the mountain is nice and flat and easy going. You will probably pass a mountain biker or two at some point down here. You also get on part of the Trail 100 that runs through several of the mountains in the area. Also, dog friendly.

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3 days ago

I'm going to try this again when I'm more advanced. About 1.5 miles in I realized I wasn't going to make it. I ended up on the "100" trail with the yellow sign. It's not that the trail was too much but the sun was INTENSE. It was only to be a high of 97 but the temp was 106 when I got back to my car.

Overall it was very pretty and definitely not for the less hydrated crew.

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3 days ago

This is a awesome incline trail if you want a slow incline walk to the top. It's trail is roomy and the views are amazing! I enjoyed it for the morning hike about 2 hours.

3 days ago

Not much in the way of scenery, but does offer nice views overlooking the city. Definitely qualifies as "leg day."

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10 days ago

Great nice little workout.

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The North Mountain Tower Road Improvements will begin soon, and will require temporary trail closures of the North Mountain Tower Road. Keep informed by e-mailing the project tream at northmountainproject@gciaz.com or calling the 24 hour Project Hotline at (623)825-3444. Public meeting date to be announces soon. Join the project email team at www.surveymonkey.com/r/northmountain

1 month ago

There were Lots of tiny lizards on the trail today!

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2 months ago

Route offers scenic views of metro area. Like many other mountain trails, there is much loose rock. A good neighborhood outing when more remote, scenic trails are out of reach.

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