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Shaw Butte Loop via North 7th Avenue

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Phoenix Mountain Preserve

Shaw Butte Loop via North 7th Avenue is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.1 mi Elevation gain 836 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Views

Wildlife

No shade

Waypoints (0)
Tips

Please be aware that dogs are not allowed on this or any other trails in the city of Phoenix when temperatures are greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Reviews (135)
Photos (665)
Recordings (139)
Completed (771)
Morgan Flander
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HikingNo shade
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Jenna Smith
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Hiking

Pretty black rocks, nice long hike with some incline

Rick Sather
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Beautiful views

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Jason Kingstad
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Hiking

Great loop in a great area with plenty of great hikes!

Louie Lujan
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No shadeRocky

We live on the trailhead. An excellent day hike. There are some strenuous parts of the hike that I would be cautious of. However, there are so many different routes and you can easily tell which are easy. There are many dogs on this trail, so if you bring yours, place on a leash. Overall, a great hike just a few miles north of downtown Phoenix!

Adam McNabb
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Molly Kramer Michelz
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HikingNo shadeWashed out

One word: Meh. Hike #4 with mom who is 75 yrs and started hiking last year. Her takeaway was “meh” as well. The reason we chose “washed out” is the highest elevation points are via a service road which is badly washed out leaving lots of loose gravel-the kind that you can easily slip on and the kind where you constantly have to be looking down to check where you’re walking. That’s just not enjoyable. Per the reviews, we went clock wise which gives you the long gravelly walk down and then flat valley path back. Maybe try the opposite way instead? We dug taking pics with the antennas at the top, the great views of the surrounding area (hello, inversion!) and a good distance hike but wouldn’t do it again as there’s better options available in the area.

jashilynn smith
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HikingNo shadeRocky

I should of done this hike clockwise because going down was rough. Took me about 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours because i kept stopping and looking at things. Bring 2-4L of water because there is almost no shade and its a steep climb. Watch out for bikes. wear boots that prevent rolled ankles as there is very uneven terrain on half of the hike.

Shay Narcisse
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. Definitely inclining portions that really works the muscles. Great overall!

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Hemingway The German Shepherd
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Hiking

some loose rocks, really fun, do it clockwise

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Jared Dobiecki
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HikingRocky

Solid hike, great views up top. Wear good shoes.

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Maisal G
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Hiking

I really like this trail, we do it at least once a week. The start can be difficult with the steep uphill portion, but overall it’s a good hike.

Sherri Kolman
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HikingNo shadeRocky

After reading other hiker reviews, we hiked clockwise and walked on level ground for the last mile or so. I strongly recommend doing it this way otherwise you’re hiking 80% of the elevation gain at the tail end of the trail. The incline is gradual and there are pathways to see both radio and satellite antennas. Solid views overlooking the valley and surrounding mountains. Bring plenty of water as there is a minimal amount of shade.

Chris Spano
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Definitely recommend doing this trail clockwise. It's a good ascent to start off.

Brian Peterson
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HikingNo shade

I took this trail clockwise. Starting the ascent pretty much immediately really gets the heart rate up. The way up was enjoyable, but pretty rocky. Once at the top you are walking on more of a road than a trail on the way back down. The last leg back to the car was flat and easy, nice cooldown on an 80 degree day. Bring lots of water!

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Joshua Kenneth
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Hiking

Fun trail. Lots of uphill and pretty popular, but still really cool!

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David Black
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Caitlin Lewis
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Devon Davis
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First to Review

Solid hike. Great views. Bring plenty of water. Trails posts weren’t exactly clear. All trails app was on point.

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Gena Wilkins
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Douglas Towne
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Douglas Towne
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Douglas Towne
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