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​Trail 25

Trail 25 has served as a connector between Lookout Mountain and the rest of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve for about 20 years. The existing Trail 25 alignment largely utilizes the golf cart path. Unfortunately, this shared use arrangement with golf carts, hikers, and cyclists has caused conflicts.

In recent months, the City of Phoenix, with the assistance of Councilwoman Debra Stark, has met with stakeholders in the surrounding neighborhood to explore potential Trail 25 reroutes. After several on site and virtual meetings, a new proposed alignment has been identified.

With the new proposed alignment, the City and stakeholders seek to:

  • Reduce potential conflicts by minimizing the trail's use of the golf cart path.
  • Construct the trail as natural surface trail, to provide a more enjoyable, natural hiking experience for trail users, like the existing Preserve trails.
  • Utilize existing trail easements where possible, reducing the need for new easements.

Questions and Answers

  • Q: Is the proposed alignment the final alignment?

  • A: No. We continue to receive and consider feedback on the proposed alignment to help inform decisions on the final alignment.

  • Q: What happens after the City stops taking public comment on October 31?

  • A: After October 31, next steps will be identified and the public will be notified of follow-up meetings or outreach. 

  • Q: Will the City need to construct a new underpass to get under Thunderbird Road?

  • A: No. There is an existing underpass as shown on the map (labeled in yellow) that connects Trail 25 to the south side of Thunderbird Rd. Construction of a new underpass will not be necessary.

  • Q: Will the trail experience be significantly different from what it is today?

  • A: The majority of the proposed alignment remains within the golf course perimeter. The intent is to provide a natural surface trail adjacent/relatively close to the paved cart path, keeping the trail experience essentially the same.

  • Q: Does the effort to realign Trail 25 affect the use of the sidewalk on the east side of Pointe Golf Club Drive?

  • A: No, The sidewalk on the east side of Pointe Golf Club Drive (Trail 25A) is not being considered as the Proposed Trail 25 alignment. The sidewalk is - and will continue to be available to walk as an alternative to the natural surface Trail 25. Those who choose to use Trail 25A/sidewalk can utilize the crosswalk at the traffic signal at the Thunderbird/Pointe Golf Club Drive intersection.​​

  • Q: Will there be pavement markings or a crosswalk on Point Golf Club Drive where the trail crosses the street?

  • ​A: ​The Streets Transportation Department is reviewing options for this crossing. More information will be added as it becomes available. 

Please take a moment to share your comments on the new proposed alignment.​ We anticipate accepting comments through October 31, 2021.

Trail 25 Map ​​