North Mountain & Shaw Butte Trails

 

 

Parks and Recreation Services Update41Parks and Recreation Services Update<div class="ExternalClassAAF05150334C447D8616046CD40FBFA4"><p>​The city's <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1039" target="_blank">indoor recreational facilities are temporarily closed</a>.​​ </p><p>Outdoor recreational facilities are open normal hours of operation. That includes all parks, trails and golf courses​. <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1646" target="_blank">All athletic field reservations and tournaments are canceled, and select park amenities and all sports complexes are closed until further notice</a>. <span style="text-align:left;color:#f2f2f2;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline;white-space:normal;"><span style="text-align:left;color:#f2f2f2;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline;white-space:normal;">#allpks <span style="font:400 13px / 1.6 "segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;white-space:normal;display:inline;">​​​​​​<span style="color:#f2f2f2;"><span><span>#Homepage</span></span><span style="color:#444444;line-height:1.6;font-stretch:normal;"></span></span>​</span></span></span><br></p><p>Groups of 10 or less are permitted in city parks as long as individuals are spaced six feet apart, spectators are wearing masks or properly physically distanced, and the group is not participating in full contact athletic games and activities​.<br></p><p><a href="/parks/classes-and-programs" target="_blank">Registration​</a> for in-person classes, programs and activities is paused until further notice. <br></p><p>Community members are encouraged to stay active by participating in the FREE <a href="/parks/classes-and-programs" target="_blank">PHXPlays at Home</a> and <a href="/parks/fitphx" target="_blank">FitPHX</a> virtual recreation programs. <span style="text-align:left;color:#f2f2f2;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline;white-space:normal;">#Community​Centers</span>​</p><p><a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1068" target="_blank">Learn more about Parks and Recreation impacted services </a></p></div>3/13/2020 7:00:00 AM12/1/2021 7:00:00 AM

 

 

"Take a Hike. Do it Right." Hiking Safety Message3"Take a Hike. Do it Right." Hiking Safety Message<div class="ExternalClass0B12337F359B4FDC8525C8706510E9B5"><p>City of Phoenix Park Rangers educate trail users to follow important <a href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_NRD/Take%20a%20Hike%20-%20Do%20it%20Right.pdf" target="_blank">"Take a Hike. Do it Right."</a> safety guidelines.​ Regardless of the weather or time of year, always hydrate before, during and after a hike.​</p><p>Monitor the <a href="https://weather.com/weather/today/l/USAZ0166:1:US" target="_blank">local forecast</a> and understand that all<a href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_NRD/Trail%20Rating%20Guide.pdf" target="_blank"> trail difficulty ratings</a> are raised one level when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. <span style="color:#f2f2f2;">#hikeright​</span></p><p>Dogs are prohibited on all City of Phoenix hiking trails when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. </p><p><a href="https://www.azhumane.org/events/dont-leave-pets-kids-hot-cars/" target="_blank">Learn how to keep pets safe during warm weather months</a>.</p><p>​The <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1628" target="_blank">annual ban of open fires in Phoenix's desert parks and mountain preserves​</a> ended December 1, 2020.​</p></div>4/18/2020 7:00:00 AM12/1/2021 7:00:00 AM

 

 

     

​Trail Descriptions

 

​Maricopa Trailhead

10600 N. 7th St.
Trailhead Hours - 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Trail Hours - 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.


North Mountain National Trail -Moderate/Difficult

Difficulty:  Moderate/Difficult 

Access:  Start from Maricopa Trailhead.  Proceed to North Mountain National Trail.

Description:  North Mountain trail is a hard-surface asphalt and dirt, out and back trail. The trail is steep and offers a great cardiovascular workout. The trail offers excellent views of Downtown and North Phoenix.     

Distance:  1.6 miles 

Elevation Change:  614 feet




 

Mountain View II Park

9901 N. 7th Ave.
Trailhead Hours - 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Trail Hours - 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Maxine Lakin Nature Trail -Easy

Difficulty:  Easy 

Access:  Start from Mountain View Park. Proceed to Maxine Lakin Nature Trail.     

Distance:  1.2 miles 

Elevation Change:  190 feet




 

North Mountain Park

10608 N. 7th St.
Trailhead Hours - 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Trail Hours - 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Penny Howe Barrier Free Trail -Easy

Difficulty:  Easy 

Access:  Start at North Mountain Park. Proceed to Penny Howe Barrier Free Trail.

Description:  This trail offers two small loops which are very user friendly. There are interpretive plant signs located throughout the trail.     

Distance:  0.3 miles 

Elevation Change:  40 feet 




 

North Mountain Visitor Center

12950 N. 7th St.
Trailhead Hours - 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Trail Hours - 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Charles M. Christiansen Memorial Trail  (Trail 100) -Moderate

Difficulty:  Moderate 

Access:  Start at the North Mountain Visitor Center. Proceed left to continue on to Charles M. Christiansen Memorial Trail.

Description:  From a portion of the trail, hikers can get great views of Shaw Butte and North Mountain. A water catchment with interpretive signage is located along the same trail. This is a good area for wildflower viewing February through April. Longer hikes are an option in either direction. Water and a shade ramada are available at the trailhead.      

Distance:  10.7 miles 

Elevation Change:  790 feet




 

Shaw Butte Trailhead

12898 N. Central Ave.
Trailhead Hours - 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Trail Hours - 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Shaw Butte Trail -Difficult

Difficulty:  Difficult 

Access:  Start from Shaw Butte Trailhead.  Proceed to Shaw Butte Trail.

Description:  A rocky and dirt loop trail that starts off easy at the trailhead. As you make your way up the Butte, the trail becomes very steep and rocky at some points, as well as asphalt at other points. It is not uncommon to encounter leashed dogs as well as mountain bikers. When reaching the top, you will pass  by the old "Cloud Nine" concrete foundation is all that remains of the early 1960s elite Phoenix area restaurant that burned to the ground and was never rebuilt. At this point, you will be offered beautiful 360 degree views of the valley. You may encounter wildlife and could even see a falcon diving after its prey. Dogs are more than welcome on this trail, as long as they are kept on a leash.      

Distance:  4.0 miles 

Elevation Change:  654 feet

 

Take a hike, do it right logo 

Review "Take a Hike. Do it Right." guidelines before visiting the trail.  The symbol to the right of each trail name represents the difficulty rating.

Trail rating guide 

*Add an additional level of difficulty when the temperature is in the triple digits.