North Mountain & Shaw Butte Trails

 

 

 

 

Trail Restrictions for Dogs - Dogs prohibited on trail when temperature is 100 degrees or warmer4Trail Restrictions for Dogs - Dogs prohibited on trail when temperature is 100 degrees or warmer<div class="ExternalClass2CC0A0158ABE4807B10863919E4E57EB"><p>Dogs are prohibited on city of Phoenix hiking trails when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. </p><p><a href="http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/pets_safe_heat_wave.html?" target="_blank">Learn how to keep pets safe during warm weather months.</a> #hikeright<br></p></div>5/4/2018 7:00:00 AM9/30/2018 7:00:00 AM
Hiking Safety Heat Message3Hiking Safety Heat Message<div class="ExternalClass0B12337F359B4FDC8525C8706510E9B5"><p>Triple-digit temperatures are in the forecast for the Phoenix area. City of Phoenix Park Rangers advise not hiking during these weather conditions and ask that you always follow these life-saving <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.</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. #hikeright<br></p></div>5/4/2018 7:00:00 AM9/30/2018 7:00:00 AM
Fire Ban for Desert Parks and Mountain Preserves9Fire Ban for Desert Parks and Mountain Preserves<div class="ExternalClass9BD9996AE1234347B07E288EB7C4F430"><p>​The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will ban open fires in the city's desert parks and mountain preserves starting <strong>Tuesday, May 1, 2018</strong>.</p><p>The annual fire ban stipulates the following: Open, wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in any part of Phoenix's preserves; smoking outside of enclosed vehicles will continue to be prohibited; propane or gas grills may be used, but only in established picnic areas.</p><p>For additional information contact 602-495-5458 or <a href="mailto:natural.resources.pks@phoenix.gov">natural.resources.pks@phoenix.gov</a>. #hikeright</p></div>4/25/2018 7:00:00 AM10/15/2018 7:00:00 AM

 

 

Tower Road Improvement Project6Tower Road Improvement Project<div class="ExternalClass3B78C6696B6C4AA7A7518CE319EB3F19"><p><strong>Project start:</strong> January 2018, <strong>Projected completion:</strong> Winter 2019<br></p><p>​North Mountain Tower Road and 7th Street Tower Road (only) parking area will be closed to all user traffic throughout the duration of this project. Trail users may still hike to the top of North Mountain from Trail 44 from the Quechan Ramada in North Mountain Park, but must return on the same trail.<br></p><p>For more information and project updates call 623-825-3444 or e-mail <a href="mailto:northmountainproject@gciaz.com" target="_blank">northmountainproject@gciaz.com</a>. #northmountain</p></div>2/15/2018 7:00:00 AM1/31/2019 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

 

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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.