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“Trail 100 from North Mountain Visitor Center”

Phoenix Mountain Preserve
Ranked #12 of 240 things to do in Phoenix
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Owner description: Offers more than 23,000 acres crisscrossed with trails.
Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is one of my most favorite hikes! There is plenty of parking at the Visitor Center. From this point you can head West up to Shaw Butte, or head East on Trail 100 to the Preserve. I prefer hiking on the preserve because to me it's more scenic without burning your lungs off from hiking steep hills. The Preserve part of Trail 100 goes underneath 7th. Street, sending you through a cute little section of overgrown trees that I like to call the Enchanted Forest. From there it goes through several gradual ups and downs. The entire trail is actually 14 miles, however my normal route is to take it until it hits Cave Creek Road, then turn around and head back. It's about 5 miles of great exercise, beautiful scenery, and a wonderful way to spend a Sunday morning with friends.

3  Thank 412ginad
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

Nice place to catch a quick hike or trail run close to Phoenix. There are several trails. You'll most likely encounter mountain bikers and people walking their dogs as well. You can access the trails from several areas and neighborhoods. Drive to the end, park and off you go! Make sure to bring enough water. Lovely sunrise and sunset views. Views of downtown Phoenix as well.

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Reviewed May 22, 2014

I stayed at the hotel across the road and hiked over for three separate hikes. The Shaw Butte trail was beautiful and rewards you with a great view of Phoenix at the summit. If you have knee problems, I'd recommend doing this loop clockwise to avoid a really steep and sometime loose rock on the descent.

Mark

2  Thank strandediniowa
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Reviewed May 9, 2014

On a nice day, the main trailhead for the Mountain Preserve off Lincoln Dr. can be a zoo and parking impossible. But the trailhead at the end of 40th St. south of Shea Blvd. is usually more civilized. And if the parking lot fills up there, you can park on the adjacent streets. The trails start out flat, unlike Piestewa Peak, so hiking is easier but you can go up the Yates trail for more of a challenge. There are restrooms, water and shaded tables at the trailhead. When you leave, head up 40th Street and take a right on Shea. Go east one mile to the intersection of Tatum and Shea. The Fry's grocery store has a very nice outdoor, shaded seating area where you can grab a drink, relax and refuel. There are other restaurants and coffee spots at that intersection too.

13  Thank CactusGary
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

The Preserve is beautiful and well-maintained. I found it best to start at the Dreamy Draw Trailhead, where there is a paved trail emergin from the parking lot. There are some gorgeous views while hiking here!

2  Thank cara l
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