Charles M. Christiansen Memorial Trail - Hike, Horseback, and Mountain Bike near Phoenix, Arizona
Trail 100, Phoenix, AZ 85028, USA,Phoenix,Arizona
33.56461784908911, -111.97802402079105
9.8 miles NE of Phoenix, Arizona
Address: Trail 100, Phoenix, AZ 85028, USA
GPS: 33°33'52.6"N 111°58'40.9"W
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State: Arizona
Trail Length: 10.00 miles
MTB Difficulty: Beginner
Trail Type: Network
MTB Trail Type: Singletrack
Hike Difficulty: Beginner
Elevation Gain: 200 feet

Hike, Horseback, and Mountain Bike

Phoenix, Arizona is home to some of the best and largest city parks in the country and the Charles M. Christiansen Memorial Trail is a great introduction to this fantastic park system. Also known as Trail 100, the Christiansen trail is a 10.7 mile stretch of wilderness through the Phoenix Mountain Preserve right in the middle of suburban Phoenix, which will make you forget that you're in the city, especially if you don't bring enough food or water. The trail is intended for hikers, horses, and mountain bikers.

There are multiple parking areas to access the Christiansen system. The most convenient parking areas are located right off of N Tatum Blvd and another at the main parking area for Dreamy Draw Recreation Area. The Tatum parking area has very limited space so arrive early and create a 'plan B" parking option. Both parking areas allow easy access to any of the trails in the trail system. For the best access to Trail 100, it is best to park at Dreamy Draw and ride NW for 5 miles (until you hit 7th) then return on the same trail, making it and out & back.

The 5-6 miles on Trail 100 have great views of the Phoenix suburbs, nice singletrack, gentle climbs, and only 200ft of elevation gain, making it a very beginner friendly trail. There are many other exciting and technical trails nearby that are all marked well with posts.

This trail crosses a few arroyos with sharp turns so always be careful of on-coming hikers, riders, or horses.

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Be courteous, informed, and prepared. Read trailhead guidelines, stay on the trail, and don’t feed the wildlife.

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Directions

From Phoenix, Arizona

  1. Head west on W Washington St toward 1st Ave (0.5 mi)
  2. Turn right onto N 7th Ave (0.2 mi)
  3. Continue straight to stay on N 7th Ave (0.6 mi)
  4. Turn right to merge onto I-10 E toward Tucson (2.3 mi)
  5. Take exit 147A-147B for AZ-51 N (0.6 mi)
  6. Continue onto AZ-51 N (8.7 mi)
  7. Take exit 9 for Shea Blvd (0.3 mi)
  8. Keep right at the fork and merge onto E Shea Blvd (1.8 mi)
  9. Turn right onto N Tatum Blvd (1.2 mi)
  10. Turn right
    Destination will be on the left
    (85 ft)
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Dreamy Draw Mountain Biking, Phoenix Mountain Pres by Mitch Allaman
Phoenix Mountains Preserve Trail 100 Mountain Biki by Sean Hahn Hiking Charles M. Christiansen Trail #100, Phoenix by KingsnakeSince1986

Trails

Distance ?

3.6 miles

Elevation Gain ?

1 feet

Real Ascent ?

367 feet

Real Descent ?

366 feet

Avg Grade (0°)

0%

Grade (-7° to 7°)

-12% to 13%

Elevation differences are scaled for emphasis. While the numbers are accurate, the cut-away shown here is not to scale.

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