Mohave Trail (#200) - Hike and Horseback near Phoenix, Arizona
~5699-5975 E Squaw Peak Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA,Phoenix,Arizona
33.54065924, -112.0186424
7.1 miles NE of Phoenix, Arizona
Address: ~5699-5975 E Squaw Peak Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
GPS: 33°32'26.4"N 112°1'7.1"W
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State: Arizona
Trail Length: 2.00 miles
Trail Type: Out & Back
Hike Difficulty: Intermediate
Elevation Gain: 531 feet

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Hike and Horseback

An invigorating swift hike is what Mohave Trail 200 provides for anyone looking for a free and quick escape. Though the main attraction of the Phoenix Mountain’s Preserve is the larger Piestewa Summit, this small-scale peak is a prize in its own right. The trail yields a peaceful expedition away from the crowds and a private scenic view at the end. Measuring at around 0.6 miles in distance (one-way) doesn’t negate the fact that its 300-foot elevation change is just as rapid as the 30-minute hike time.

The trailhead begins just north of the Mohave Picnic Area on the east side of the parking lot near Squaw Peak Drive. Once you find the signs for Trail 200, you will begin to climb the upslope of the trail for less than a quarter of a mile before you come to a divide in the trail. Be sure to follow the signs to the right keeping you on the trail, as the left path will lead to Quartz Ridge Trail; another awesome trail that will tack on another half mile to your total excursion. After taking the right path there is more climbing for another 0.2 miles. To avoid straying off course, the rule of thumb for this hike is to maintain travel in the southwest direction. Stick to the right!

For the last part of the trail, steep switchbacks will elevate you to the highlight of the summit. After a bit of physical exertion, you can relax at the top with sweeping valley views, a south mountain background and to the rear of you, the Phoenix Mountain Preserve range. A great site for a sunset gazing!

This trail is dog-friendly, as long as you keep your furry friend on a leash! It is a relatively easy hike for a keen outdoorsman but can be ramped up if tackled at a faster pace. Otherwise, it is the perfect starter trail for those new to the hobby of hiking! 

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  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
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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 past McDonald's 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 (4.9 mi)
  7. Take exit 5 toward Lincoln Dr (0.3 mi)
  8. Turn right onto E Glendale Ave (0.3 mi)
  9. Continue onto E Lincoln Dr (0.3 mi)
  10. Turn left onto E Squaw Peak Dr
    Destination will be on the right
    (0.9 mi)
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Trail 200 courtesy of Lori Trail 200 courtesy of Lori↗ Mohave Trail courtesy of Hiking Project Mohave Trail courtesy of Hiking Project↗

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Distance ?

1.4 miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain ?

98 feet

Real Ascent ?

347 feet

Real Descent ?

249 feet

Avg Grade (2°)

3%

Grade (-28° to 30°)

-54% to 57%

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

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