Quartz Ridge Trail - Hike and Mountain Bike near Phoenix, Arizona
~8A, Phoenix, AZ 85018, USA,Phoenix,Arizona
33.53244114, -112.01208253
6.8 miles NE of Phoenix, Arizona
Address: ~8A, Phoenix, AZ 85018, USA
GPS: 33°31'56.8"N 112°0'43.5"W
Maps | Directions
State: Arizona
Trail Length: 3.40 miles
Trail Type: Out & Back
Hike Difficulty: Intermediate
Elevation Gain: 620 feet

Pet Friendly

Hike and Mountain Bike

This is a very popular trail on weekend mornings. Casual hikers can get great views of Phoenix with moderate effort. Good place to bring out of town visitorsCourtesy of hikearizona.com
The Quartz Ridge Trail is a short, although relatively strenuous hike. The trailhead at 32nd street is really easy to find, although finding parking can be a challenge due to the popularity of the trails in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. The Quartz Ridge Trail is the main trail starting at this trailhead. The first half-mile is mostly flat, only gaining about 125 feet of elevation. There are huge Saguaro Cacti all along this part of the trail as you hike through the valley, which provide those classic southwest landscapes.Courtesy of outdoorproject.com

For more information, visit:

Add Reference URL

Link to another great resource

Never modify trail features. Ride trails when they're dry enough that you won't leave ruts. Speak up when you see others on the trail and always yield to hikers, horses, and others coming uphill. Always ride on the established trail.

Read More

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

Read More
  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 (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 (1.6 mi)
  10. Turn left onto E Sierra Vista Dr
    Partial restricted usage road
    (0.1 mi)
to add photos & videos and suggest edits

Guest Review/Comments

/5
Edit Review Delete Review
Reply Cancel
Trail Through Canyon courtesy of Grant Thomas Trail Through Canyon courtesy of Grant Thomas↗
HIKING IN THE DESERT - (Quartz Ridge, Phoenix, AZ) by Grant Thomas

Trails

Distance ?

1.7 miles

Elevation Gain ?

192 feet

Real Ascent ?

695 feet

Real Descent ?

503 feet

Avg Grade (1°)

2%

Grade (-28° to 22°)

-53% to 40%

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

Other Mountain Bike Trails and Hiking Trails Nearby

Add Location 1.4 mi

Mohave Trail (#200)

Phoenix, Arizona

0.7 miles NW

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...

Hike, Horseback

hike Hiking Trail

horseback Horseback Trail

2.2 mi

Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300

Phoenix, Arizona

0.8 miles NW

Some people still refer to the Peak by its original name of "Squaw Peak" before its name changed to "Piestewa Peak" in honor of Lori Piestewa who died serving her country in the...

Hike

hike Hiking Trail

3.8 mi

Freedom Loop Trail (#302)

Phoenix, Arizona

0.8 miles NW

Freedom Trail (#302), also known as Piestewa Circumference, is a 3.8 mile, moderate loop trail.  You can access this trail from all the inner trailheads. The easiest and least...

Hike

hike Hiking Trail

1.9 mi

Ruth Hamilton Trail

Phoenix, Arizona

0.8 miles NE

Hike and Mountain Bike near Phoenix, Arizona

Hike, Mountain Bike

mountain bike Mountain Bike Trail

hike Hiking Trail

Arizona Canal Trail

Phoenix, Arizona

1.0 miles SW

Multi-purpose canal trails set apart from normal city traffic and noise. The Arizona Canal is one of the many canals used to supply the valley with its water needs (irrigation). These canals were...

Hike, Horseback

hike Hiking Trail

horseback Horseback Trail

4.6 mi

Perl Charles Memorial Trail (#1A)

Phoenix, Arizona

1.8 miles W

This is a technical singletrack loop with some very steep up and down sections located in the Phoenix Mountain Preserves. This trail is for advanced riders who like to bleed and leave their skin on...

Hike, Horseback, Mountain Bike

mountain bike Mountain Bike Trail

hike Hiking Trail

horseback Horseback Trail

4.8 mi

Trail 1A

Phoenix, Arizona

2.3 miles NW

The trail can be accessed from the Dreamy Draw Park parking lot. From there, the trail can be ridden south towards its origin, or east (the trail makes an "L" shape). It is a mix of double...

Mountain Bike

mountain bike Mountain Bike Trail

1.0-1.2 mi

Camelback Mountain

Phoenix, Arizona

2.3 miles E

Hiking After Camelback became a park in 1968, TripAdvisor advertised the hikes as one of the top 10 things to do when in Phoenix. Located right in the middle of Phoenix, Scottsdale and...

Hike, Rock Climb

rock climb Rock Climbing Wall

hike Hiking Trail

1.3 mi

Dreamy Draw Loop Trail

Phoenix, Arizona

2.4 miles NW

The Dreamy Draw Nature Trail is a short multi-access loop trail that provides a true Sonoran Desert experience. The trail crosses a number of desert washes and, at times, becomes somewhat rocky....

Hike, Horseback, Mountain Bike

mountain bike Mountain Bike Trail

hike Hiking Trail

horseback Horseback Trail

Trail #100

Phoenix, Arizona

2.4 miles NW

From Dreamy Draw you can head NW on Trail 100 and immeadiately hit a ridge with good views. Ride on for 5 - 6 miles of nice single track and great views, to 7th and return. If you...

Mountain Bike

mountain bike Mountain Bike Trail

L.V. Yates to "Two Bit" Peak Loop

Phoenix, Arizona

2.6 miles N

Well this time of the year there really was not a lot of wild life to see, just to hot. Starting from the 40st trailhead gave me a different view of the preserve. I really enjoyed...

Hike, Horseback

hike Hiking Trail

horseback Horseback Trail

2.6 mi

L.V. Yates Trail (#8)

Phoenix, Arizona

2.6 miles N

The trail is strewn with large rocks and gulleys from recent torrential rains. Not impassable on foot, but definitely some hike-a-bike areas.  Keep in mind there's no ridge hiking...

Hike, Horseback, Mountain Bike

mountain bike Mountain Bike Trail

hike Hiking Trail

horseback Horseback Trail

4.6 mi

Mystery Loop

Phoenix, Arizona

2.7 miles N

The trail is a nice combination of technical rock trail, washes, and climbs. There is a large network of trails to make the ride longer or shorter depending upon your needs. These trails cross over...

Mountain Bike

mountain bike Mountain Bike Trail

7.1 mi

Trail 100

Phoenix, Arizona

3.0 miles NE

Mountain Bikers and Hikers in Phoenix, Arizona can rejoice in the challenge that is Trail 100. Trail 100, or Charles M. Christensen Memorial Trail, is a little over 14 miles out and back in the...

Hike, Mountain Bike

mountain bike Mountain Bike Trail

hike Hiking Trail

3.6 mi

Charles M. Christiansen Memorial Trail

Phoenix, Arizona

3.0 miles NE

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...

Hike, Horseback, Mountain Bike

mountain bike Mountain Bike Trail

hike Hiking Trail

horseback Horseback Trail

North Mountain National Trail

Phoenix, Arizona

5.0 miles NW

North Mountain National Trail is a 2.3 mile moderate, loop trail near Phoenix. It's easy to travel on if you go up the paved sections. The inclines are steep in parts, making it a real...

Hike

hike Hiking Trail

Maxine Lakin Nature Trail

Phoenix, Arizona

5.1 miles NW

Hike near Phoenix, Arizona

Hike

hike Hiking Trail

Shaw Butte and Charles M Christiansen Loop Trail

Phoenix, Arizona

5.5 miles NW

When you say "North Mountain," I think most Arizonans know where it is or can find it. When you say "Shaw Butte," it seems like you get a lot more questioning glances and "huh?". Shaw...

Hike, Mountain Bike

mountain bike Mountain Bike Trail

hike Hiking Trail

Papago to Tempe Town Lake

Phoenix, Arizona

5.5 miles SE

There are many paths that interconnect within Papago park and the nearby Tempe Town Lake. Any of these in combination provide a good walk or bike riding experience with a variety of views. Papago...

Hike

hike Hiking Trail

Shadow Mountain Trail

Phoenix, Arizona

6.0 miles N

This particular route trailhead starts at 23rd place and Sweetwater rd it's a great wildlife trail.

Hike

hike Hiking Trail

More Similar Arenas Near Quartz Ridge Trail:

Mountain Bike Trails Hiking Trails Things to Do

Nearby Campsites

More Campsites Near Quartz Ridge Trail:

Campsites

Embed Arena

Where do you plan to embed this code?

<script src="https://www.freearenas.com/embed/a37530101"></script>

Copy
×
loading...

Add an Arena

Just some quick info about this location to get started...

New Collection

Update Review

/5

Edit Your Experience

Log Your Visit to This Location

We've logged that you went. Is there anything else you want to add?

Thank you for your review/comment

We've recorded your comments. Is there anything else you want to add?

By recording your visit on FreeArenas.com, you'll have a collection of all the great places you've been and provide valuable information for yourself and others in the future.

Have you been to this location?

/5
Cancel

Donate to the Cause

We're trying to get people off their couches and off their phones to responsibly enjoy the great outdoors. It takes a lot of work to populate, curate, develop, and market our website and mobile application. Even the smallest contribution can go a long ways towards helping this all happen faster and better. Thank you!