Shaw Butte and Charles M Christiansen Loop Trail - Hike and Mountain Bike near Phoenix, Arizona
~12950 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85022, USA,Phoenix,Arizona
33.59796259, -112.06651089
10.3 miles N of Phoenix, Arizona
Address: ~12950 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85022, USA
GPS: 33°35'52.7"N 112°3'59.4"W
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State: Arizona
Trail Length: 4.70 miles
Elevation Gain: 836.00 feet
Hike Difficulty: Intermediate
Trail Type: Loop

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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 Butte is the other side of the preserve and what a trail it is. There are 3 interesting landmarks on this trail, 2 radio towers and an old burned down restaurant, all of which are fun to check out. Despite not a ton of people knowing the name, this is a very popular trail and a good place to get a nice challenge in. Take the access road up and down a few times and you'll get your workout in for the day! Additional parking is off of Central and Thunderbird. The Trail 306 starts uphill and stays that way pretty much till the towers, with just a few flat spots to give you a break. You can walk around the towers for some nice views of the city. Once you pass the towers and continue around the loop you come to an old restaurant that has been burned down for 40 years. Take some time to look up the old Cloud 9 Restaurant and relive some history. Continuing down the switchbacks the backside of the mountain is nice and flat and easy going. You will probably pass a mountain biker or two at some point down here. You also get on part of the Trail 100 that runs through several of the mountains in the area. Also, dog friendly. Courtesy of AllTrails.com

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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
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Directions

From Phoenix, Arizona

  1. Head west on W Washington St toward 1st Ave (1.2 mi)
  2. Continue onto W Adams St (0.8 mi)
  3. Turn right onto N Black Canyon Hwy (75 ft)
  4. Take the ramp on the left onto I-17 N/US-60 W
    Continue to follow I-17 N
    (11.0 mi)
  5. Take exit 210 for Thunderbird Rd (0.2 mi)
  6. Merge onto N Black Canyon Hwy (0.1 mi)
  7. Turn right onto W Thunderbird Rd (2.9 mi)
  8. Turn right onto N 7th St (0.5 mi)
  9. Turn right (0.1 mi)
  10. Turn right (148 ft)
  11. Turn left (161 ft)
  12. Turn left
    Destination will be on the left
    (131 ft)
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