North Mountain Hike


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This short section of the Shaw Butte Trail at North Mountain Park in Phoenix, Arizona is a moderate 2.2 mile out-and-back hike to the top of the first hill on North Mountain.

From the top of the hill, you get amazing views to the west, north, and east from North Mountain Park.

This hike starts off at the visitor center and follows Trail #100 (Charles M. Christiansen Memorial Trail) for 0.3 miles before hitting a trail junction - stay right at the junction to continue heading northwest through the park. Shortly after, about 0.2 miles from the first trail junction is yet another intersection - stay left to head toward the Shaw Butte Trail (#306). Take a left-hand turn on the Shaw Butte Trail and follow it until you reach a steeper uphill section - this is the climb up North Mountain to Shaw Butte.

To reach the first lookout point (where this recording ends), hike for another 0.3 miles from where the trail heads uphill and start looking for a rock pile off to your left.

Petroglyphs: Petroglyphs can be found etched into rocks along the trail and at the lookout point.

Parking: Parking can be found at the coordinates provided at the North Mountain Visitor Center.

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2.2 miles
Trail added January 12, 2019

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