Caption: Spring time rains in North Mountain Park can mean beautiful wildflower hikes along the trails
It is important to remember that the Phoenix mountain preserves are open, undeveloped desert areas. Please use care when heading out as hikers routinely encounter rocky terrain, rattlesnakes and other potential hazards native to the Sonoran Desert. Check out safety tips for a full list of ways to enjoy your outing.
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The trailhead is located at the northwest corner of the Havasupai parking lot in North Mountain Park. Paved parking, restrooms and drinking water are available.
This self-guided nature trail is a short loop trail adjacent to the picnic areas at North Mountain. Bear to the right at the start and follow the loop in a counterclockwise direction back to the beginning.
The trailhead is located at the paved parking lot at the end of Central Avenue south of Thunderbird Road. **Parking is limited at this trailhead and on-street parking in the surrounding neighborhood is prohibited.
The Shaw Butte Trail signs show trail number, direction arrow and elevation along the way. Follow the service road up the hill to a junction just below the towers, then downhill to the steel pipe barriers. Follow the left (south) road down past the old "Cloud Nine" (the concrete foundation is all that remains of the early '60s elite Phoenix area restaurant that burned to the ground and was never rebuilt) and make a sharp left turn down a slope and across a saddle to join the Christiansen trail. Follow trail #100 to the left (north) then past the flood control dam back to the trailhead and parking lot.
The trailhead is at the north end of Mountain View Park at Seventh Avenue and Cheryl Drive adjacent to the Charles M. Christiansen Trailhead. Paved parking, benches, drinking water and restrooms are available.
The trail starts in a northeasterly direction on an old road. At the end of the road, go east and south and then follow the numbered posts back to the trailhead.
The trailhead is located at the Maricopa picnic area in North Mountain Park where paved parking, restrooms and drinking water are available.
The trail travels north up an incline and set of steps. Follow the paved road to the top of the mountain. Bear left just below the towers and follow the trail along the ridge to the junction with #44A from the Quechan picnic area. The trail continues south from the junction along the ridge and ends at the picnic area near the water pumping station.
The trailhead is located at the north of Mountain View Park at Seventh Avenue and Cheryl Drive. A dedication plaque, benches, paved parking, drinking fountain and restrooms are available.
The Christiansen Trail is a multi-use trail that traverses the Phoenix Mountains Preserve west to east and serves as the major artery for the trail system in the Phoenix Mountains. The trail passes through tunnels at Seventh Street, Cave Creek Road and Northern Avenue avoiding any conflict with vehicular traffic.
The Christiansen Trail passes just north of the parking lot at Dreamy Draw Recreation Area, which serves as an excellent access to the trail and into the heart of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. Paved parking, a staging area with hitching racks, horse trough, drinking fountain and restrooms are available at Dreamy Draw.
The Christiansen Trail continues east toward Piestewa Peak and intersects the Perl Charles and Quartz Ridge Trails. The trail ends at Tatum Boulevard, across from Tomahawk Drive where there is limited parking. A popular access point is at 40th Street south of Shea Boulevard where ample parking for cars and horse trailers is available.