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Shaw Butte / North Mountain Combo (ultra)

AZ

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Distance: 7.1 miles


  • Starting at Dark
  • IMG_0699
  • Dusk Skyline
  • More Morning Hikers
  • Cacti Protect the View
  • View near Shaw Butte's Top
  • Hikers Near the Top of Shaw Butte
  • Approaching the Top of Shaw Butte
  • Morning Skyline
  • Sun Rising
  • Mountain Silhouette
  • Hills in the Morning Mist
  • Around Shaw Butte
  • Saguaro Silloette
  • Trail Down
  • North Mountain in the distance
  • Stairs up
  • Lonely Trail
  • Next Stop, The Top
  • Sun on the Hills
  • Rock Face
  • Dried River Bed
  • Shaded Trail
  • Blue Skys Arriving
  • Hills in the Distance
  • Dead Tree in the Desert
  • Sun on the hills
  • Trail Marker
  • Mountain in the Mist
  • City Interferance
  • Hidden Coyote
  • On Track
  • Moutains over the burbs
  • Paved Path up North Mountain
  • Ocotillo and Mountains
  • Looking Back
  • Sky Line
  • View on the way up
  • Mountains in the distance
  • North Mountain Towers
  • Path up the mountain
  • The Towers
  • Looking Back at Shaw Butte
  • Bench at the top
  • Meditation Above the City
  • Up a little further?
  • The Top
  • Ocotillo over the City
  • Misty Sky Line
  • Bench in the Park
  • Trial Marker

This 7 mile loop provides a wild variety of experiences. You travel through everything from paved paths, to narrow switch backs. And you go from feeling completely sedluded, to hiking less than 50 feet from a major Phoenix street. In a few stretches, you will run into a lot of hikers using the mountain as a gym alternative, but for more than 50% ofthis hike you will feel like you are miles away from civilization though you are still in the heart of the city. Summary: Starting at The North Mountain visitor center, head out to shaw butte. Go up and over shaw butte, and catch follow the 306 down the back side of Shaw Butte Follow 306 until it hits 100. Follow 100 until it hits 100a and turn off onto 100a. This will lead you to the paved path up north moutain. Go up and down North Mountain, catching the 100a again on the way down. Follow the 100a back to the 100 and turn right. This will bring you back to the Visitor Center. TO TRAILHEAD:Take 51 to Cactus head West on Cactus until you hit 7th st. Turn South on 7th st, and the visitor center will be on the right.

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