Hike Mojave Trail #200

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Added by Nick Tort

Mojave Trail #200 is like Piestewa Peak's little brother that gets less attention but still packs quite the punch. If you're looking to pump a quick summit with some challenging elevation gain, minimal miles, and excellent views all while avoiding the traffic line, this is the one!

The entrance for the Piestewa Peak area is located at 2701 E. Squaw Peak Drive. The Mojave Picnic Area & Trailhead is the first parking area on the right. This is a very popular trail when the outside temps drop a bit so get there early for sunset hikes to ease parking.

The trail begins on the north side of the Mojave parking area and heads east from there. After a short distance the trail bends slightly south and begins a moderate sloping climb.

At the mini saddle (.4 miles in), you will hit the junction for the Mojave Connector Trail veering off left. Taking this will connect you to another killer hike (Quartz Ridge) - from there, you can tie together an infinite amount of loops and twists.

For this hike, stay to the right, following the trail a sit traverses around the west side of a small prominence where it continues to climb toward a higher peak. The last section of this climb is a couple short but steep switchback leading to your summit view. This is an ideal spot to kick back and enjoy an Arizona sunset as it gives you 180 panoramic views of the entire city valley with South Mountain as a backdrop in front of you, and the expansive and beautiful Phoenix Mountain Preserve range behind you.

From here, you can either head back the way you hiked in, or continue down 200A which will lead you right back to the ramadas at the Mojave Picnic Area where your adventure began.

This is a perfect spot for trail running as the majority of the trail itself is relatively flat, except for the last bit before the summit.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Trail Snack
  • Pack
  • Headlamp if you stay around while the sun drops
  • Sturdy hiking shoes or trail runners
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Activities:

Chillin, Fitness, Hiking, Photography, Running

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Autumn, Winter

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

1.2 Miles

Elev. Gain:

300 Feet

Features:

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Picnic Area
Scenic

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Added by Nick Tort

I love to share what I find along the way so that others may experience the same joys. Sometimes my words fall short, but a photo can tell the story for me.

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