Hike The Shaw Butte Trail

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Distance

3.8 miles

Elevation Gain

700 ft

Route Type

Loop

Added by Calvin Weibel

This is an easy-to-access short hike in Phoenix where you can avoid some of the crowds found on neighboring trails. 

The Shaw Butte Trail is a short loop hike that leads you to the top of Shaw Butte in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve.  Beginning from the trailhead on Central Avenue, The first section of trail follows a steady uphill service road to the top.  Near the top you'll find an array of towers and a good view of much of the valley. North Mountain can be seen immediately to the southeast and downtown Phoenix is in the distant south.  To complete this hike as a loop, descend on the south side and the Shaw Butte Trailhead will eventually lead back to the trailhead.

This is a good option for a quick workout or a short hike.  There are plenty of connecting trails so it's also possible to start/finish at other locations in the park.  

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The Trail Less Traveled

Love the west side of this trail. Much less traveled and a combo of kick your butt and soft incline terrain. Fantastic views at the top where there is a forest of manmade trees (towers).

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Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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