Hike The Shaw Butte Trail

3.8 miles 700 ft gain  - Loop Trail

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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