DC Canyon Trail to Hidden Valley return via Old Man Trail, Staycation Hike

This is the 59th hike with the Group:

 

We will be starting out at the Warpaint Trail head.  We will take this trail until it meets up with the Desert Classic Trail.  We will make a right onto Desert Classic Trail, which is heading North East.  Take Desert Classic as it loops around the Subdivision that protrudes outwards into the Preserve and where the Big White Tank sits.  Keep on Desert Classic for about another 1/2 mile.  Look for the Trail (unnamed for now, but I call it Desert Classic Canyon Trail, or DC Canyon Trail).  Make a left and follow this Trail up the Canyon as it will take us all the way up The Lost Ridge and we will go up and over that and descend down into Hidden Valley.  Make a left onto Hidden Valley Trail.  Exit Hidden Valley and make a left onto National Trail.  About a mile down the Trail we will make a left onto Old Man Trail and make our way back down the mountain.  This will bring us out on Secret Trail.  From here, simply trail blaze it a small ways over the little hill that sits in front of you, maybe a 100 yards.  After you get over the little hill and hit the next trail, this is Desert Classic.  Make a right and then make a left onto Warpaint and take back to the trailhead.  Don't worry.....as you come down Old Man Trail, you will be able to see Warpaint TH off in the distance and just start making your way there.

 

Many people rarely take these trails in South Mountain Park.  You know that I like to explore in the more unknown areas.

 

WARNING:  Yes it will be hot, it's Summer time.  That's why we are starting at 5:30am.  Bring about 5 liters of water and some snacks.  Be ready for a good sweat.  The hike itself is more of a moderate hike, however if you combine the heat, this becomes difficult hike.  Mileage is average.  If we get in at that time in the morning, we should be wrapped up in about 2 - 2.5 hours.

 

Approximate mileage is 6.5 miles, with about 1,000 ft in elevation gain.

 

We are doing a "Staycation" again this year.  We will be over at the Arizona Grand and I will announce that part of the Meet Up separately at a later time. This is Labor Day Weekend.

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  • Eric K.

    September 8, 2012

  • Peter M.

    Sweet ty

    September 1, 2012

  • Peter M.

    Awesome hike. great people good times

    September 1, 2012

    • Laura H.

      Thanks again Peter for driving us today! It was nice meeting you and hiking with you today.......Welcome to TLC.....ROCK ON!! :)

      September 1, 2012

  • Debra O.

    One tough hike this morning! But oh so worth it! Thanks everyone.

    September 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike like always. Glad to be back!

    September 1, 2012

  • Eric K.

    Very cool to be able to see two new trails in South Mountain this morning. Desert Classic Canyon Trail was really cool. What a workout 8.25 Miles.

    September 1, 2012

  • Gloria T.

    Thanks TLC for another great hike!

    September 1, 2012

  • Debra O.

    Yowza!!! You two are lightning fast in your response. Much appreciated.

    August 31, 2012

    • Laura H.

      Thanks Debra!! But you'll find.....they don't call this group ....speedy for nothing!! LOL!!! :)

      August 31, 2012

  • Eric K.

    Yes, we are parking and meeting at the trail head. No restrooms. If looking for a bathroom break, I recommend coming in on Ray Rd instead of Warner Road. Ray Rd is much easier to navigate, plus there are multiple Circle K's and Restaurants to stop at. SO as you exit off of the I-10, Exit Ray Rd, make a right (West), and that's where you will the huger commercial district.

    August 31, 2012

    • Laura H.

      Gracias!! For us NW'siders.....after­ 1hr commute....we'll need to hit a bano somewhere....Ray Road sounds good!! :)

      August 31, 2012

  • Laura H.

    Eric, a question was asked.....are we to park along the street at this trailhead? Also.....for those of us coming from across town....are there restrooms? If not....what do you advise for a very quick RR break?

    August 31, 2012

  • Debra O.

    No Guest! Just me! Parking on the street for Warpaint Trailhead? See everyone in the morning.

    August 31, 2012

    • Eric K.

      Yeah. The last time I was over there, they had plenty of parking. I think that was February. The place packs in, but not usually until 6am or so.

      August 31, 2012

  • Peter M.

    Laura (+ any other Arrowheaders) ..we will be leaving from my house at 430am... 7835 w Kimberly way Glendale ... 79th avenue 2 blocks north from union hills.

    August 31, 2012

  • Debra O.

    Awesome! Thanks. She is part of the Arizona Hikers Group.

    August 30, 2012

    • Debra O.

      Thanks Laura! Right back at ya. See you and your camera Saturday. :-))

      August 30, 2012

    • Laura H.

      Ha Ha....LOL!!! And you know I'll have my camera ready too!!! :)

      August 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make this one, sorry!! I have a showing at 8:00am. ;-(. See you guys on the next hike!

    August 30, 2012

  • Peter M.

    Eric: I just uploaded a close up topography trail map of the Hidden Valley area to the TLC Documents Tab, here is the link:
    http://files.meetup.com/1797763...­
    Looking forward to doing this hike....Gail is rolling with me and meeting me at my house at 4:30 am (Arrowhead Ranch), and other NW siders want to ride share with us, gimme a shout/text[masked]

    August 29, 2012

    • Laura H.

      Thanks for the topo map Peter, that's awesome! I'm a NW sider too.....and I live at Arrowhead......would love to meet up with you and Gail....if possible and will contact you! Thanks!! :)

      August 30, 2012

  • Eric K.

    ok, cool.

    August 30, 2012

  • Eric K.

    Hi Debra, we allow guests as long as they are briefed as to what they are getting ready to get involved with. I also brief the morning of the hike, but remember we are more moderate to advanced hikers, so if they fit the bill, than all is ok. Just want to keep everyone safe. But, yeah, we don't mind guests at all.

    August 30, 2012

  • Debra O.

    Okay to bring a guest?

    August 30, 2012

  • Eric K.

    See you soon. 48 or so hours away.....lol...... looking forward to it. I will be doing a insanity workout after the the hike...... lucky me..... lol

    August 29, 2012

  • Laura H.

    Thanks so much, Eric.....that's awesome! Here are the other two South Mountain maps we can print...but like you said....the new trails aren't on them yet...but we can still draw out our route from them.....
    1) http://phoenix.gov/webcms/group...­

    2) http://phoenix.gov/webcms/group...­

    August 29, 2012

  • Peter M.

    All in for everything ....."e-ticket week end"....

    August 29, 2012

  • Eric K.

    Here's a google map of where we will be at. I did not include the Hidden Valley part of it since this will be 7 miles already. If everyone wishes to hit Hidden Valley while we are at the top of Lost Ridge, then we can do it. https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?...­

    1 · August 29, 2012

  • Peter M.

    anyone wanting to carpool from the NW suburbs? I live in arrowhead, will drive and/or throw someone gas $$ call/text[masked]

    August 28, 2012

  • Eric K.

    August 25, 2012

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