March 10, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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This hike is rated INTERMEDIATE.
We'll start at the Visitor Center and take the #100 trail into the preserve. When we hit the #306 trail, we'll take it CLOCKWISE . We'll go up to the summit and then back down the other side. The beginning is flat which allows for a warmup. Then we will hike a short steep climb to a saddle which will then take us to Shaw Butte. The majority of the climbing is packed into the middle and it's very steep with some loose rocks. We will then visit the old ruins of Cloud 9 (a restaurant that burned down in the 60's). From there we will hike to the summit, take a break, and then head down the road on the other side of Shaw Butte. You're encouraged to bring snacks, a camera and at least 2 liters of water per person and sturdy hiking footwear.
DISTANCE: 5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 600 ft
TRAIL STYLE: Lollipop style clockwise
DOGS: Yes, if leashed
FACILITIES: Bathroom and water fountain
DIRECTIONS: From Thunderbird Rd and 7th St head south. On the right hand side about 1/4 mile you will see a turn for the North Mountain Visitor Center.