Description: The trail begins near the far Southwest corner of the parking area. Almost immediately you will begin a steep, but short, climb up to the ridge. The trail often gets washed out here and can be loose gravel but not very difficult to walk for this short distance if you walk carefully. Continue to the top of the rocky bluff which provides a pleasant view of the Lower Salt River looking back toward the recreation area, a nice view of the Fountain Hills Fountain (hourly , on the hour) looking to the West, or a nice view of the Superstitions facing to the East. I have read postings with descriptions of Wild Stallion sightings in this area, but I have yet to be blessed to see them myself. This is a good birding area too, so it might be a good idea to bring some binoculars. Continue on a south eastern direction (off trail) heading further uphill to the ridge crest where you pick up and old Jeep trail. From here the trail is very easy and continues along the crest of the ridge. Continue heading east to return to the parking area. It’s possible to squeeze in a Salt River splash at the end of the hike, so bring (wear) a bathing suit and towel if that’s your thing.
Difficulty: Very Easy
Total Distance: Less than 2 miles
Start Elevation: 1402 ft.
Elevation Gain: 200 ft.
Water to Bring: 1-2 liters
Drive Time: 45 minutes
Alternate Meeting Time/Place: 8:30 AM, Power Road Commuter Parking Lot, Power Road & Rte 202 (Red Mountain Loop). Look for group members near the Bus pick-up area. This pick-up site is optional, (I might be picking up a pair of guests who live near this lot)
Estimated Return Time: 1:00 PM
Special Instructions: I usually park just outside of the Coon Bluff Recreational area to avoid paying the Tonto Pass fee of $6.00. There is room for several cars there. Depending on how many hikers and drivers attend, it would be wise to have a Tonto Pass with you if you are driving (incase all the outside parking spots are taken).
Not sure what to bring? Checklists are available here.