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Quartz Peak hike

  • Dec 3, 2011 · 7:00 PM

QUARTZ PEAK TRAIL - Sierra Estrella Mountain Range

Saturday, December 3rd

Leader: Roussi Gueorguiev, ([masked])

Length: 6 miles RT

Phone: *Rousi -[masked]

Rating: Moderate with a few strenuous portions

MEET near Estrella Parkway and W. Van Buren @ 8:00 AM

Contact the hike leader for 'I'm going' RSVP's after you have cleared your calendar of any potential conflicts.

"Not going" RSVP's are unnecessary.

You MUST RSVP with the hike leader (by e-mail preferably) no later than Thursday, Dec 1st in order to get the latest updates/information about the hike.

We can consolidate into high clearance vehicles for the 30 miles to the trailhead; the last 9 miles are on dirt roads.
Join us as we hike the 6 miles (3 miles out and 3 miles back) to the top of Quartz Peak. We will gain 2472 feet over the 3 miles to the summit. As we climb, more and more shiny mica crystals and white quartz will appear along the trail, culminating in the snow white stone that is Quartz Peak. From "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles" by Charles Liu, "Superbly managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Quartz Peak is one of the finest desert hikes in the Phoenix area". The Quartz Peak Trail offers us views of the desert, Sierra Estrella Wilderness, Butterfly Mountain, Quartz Peak and panoramic views of the valley below us. Make sure to bring plenty of water for the hike and drinks for after. We’ll have a bring-your own BBQ (weather permitting) after the hike – so bring something to burn and something to share -remember to plan for extra time for this.

There is no water at the trailhead or anywhere on the trail, but restrooms are available at the trailhead.

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