Angel Skyline Ridge - Phx Mtn Preserves

  • February 11, 2014 · 8:30 AM
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Level: Easy,  2 miles, 1.5 hours, 400 feet elevation gain

The Phoenix Mountain Preserves had over 150 mines.  Cactus Town, an old historic town south of Thunderbird, west of Cave Creek, once had a post office and was key to the supply chain for this mining community. It is also responsible for giving Cactus Road its name. 

Angel, was a landowner/miner that built two dwellings on his land in order to stake his claim and mine his land.  These homes have since deteriorated but stand as reminders of our past.  We will be hiking to discover these historic sites.  We will start on the trail 100 and loop around the Skyline Trail.

Level: Easy  

Distance:  2 miles

Hiking Time:  1.5 hours

Elevation Gain:  400 feet

Style:  Loop

Facilities: None

Fees:  None


You're encouraged to bring snacks, a camera and must bring at least 2+ liters of water per person and sturdy hiking footwear.  Try to be a 10 minutes early if you have never been to this trail head.

This hike is cross posted with Trail Mix and Grayhawk Hiking Clubs.

Directions:  AZ-51 to Cactus Road Exit 10.  West on Cactus for 1.6 miles.  Turn Left (south) onto Cave Creek for .4 miles. The Cave is on the east side (left) of Cave Creek.  Please park by the bus stop not near business area.  We will meet by The Cave wall.

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  • Rene W.

    I had a really fun time taking you all out there today. It is amazing that someone on the hike knows someone who's grandpa was born in Cactus Town. Wow! That piece of info gets logged in the hiking journal. I would love to meet someone who lived out here back then or their family member.

    1 · February 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Slight change in my info. The person who was born in Cactus Town was the boss of my friend. The man is now about 75 years old.

      1 · February 12, 2014

  • Sabrina

    Thanks as always Rene for a great hike! Love the history and fun facts you always share. And the trail was a good challenge! Simba had a good time as well, he is now sacked out for his nap.

    1 · February 11, 2014

  • RBerg1911

    wooohoooo Sarge and I will be there

    February 11, 2014

  • Cynthia A.

    Agh. I have something awful, and do not want to share my germs! Everyone have a great time and I want to do this one soon!! Thanks, Rene!

    February 10, 2014

  • Chuck V.

    Luv the new hike

    January 30, 2014

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