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Mt. Union - Phoenix mtn preserve

A relatively new trail system in North Phoenix, the Preserve is a Mtn. Biking paradise, but is fun for hiking too. After climbing into the park, city lights fade away into the dark of the wide open desert and you can forget the city is so close. I am making the change to Mt. Union more or less permanent to shake up our routine. The distance is longer and the hike will be a full two hours but this one is worth the work. After leaving the Dixie Mtn trail and rounding the corner, we cross a saddle and descent into flat Mtn Bike terrain, then climb the last mile to a neat, narrow summit ridge where the treat is a great view of the airport.

Return is via the same path.

Meet time: 6:00

Distance: 5.8 miles

Elevation gain: 700'

Terrain: Well maintained bicycle trail with a short/steep hiking trail to the top

Rating: Moderate

Duration: 2.0 hours

Equipment: Your sturdy hiking shoes and at least some water. Also, a headlight or lightsource.

See map here:

Directions: From I17, exit Jomax and go right (East) to Norterra Parkway. Go left (North) to a T intersection at North Valley Parkway. Turn Right (South) to Copperhead trail. Go left on Copperhead trail, then left on Melvern, and then right on Desert Vista Trail. The parking area will be at the end. The address above seems to work on Mapquest, not on google. When in doubt, use my directions

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  • David`

    First hike for me. I have bronchitis and was physically challenged at one point near the top. This was wonderful. I will prepare for strenuous, pack my inhaler, and be eager to see y'all again.
    Much love,

    May 10, 2013

    • Inkeri M.

      First hike? You did beautifully! Congrats!

      May 10, 2013

    • daniel

      It's our toughest Thursday hike. Congrats and keep coming back

      May 10, 2013

  • Chuck

    Nice hike. Thanks

    May 10, 2013

  • Al

    Very nice.

    May 10, 2013

  • Ingrid

    I agree, outstanding hike!

    1 · May 10, 2013

  • Debbie H.

    Thank you to our hosts for a great hike in perfect weather. This was my first time to Mt Union and I enjoyed the sweeping views of the desert and perfectly timed sunset. Also enjoyed all the conversations.

    1 · May 10, 2013

  • Inkeri M.

    Thank you for the great hike in the beautiful AZ night!

    May 9, 2013

  • David`

    I had a wonderful time and everyone was cordial to me. Thank you all.

    1 · May 9, 2013

  • daniel

    I have got to work tonight folks. I have asked Al to lead

    May 9, 2013

  • Melinda

    Daniel I think I better skip and save myself for GC this weekend...have fun see you next week

    May 9, 2013

  • daniel

    Lots of newbies today. Remember, Google maps puts you on the WEST side of I17. Don't get suckered!...use mapquest or my directions

    1 · May 9, 2013

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