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Gorgeous hike at Dreamy Draw! This is an INTERMEDIATE Level hike, though it's fairly easy - except for two slightly steep climbs. We will basically follow 1A east, climb one peak, then hook up with the VOAZ trail. We will then veer off and climb up 304 to a saddle where two benches provide us spectacular views and a chance to rest. Total elevation gain is approximately 1000 feet and be aware that sections of the trail travel over loose rocks, so please wear appropriate footwear. Total distance is a little less than 4 miles. Bring at least 2 liters of water. The parking lot is easy to get to. Just travel to SR 51 and Northern Ave and drive straight into the park. The winding road will take you directly to the parking lot.
Come join me for a gorgeous morning hike at Lake Pleasant Regional Park/Scorpion Bay. We will start our route from the Pipeline Canyon Day Use Area Trailhead (#4 Picnic Area). We will cross the floating bridge to continue on Pipeline Canyon TH until we intersect with the Yavapai Point Trail. To reach Yavapai Overlook, the highlight of this route, we will climb and wind our way on narrow switchbacks to the top of the Overlook, Here we have spectacular views of the entire lake below us. At this point is where we can stop and have snacks and just enjoy the views before heading back the same way we came. For the hike, bring sunscreen, plenty of water, snacks, sturdy hiking footwear, poles if you find them useful, and don’t forget the camera! PLEASE NOTE: You are solely responsible for your own personal safety and well being. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions as if you were hiking alone. NOTE: There is a $7.00 per vehicle entrance fee to enter the Regional Park. DISTANCE: 7 miles round trip (approximately) ELEVATION GAIN: 797 feet (approximately) TRAIL STYLE: In and out DURATION: about 3 hours HIKE RATING: Moderate FACILITIES: Restrooms available at the TH DOGS: Yes, leashed WEBSITE:https://www.maricopacountyparks.net/park-locator/lake-pleasant-regional-park/ SUGGESTED CARPOOL LOCATION: For anyone interested in carpooling please feel free to make arrangements with your fellow hikers in the comment section, I will meet everyone at the TH. A couple of suggestions would be the McDonalds or Dennys on Carefree Hwy & I-17 Address for Dennys is 3160 W Carefree Hwy, Phoenix, AZ McDonalds is in the same shopping center. DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD West on the 101 to I-17 North (toward Flagstaff) Proceed on I-17 North to Carefree Hwy (Hwy 74) Go West on Hwy 74 for approximately 10 miles to Castle Hot Springs Road Turn right (North) onto Castle Hot Springs Road. Proceed to the first right (Lake Access Road). Once you are at the Port of Entry, continue straight to Peninsula Road. However, DO NOT TURN RIGHT AT PENINSULA ROAD, but continue straight at the sign that says “no outlet”. You will arrive at the Pipeline Canyon Day Use Area trailhead as you reach the end of this road.
Come out and hike with me into a different part of the Phoenix mountain Preserve. Bring a flashlight, this is a night hike. Bring at least 2 liters of water, comfy shoes, and hiking poles if you like. Parking: is available on the south side of Cheryl Dr. next to the apartment complex. This hike is rated EASY, however, the trail is rocky with a few inclines DISTANCE: ~3.5 miles round trip ELEVATION GAIN: 330 ft DURATION: 2 hours TRAIL STYLE: Big loop DOGS: Yes, if leashed. FACILITIES: None
This hike is rated INTERMEDIATE. Join me for an evening hike around the Dreamy Draw VOAz loop. The VOAz loop is an irregular trail built by the Volunteers for Outdoor Arizona which connects the Dreamy Draw side of the preserve to the Squaw Peak portion. Along the way, we'll hike on sections of the #100, #1A and #302 trails leading to the upper saddle on the Piestewa side of the preserve. We'll be treated to beautiful nighttime views and get in a terrific workout! There are lots of steep ups and downs with loose rocks so be careful. We will go at a moderate pace. You're encouraged to bring snacks, a camera and must bring at least 2+ liters of water per person and sturdy hiking footwear. You should also bring a flashlight and/or a headlamp as we'll be in the dark during this hike. DISTANCE: 4 miles roundtrip ELEVATION GAIN: 700+ ft TRAIL STYLE: Lollipop style DURATION: 1.5 hours DOGS: Yes, must be leashed FACILITIES: Bathroom and water fountain WEBSITE: Trailmap (https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/piestewa-peak/hiking-trail-map) DIRECTIONS: AZ Route 51 to exit 7 - Northern Ave. Head east on Northern Ave and you'll immediately enter the park. Continue on the winding access rd until you reach the parking lot. Meet at the ramada at the top of the stairs.