This hike is rated INTERMEDIATE!
Come join me on an evening hike at Quartz Ridge Trail! These are the trails we'll take counterclockwise: 8A, 8, 304, 8B, and then back to 8A. It will be a lollipop hike. There are some parts that are steep, so please be prepared. We will go at a moderate pace. Because of the heat don't forget to bring lots of water and sturdy hiking footwear. You should also bring a flashlight and/or a headlamp as we'll be in the dark coming back. Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to allow time to cross Lincoln Drive.
DISTANCE: 4.7 miles round trip
ELEVATION GAIN: 670 ft.
DURATION: 2 hours
TRAIL STYLE: Lollipop
DOGS: Yes, if leashed.
WEBSITE: Trailmap (http://phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/piestewapeak/hikingmap/index.html)
DIRECTIONS: From SR 51, exit at Glendale Avenue and travel east to 32nd Street and Lincoln Drive (Glendale Avenue becomes Lincoln Drive).
PARKING:There are two parking options: (1) When you reach the intersection of 32nd Street and Lincoln, turn left and then immediately right into a small parking lot at the base of the trailhead; or (2) On the southwest corner of 32nd Street and Lincoln is a retail center. You can park in this lot and cross Lincoln Drive to the trailhead. Out of courtesy to the merchants that are open in the evening (i.e., Starbucks), please do not take up prime parking spaces surrounding these businesses. I suggest parking west of Chase Bank. We will meet at the trailhead.