1900 W Desert Vista Trail, Phoenix, AZ 85085, Phoenix, AZ
This hike is a fun walk along the Hawk Nest, Desert Tortoise, Verde, Great Horned Owl, then finally Union Peak trails. The great majority of the trail is a traverse on rolling bike trail with a half mile climb to the summit. From the top of Union's craggy ridge, we will have a commanding view of Deer Valley and environs. This trail has lots of junctions be sure to stay with someone who knows the route. Also be sure to hydrate well before and during the hike. The return hike follows the same route (out and back).
Elevation gain: 600'
Terrain: Well maintained bicycle trail with a short/steep hiking trail to the top
Duration: 2.0 hours
Dogs: OK, with leash
Equipment: Your sturdy hiking shoes and a liter or more of water. Also, a headlight or other light source.
Park map Directions: From I17, exit Jomax and go right (East) to Norterra Parkway. Go left (North) to North Valley Parkway. Turn Right (South) on N Valley Parkway, then 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