NOTE: While the road up the north side of North Mountain is being worked on, this hike will come back down trail 44 after reaching the top. Be prepared for a more challenging descent than normal!
This is a fitness hike, we keep a steady, moderate to fast pace. Please evaluate your ability before attending. This hike begins promptly at 6:00pm. Please remember plenty of water, hydrate well before & after. Also bring a flashlight or headlamp.
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult due to steepness and pace. Not recommended for beginners!
Distance: 2.85 mi (3.75 mi or so if the group goes back up to the summit after the 7th St gate)
Meeting place: Havasupi Ramada, which is the first big parking lot on the left after entering the park.
This is a great after work, mid-week hike to keep the legs stretched out and strong! Starting from the Havasupi Ramada (area 8), the hike goes southwest toward the Quechan Ramada (area 7), then starts up the rocky and rough trail 44 on the south-eastern side of North Mtn. The trail climbs steadily up to the towers, approximately 650 ft elevation gain in about 0.75 mi. From the towers, the hike takes the paved road down to the gates at the tiny 7th St. parking lot. The hike then turns around and returns back up the paved road to the saddle that heads down to the Maricopa Ramada (area 3). The group will sometimes go back up to the towers one more time and return to the Maricopa saddle. The last leg heads down the "stairs" past Maricopa Ramada and back to Havasupi parking lot.