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Quartz Peak Trail

Quartz Peak Trail

Quartz Peak Trail

Quartz Peak Trail is located in the Sierra Estrella Wilderness and will take you from the floor of Rainbow Valley to the summit ridge of the Sierra Estrella at Quartz Peak (elevation 4,052 feet) in just 3 miles. Hikers are treated to a variety of Sonoran Desert plants and wildlife, scenic vistas, volcanic history along with an outcrop of white quartz at the summit. The views are incredible! Mountain ranges and desert plains to the west and the greater Metro-Phoenix area to the east. There’s also a lot of history/legends out on the west side of the Sierra Estrellas with Don Joaquin’s Lost Spanish Mine. Just be careful, plan ahead and take a 4×4 vehicle when traveling out that way.

 

Yaeger Canyon Loop Trail

Yaeger Canyon Loop Trail

Yaeger Canyon Loop Trail

A Winter Solstice Hike on the Yaeger Canyon Loop Trail was the perfect way to spend a day on Mingus Mountain. We started off with snow flurries and ended in sunshine! What more could you ask for when hiking in Northern Arizona with your buddies!

Snow flurries and sunshine on the Yaeger Loop Trail.

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Finding the Yaeger Canyon Loop Trail will be half your battle! If it wasn’t for my FIL, I would have had no idea about this hike, but I’m sure glad he took us on it! It’s a pleasant little gem hidden in the Mingus Mountains. If you are heading towards Mingus Mountain from Prescott Valley on Highway 89A drive about a third of a mile past highway marker post 333 and you will see a pull out. Park there. The Yaeger Canyon Loop Trailhead is directly below you. You’ll be on Trail 28, Trail 111, and Trail 533 throughout the hike.

At 6.4 miles round trip, it is a great hike to practice on if you are planning a Grand Canyon backpacking trip, so load up a full pack and head on out!  We had an AEG  of 1,558 ft and reached our Highest Point at 7,248 ft.

Enjoy the photo gallery, no particular order or reason.

Peas Out!
~Cameron

Echo Canyon Trail

Echo Canyon Trail

Echo Canyon Trail

One of the most popular Valley hikes is the Echo Canyon Trail on Camelback Mountain. It is also one of the more crowded hikes and during the holidays a heated controversial debate. However it may be, the Echo Canyon Trail was one hike I had to cross of my list and ultimately I am glad to say, “I’ve hiked Camelback!”

The trail is short at 2.5 miles in and out. Steep as in staircases and some boulder crawling with an AEG of 1,417′, at the peak you are sitting at roughly 2,700′ which edges out Piestewa by about 100′. Enjoy the views from the highest peak in Phoenix while you’re up top. Let’s not forget how super crowded it is both on your way up, at the top, and on your way down.  When it’s all said and done, you’ll make at least a few friends on your journey.

A few notes, parking is a pain. It is limited on the Echo Canyon Trail side. I went midweek during the mid-morning hours and didn’t have any issues. Take plenty of water and snacks. Also, wear the proper shoes. I actually saw someone in wingtips going up the trail.

Enjoy the photo gallery, no particular order or reason.

Peas Out!

~Cameron