Hike Quartz Ridge

1.8 miles 415 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Nick Tort

The Quartz Ridge Trail is a great alternative starting point to access the spiderweb-like trail system of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. It can be done as a sole act or combined with many intersecting trails to customize your adventure.

Quartz Ridge in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve (also known as Trail 8A) is a great escape getaway trail that can be done as a single track or combined with many intersecting trails. It is a very popular trail for hikers, trail runners, pet walkers, sky gawkers and more!

The trailhead sits in a small cul-de-sac where 32nd St dead ends at the intersection of Lincoln Drive. It is a very small parking lot, so plan ahead and arrive early - especially for sunrise and sunset jaunts. Be careful parking across the street in the shopping center, as there are signs everywhere warning against hiker parking (pick up a water or snack before the hike and now you're an official customer!).

The classic Quartz Ridge hike is a straight forward out-and-back 2.2 mile hike, that meanders it's way through the beautiful Sonoran desert, littered with quartz all around you and giant granite boulders. Around each corner, you will constantly be rewarded with ever-changing views of the city and surrounding mountains (Camelback, South Mountain, Papago Park). You will be gaining 415 ft, so it's enough to get the heart pumping, definitely doable as a run for the more fit, and easy enough to bring along the out-of-towners!

The trail itself glides gently into the hike along the west side of a wash. At .2 miles you reach a junction with Trail 200 (Mojave Trail) which veers to the left. Around .7 miles, the trail narrows and you begin your climb. There are a few switchbacks and a moderate climb to a saddle at 1.1 miles. This is the official saddle of Quartz Ridge and the turnaround point for the out-and-back. From here, you may also connect to a few trails and make the adventure your own.

It's a beautiful scene at the saddle, tucked away from the bustling city that surrounds you and a bench to soak it all in.

Read More

Tags

Fitness
Photography
Running
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Handicap Accessible
Scenic

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

about 3 years ago

Scenic and Fun

Fun hike with great views; a great option when Piestewa Peak is too crowded. There are lots of species of cacti and the change in terrain is fun. You can even get in a little bouldering near the start of the trail.

over 3 years ago

Tremendous Fun For The Whole Family

Beautiful, well groomed, and interesting hike with easy access/parking.

🥈 Contributor

over 4 years ago

Great For Families, Running, Pets, Etc.

A nice easy / medium hike. There are many trails that stem off from the main path which are fun to explore!

almost 5 years ago

Convenient And Pretty

Not too easy, not too hard. Parking can be a pain during the busier hours but the views are golden

almost 5 years ago

Great local hike

This really is one of the better options for urban hikes. It's in the heart of the city and it's one of the lesser traveled hikes in this range.

Stay Nearby

Phoenix, Arizona

“Phoenix Rose” On The Arizona Biltmore Fairway

• TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •Tucked on the fairways of Arizona Biltmore Golf course, Phoenix Rose is a s...

From $87/night

Phoenix, Arizona

New Listing! Chic Arcadia Condo W/ Pool

• TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •This contemporary 2BR/2BA condo looks fresh from the pages of a design maga...

From $75/night

Phoenix, Arizona

Modern Getaway W/ Fireplace & Private Pool

• TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •With 1,534 square feet of beautifully detailed living space and an ultra-pr...

From $164/night

Phoenix, Arizona

Central Location W/ Big Backyard & Foosball Table

• TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •Charming and uniquely furnished, this 4BR/2BA remodeled Phoenix home is loc...

From $138/night

Nearby Adventures

  • Hike Mojave Trail #200

    The entrance for the Piestewa Peak area is located at 2701 E. Squaw Peak Drive. The Mojave Picnic Area & Trailhead is the first parking area on the right. This is a very popular trail when the outside temps drop a bit so get there early for su...

    1.2 miles 300 ft gain

  • Hike Mojave Connector Trail #202

    The best starting point to access this hike is parking at the Mojave Picnic Area and heading up the Mojave Trail #200. At .4 miles, you will hit the junction and stating point for the Mojave Connector Trail. Head left at the saddle and begin a rap...

    1.1 miles 165 ft gain

  • Practice Yoga atop Piestewa Peak

    If you are an avid hiker and also love practicing yoga, then Piestewa Peak has a hidden gem awaiting you! There is a little-known helipad located just off the primary trail to Piestewa Peak's Summit (see photos above for more detailed information)...

    1.8 miles 900 ft gain

  • Hike Phoenix Mountain Preserve's Freedom Trail

    As the third longest trail in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, the Freedom Trail provides a great option for those looking for a longer hike, which can also be made even a bit longer by bolting on the Piestewa Summit hike along the way (adds 1.2 mil...

    3.7 miles 1213 ft gain