Phoenix Mountain Preserve

Phoenix Mountain Preserve

With 70 degree temperatures in Phoenix, it’s a perfect time for a Memorial Day Weekend hike. We chose to explore a segment of the 10.7 mile Charles M. Christiansen Trail #100 through the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Our well-timed arrival at the 40th Street trailhead allowed us to claim a parking spot from exiting visitors. The unmarked trail we followed started at an elevation of about 1,500 feet and continued with only slight modulations along a wash. We passed a hillside dotted with small same-sized saguaros. At a four-way intersection we looped back on the Christiansen Trail #100 that connected with the L. V. Yates Trail #8 back to the parking lot. A pleasant late May hike in Phoenix.

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