|when||Trip Report : January 7, 2017|
|Trip Report : February 9, 2003|
|Trip Report : March 24, 2001|
|Trip Report : April 19, 1998|
Quartz Peak hike is for experienced and well-conditioned hikers only!
The trail leads to Quartz Peak in 3.0 miles starting from Rainbow Valley. The last half mile of the Quartz Peak Trail is noticeable faint. However, strategically-placed rock cairns mark the way. When in doubt, just head for the ridgeline. The main trail does not extend to the summit. The final 0.25 miles is a scramble over boulders and rocks that requires careful footing. From the summit one is treated to a clear view of rugged mountain ranges, desert plains and east Phoenix. Bring your camera.
• Sturdy hiking boots
• At least 3 liters of water
• Rain poncho
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
• Hiking sticks (a must)
• Lunch or snacks
• Your smiles :)
|distance||6 miles RT|
|EC||+-2690' elevation change|
|elevations||1543' (Trailhead) to 4052' (Quartz Peak)|
|on trail||90%, Quartz Peak Trail|
|rating||"B" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
|meet||6:45 AM in west Phoenix on the west side of the Fry’s Mercado parking lot at the northeast corner of 43rd. Ave. and McDowell, just north of I-10, exit 140.|
The Quartz Peak Trail is in the Sierra Estrella Wilderness. It is accessed from Rainbow Valley and Riggs Roads, approximately 25 miles southwest of Phoenix.
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