Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Quartz Peak Day Hike
when Trip Report : January 4, 2020
  Trip Report : January 7, 2017
  Trip Report : February 9, 2003
  Trip Report : March 24, 2001
  Trip Report : April 19, 1998
where Sierra Estrella
the hike     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 noticeably 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
time 5-6 hours
EC +-2690' elevation change
elevations 1543' (Trailhead) to 4052' (Quartz Peak)
type round trip
starting at
Quartz Peak Trailhead 33° 11.925' N,  112° 14.359' W  [NAD27]
on trail 90%, Quartz Peak Trail
rating "B"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Avondale
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.
drive See the route map.
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.
•  Drive west on I-10 to exit 126 and go south on Estrella Parkway to Elliot Road.
Turn right on Elliot and go west to Rainbow Valley Road.
Turn left and follow Rainbow Valley Road south until the pavement ends at Riggs.
Turn left on Riggs Road and drive east to the end.
Take a right and then an immediate left, following the phone lines to the right.
At the “T” junction take a right and follow the trail signs to the trailhead.
  NOTE: high-clearance 4x4 vehicle required on the sandy dirt road.

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