Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Union Peak Day Hike
when November 11, 2017
  Trip Report : March 28, 2015
  Trip Report : January 26, 2014
where Phoenix Sonoran Preserve
the hike     Hike up to Union Peak, 2184 feet, to get a spectacular view of 360 degrees from the top by using several trails: Hawk’s Nest, Desert Tortoise, Valle Verde, Great Horned Owl and Cactus Wren.
    The combined picturesque trails with many ups and downs and will raise your heart rate to help strengthen the heart, strengthen the legs and burn calories. It also provides good views of the hills, mountains, cities, and Sonoran Desert. So bring your camera.
Required:
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
Recommended:
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
distance 7 miles
time 3-4 hours
EC +-600' elevation change
elevations 1600' (Desert Vista Trailhead) to 2184' (Union Peak)
type Loop; Out and Back
starting at
Desert Vista Trailhead 33° 44.463' N,  112° 5.817' W  [NAD27]
1900 West Desert Vista Trail
on trail 100% — Hawk’s Nest, Desert Tortoise, Great Horned Owl and Cactus Wren.
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Phoenix
meet 8:00 AM at the Desert Vista Trailhead.
drive To reach the Desert Vista Trailhead and its connecting paths which are open to hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders:
•  Exit I-17 at Jomax Road and head east until the road ends.
Go left on Norterra Parkway about 1.3 miles until the road ends.
Turn right on North Valley Parkway drive about a quarter mile (CVS on the northeast Corner).
Go left on Copperhead Trail, then take the first left to Melvern Trail. The Fireside clubhouse is on the right.
On Melvern Trail, take the first right, drive straight back through the gate. Follow the road to the parking lot.
Desert Vista Trail starts at the parking lot.
Restrooms and filtered water are available at the trailhead.

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