We recently hiked one of Arizona’s intercity adventures. It is 20 minutes from most major cities in the surrounding Phoenix area.
I have been in the process of experimenting with altitude training. On this hike I was doing circuits with my Training Mask. Enjoy a condensed down version of this awesome trail.
The Healthy Primate
- Trail #302 – Freedom Trail
- Length: 3.74 miles
- Elevation: 2,102 ft. – 1,400 ft.
- Multi-use trail except on Summit Trail
- Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
The trailhead is located at the Apache picnic area at the far end of the parking area in Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area (open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.). Paved parking, restrooms and drinking water are available. There is no parking in residential areas along Squaw Peak Drive signed “No Parking.” Dog owners and equestrian users please note that part of this route is on the Summit Trail, from which dogs and horses are prohibited — you can not complete this loop if you are hiking with a dog or on horseback. Hikers with dogs and equestrian users should be prepared to turn around at the junction with the Summit Trail.
The Freedom and nature trails start and traverse together for about 1/2 mile. At the intersection of 302, 304 and 1A, the Freedom trail turns left and follows the same alignment as the Perl Charles #1A trail for slightly more than a mile. The Freedom trail then breaks away from the Perl Charles and follows a series of switchbacks up the northwest side of Piestewa Peak to meet the Summit Trail to Summit Trailhead, then follow the trail on the north side of the ravine back to the trailhead at Apache area parking lot.
Music: Foo Fighters: Congregation – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZHtZrfFuhU