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Thursday, December 5, 2013


Phoenix Mountains Preserve

One of the greatest benefits of living in the Valley of the Sun is its plethora of  parks and recreation sites.  Phoenix is already home to many municipal parks and on going acqusition of additional lands for public use demonstrates the city's commitment to providing residents and visitors with superlative access to outdoor activities.  The current 35,000 acres of parks and preserves is laced with more than 100 miles of hiking trails ranging in difficulty from grueling to painless. In the painless category is the Penny Howe Nature Trail.  Fully paved and built on a joint-friendly slope, the trail is set at the base of craggy North Mountain with close access to water, shade and restrooms.  The stroll is enriched with informational plaques spaced at convenient intervals along the walkway. Each plaque on the self-guided tour  adds  educational tidbits about  desert flora and fauna to an easy leg stretch that's accessible to all.

LENGTH:  0.3 mile
RATING: paved, barrier-free
ELEVATION: 1420' - 1380'
FACILITIES: restrooms, water, shaded picnic ramadas
GETTING THERE: North Mountain Park, 10600 N. 7th St., Phoenix.
(7th Ave. & Peoria)
Trail beigns in the northwest corner of the Havasupai parking lot.
INFO: City of Phoenix, 602-262-7901

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