Route: Phoenix Phearsome Phour (AZ)

Submitted by JeffThompson on Mon, 03/01/2021 - 04:04pm
Arizona, US
20.7 mi
Vertical Gain
5,500 ft

The Phoenix Phearsome Phour route links up 4 prominent peaks in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve: Camelback Mountain, Piestewa Peak, North Mountain, and Shaw Butte. Starting at Camelback and finishing at Shaw Butte, this route is the most direct to summit all 4 peaks while running almost entirely on trails. With over 20 miles and 5500' of elevation gain and descent, this route tours the must-do climbs in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve in one point to point run. 

Route parameters:

* Start and end at the Echo Canyon and Shaw Butte (Central Ave) trailheads, going in either direction
* Hit all 4 peaks
* Use only trails, bike path, and dirt roads in between each peak with the exception of:
1. Sidewalks between Echo Canyon trailhead and Quartz Ridge trailhead
2. The short section of road at the top of Piestewa Peak Drive
3. The road up to North Mountain

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This looks fun!  I'm going to try it tomorrow (John-supported)... with all kinds of caveats including I have no idea what's possible for me right now.  It wouldn't be nearly as interesting if the outcome were certain.  Tracking link:

Looking forward to trying this route (unsupported) tomorrow! Lived in Phoenix for about a year now and PMP have become my "home trails". Can't wait to link them all up!

Not live tracking but you can check Strava for results as soon as I post

Imagine going all that way and missing Jeff's FKT by just 2 minutes! Came in at 4:41. Still an amazing day in the mountains and I'll definitely be back. Excellent times all around on this route so far!