WestWing Mountain

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Location

How to Get There
To get to the trailhead: from the Phoenix area, take I-17 North to the HWY-101 loop. Take the HWY-101 loop West to the 75th avenue exit. Go right (North) on 75th Avenue to Deer Valley Road. Turn left onto Deer Valley Road and then make a right onto 83rd Avenue. Take 83rd Avenue North and drive until the street changes names to Westwing Parkway. On your left you'll see Westwing Elementary school at the intersection of Westwing Parkway and High Desert Drive. Continue on Westwing Parkway through this intersection another 0.3 miles and park at the Westwing residential park on the left. Just so you don't get confused, High Desert Drive crosses Westwing Parkway at two locations. At the park is restrooms and water. If this parking area is full, you can park at the elementary school (but only on weekends).
city
peoria
state
az
Region
Phoenix Area and Central Arizona

Hike details

Distance
4.50 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
The loop hike (along with the spur trails) described is 4.5 miles.
Time
2.50 [Hours]
Time-details
It took us two and a half hours of hiking.
Elevation Change
600 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
Since there is a good bit of up and down on this hike, you'll be gaining and losing about 600 ft of elevation.
Hike Trail Type
Lollypop Loop

Season

Best Season
  • January
  • February
  • November
  • December
Worst Season
  • June
  • July
  • August
Season Details
All year. Recommended after a rain in the spring for the wildflowers. (hike only during the cooler parts of the day in Summer)
Date Hike completed
January 12, 2014

Solitudue

Solitude
Low
Solitude Details
Not here. Expect to share the trails with 20-30 other hikers.

Difficulty

Difficulty Rating
Easy
difficulty detail
It was a pleasant enough walk with a unique mixture of desert and urban feeling. This hike is rated Easy.

Permits

Permit Info
none.
Be Aware of
Some route finding.

Hike on West Wing Mountain near Phoenix, Arizona.

We had hiked the Sunrise Mountain trail and really enjoyed it. Then we realized there was another set of hiking trails to the North of this area and we set out to investigate. Turns out the trails to the north are collectively called West Wing Mountain and they were just as enjoyable.

From the Westwing park, start walking along the dirt path that parallels Westwing parkway. At the four way stop sign intersection (Black Rock Blvd to the left and N. High Desert Drive). Turn right at this intersection and walk on the sidewalk along N. High Desert drive until you see the well signed trailhead start on your left. From here, the trail is dirt and heads through the neighborhood for a little while, soon enough reaching the base of Westwing mountain. 

Navigation can be a bit confusing at times, but at each of the junctions, there is a small trail marker with a "you are here" arrow to keep you headed in the correct direction. There are a couple of loop possibilities. The one we did was longer, in an effort to make for a good workout. At the first main intersection (JCT_1 on the map) you can take the loop either left or right. We chose right, which creates a counter-clockwise loop. This section of trail travels along the base of Westwing mountain and you'll enjoy some good views of the Peoria area. After about 2 miles of hiking along this base, the trail turns North around the mountain. We took two spur trails (marked on the map) just to look around. One of these spur trails is an unsigned junction, so use those route finding skills here.

The return back is on the ridge line of the mountain range and goes over the top of Westwing mountain for some good views of the surrounding area. Again there are a few spur loop trails on this return path. Stay left at the first spur trail and right at the second (JCT 2L on the map) to stay on the main path. You'll return to the original trail junction (JCT_1 on the map). From here, follow the arrows to get back to the parking area. There is additional information and maps on this trail area at the Peoria website: Link here.

Even though the surrounding views are a mixture of mountains and fancy houses, it's still an enjoyable view and worth the effort.

It may be tempting to shorten this hike by parking in the neighborhood. Please don't do this, as it interferes with the homeowners.

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