Thunderbird Conservation Area

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Hiking in the Thunderbird Conservation Park
Elevation plot: Cholla Loop to Coachwhip
Map: Cholla Loop to Coachwhip
Hiking in the Thunderbird Conservation Park
Hiking in the Thunderbird Conservation Park
Hiking in the Thunderbird Conservation Park

Location

How to Get There
This hike is located in Peoria, AZ.

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 59th avenue exit. Turn right (North) and take 59th ave about 1.7 miles to the Thunderbird Parking area on the left. There are restrooms and water at this park.
addressone
N 61ST Dr
city
Glendale
state
az
zip
85310
country
United States
Region
Phoenix Area and Central Arizona

Hike details

Distance
4.00 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
The loop hike described is 4 miles.
Time
2.00 [Hours]
Time-details
It took us 2 hours of hiking to complete the loop.
Elevation Change
500 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
about 500 ft gain
Hike Trail Type
Loop

Season

Best Season
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • November
  • December
Date Hike completed
November 14, 2019

Solitudue

Solitude
High
Solitude Details
Better than expected. We had this hike mostly to ourselves, although we were there on a weekday.

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.

Hike in the Thunderbird Conservation Park near Phoenix, Arizona.

The city of Glendale has preserved some pristine desert for the enjoyment of the folks living in this section of the valley. The Thunderbird Conservation park is easily accessed and contains a number of enjoyable hiking trails. One good loop hike to take as an introduction to this area is made up of the Cholla loop and Coachwhip trails.There are several parking areas that access these trails. We parked at the Thunderbird parking lot near the middle of the park. There are restrooms and water available here.

 

From the parking area, hike an unnamed trail about 0.2 miles to the easily spotted Cholla Loop trail. Turn left on the Cholla trail as it winds up along the mountain side. You'll enjoy views of both the Glendale area as well as the Thunderbird park. After about 2.3 miles of hiking along this trail, you'll reach a signed junction with the Coachwhip trail that runs southwest along Pinnacle Peak road. This trail gets you quickly back to the start after about one mile of hiking. 

 

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