Mojave Trail, Quick and Not Too Dirty

This is the easiest trail hiking partner and I have done so far.

Which is perfect because the summer weather is extremely evil right now (except for last night's showers, of course).

The Mojave Trail sits to the east of Piestawa Peak's Summit Trail and is barely one mile, up and back.

It's the kind of hike that out of shape people do to get their exercise regimen started. It's also the kind of hike that active people should do on their "off" work-out days. And if you're a super fit person, don't even bother -- this trail will bore you.

To get there, take Glendale to Squaw Peak Drive -- just like you would to hike Piestawa. Cruise by the first two parking lots and when you've almost hit the end of the road, look to the east for a three-spot parking area. This is your trailhead.

Virtually deserted, this hike offers a lot of privacy as you climb to a secret scenic viewpoint. Follow the brown metal posts marked "200." Hiking partner and I screwed this part up and ended up on the "200A" trail (I think) before turning back. (Incidentally, the 200A gave a great view to the backyard of a mansion that, during our hike, was blasting "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel through its fancy outdoor stereo system.)

Anyway, to avoid that unfortunate situation, stay to the right when you reach the fork at about one-tenth of a mile. There's a brown metal post there but the numbers have rubbed off.

Once you reach the top, you'll enjoy a lovely view to the south, southeast, and southwest. It's a pretty sweet payoff for such a wimpy trek. We stumbled on a little memorial site at the top.

Oh, and there's hardly any shade. Not like you need it. This hike is over before you know it.

Distance: 1 mile

Time: 30-45 minutes

Elevation Climb: 300 ft.

Hiker's Tip: Bring binoculars for this view

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