Daisy Mountain Hike (near Anthem)

Date: 
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Leaders: 
Mark Miller - markm50@yahoo.com, 623-640-5375
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197
Rating: 
A- LENGTH: 10 mi ELEV GAIN: 2700 ft PACE: Medium

Contact one of the hike leaders for meetup details.

Driving north on I-17 past Anthem, Daisy Mountain appears as the tallest peak to the east. Despite its proximity and appeal, however, it is seldom hiked by people from the Valley. We’ll start at a trailhead in Anthem, proceed through several miles of gently rolling and attractive Sonoran Desert landscape, then begin our ascent of the mountain. The climb is fun but challenging, especially considering that the trail builders did not believe in switchbacks. The views from the top of Daisy Mountain are great, with a 360-degree panorama that includes the Superstition and Goldfield Mountains to the southeast, Skull Mesa and Elephant Mountain in the Cave Creek Wilderness Area, the Bradshaw Mountains, Lake Pleasant, and all of the many mountains and land features throughout the Phoenix Valley to the south. From the top we’ll continue along a ridgeline with even more great views of Anthem and New River, before descending and re-ascending on a double lollipop loop, which is easier to do than explain.

Cost to non-members is $5. No children or dogs please.