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Hayden Butte Preserve ("A" Mountain)

Hayden Butte Preserve, Tempe, Arizona
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Type: Nature & Gardens
Ages: All Ages
Cost: Free

Located on the ASU campus. Hikes, petrogylphs, and city views.

1 Review for Hayden Butte Preserve ("A" Mountain)

May 23 2015
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"Kid-Friendly, Great Views"

My family of 7 (kids ages 9 yrs - 10 months) decided to try hiking "A" mountain on an unseasonably cool Memorial Day weekend. Parking cost $2/hour at the lot we parked in. There is a pay station that takes credit cards. One hour was enough time for us and we took lots of breaks. The trail to the top is a constant incline with a lot of stairs. There are two ways to start. If you get on the trail and head to the left, you end up at a paved ramp that takes you straight up to the next leg of the trail. If you head right, the trail is not paved and not as steep. There are a few steps, a switchback, and some petroglyphs. We took the paved road up and the more gradual incline down. We preferred hiking on the dirt trail and enjoyed seeing the petroglyphs. The second leg of the trail continues on a paved (asphalt) road. This leads to a lookout area with some benches and a trash can. At this point you are right below the giant letter "A" on the mountainside. If you want a good picture of the "A', this is the spot to do it. There are then stairs that continue up the mountainside past the "A" on the mountain. Although signs ask you to stay on designated trails, there were many people hiking across to the letter to sit on it and take a picture. The staircase, which consists of sets of steps placed at varying heights and random intervals, takes you up to the top of the butte where you are rewarded with a 360 degree view of Tempe.

Although there were a lot of steps and some step inclines, all of our walking children (ages 9, 6, 5, & 2) were able to handle this hike at a decent pace, and they do not all typically enjoy hiking.  We saw many other families with young kids on the trail. Here is no shade so make sure you wear sunscreen and bring water. This trail is very popular and can be crowded on weekends and holidays.

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