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West Wing Mountain Trails

 

 

WestWing Park

27100 N. WestWing Parkway
Peoria, AZ 85383

 

 

West Wing Mountain Trail Slideshow

 

Slide Show Westwing Hiking Trail

Photos by Dennis Smith

 

If you have further questions on the City of Peoria's hiking trails, please contact Kirk Haines at 623-773-7120 or email Kirk.Haines@PeoriaAz.Gov.  

 

 

 

Mountain Trailhead Parking Area 

 

West Wing Parking MapParking is available between 6:00 a.m. and dusk at WestWing Neighborhood park, located at 27100 N. WestWing Parkway.  The park offers restroom facilities, drinking fountain and access to both Sunrise and WestWing Mountain trails.  Although more convenient parking can be found within the adjacent neighborhoods, we request that you use this trailhead location to lessen the impact on adjacent homeowners. 

 

Parking is also available at the nearby WestWing Elementary School for more convenient access to the Sunrise Mountain trail.  Because there are limited parking spaces at the school, it is possible that there may be no available parking space during normal school business hours. However, please use caution when using the school parking lot during normal school hours as there is foot traffic crossing these parking areas.

 

 

 

 

 

  


 

 

Trails Map

 

Maps are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. You will need Acrobat Reader to be able to view them. For more information on Adobe PDF documents click here.

 

Advanced Trail
West Wing AdvancedThe ADVANCED LEVEL trail route on West Wing Mtn. has been improved from the original version to make this hike even more interesting and scenic. The best modification that was made to this new route is that it seldom overlaps the same walking path except on your return trip down the hill. However, you will find out that the most difficult part of this advanced hike is within the first mile of the hike. So be prepared to climb to the mountain’s highest point with a few steep inclines along the way. Then, get ready to enjoy the remainder of the hike with panoramic views.

 

The hike begins with a warm-up from the parking lot of the elementary school to the actual trail beginning, located at the northwest intersection of High Desert Drive and Higuera Drive. This .6 mile warm up and cool down is a perfect way to loosen up and prepare for this fabulous mountain. Once you cross West Wing Parkway and approach Higuera Drive, you will easily observe the blue and white trail signs that have now been posted to provide you a better indication of where the trail starts. The beginning of the hike takes you through a residential area and a neighborhood drainage corridor. There are a few pet dogs in several backyards that will welcome you along this segment by peaking through the fences in their yards. Once you pass through the neighborhood, the uphill challenge begins. This one mile incline provides very little relief as some of the areas are difficult and steep. It is advantageous to wear a quality pair of shoes or boots that have mountain hiking tread to keep sturdy footing along this challenging path.

 

Once you reach the summit you will experience some beautiful panoramic views in every direction. Once you catch your breath after the ascent, enjoy the remainder of the hike with a lot of up and down undulation – but since you’ve already reached the highest point of the hill, most the remainder of your hike is downhill so have some fun with it and take in some of the most exciting views from these Peoria mountains. At the half way point, you will have the opportunity to add a little more distance to your hike by climbing the scenic overlook at the eastern portion of the mountain. If you do take the scenic route, you will get a bird’s-eye view of the New River Dam and the impoundment area behind the dam. After a rainstorm, there may even be some standing water in various areas. After you return from this scenic overlook, you will now traverse the south face of the mountain overlooking many of the residential areas in the West Wing development. There are several interesting rock formations, hollowed out cave areas, nesting areas by pack rats, and some unique green colored lichen attached to the south facing stone along this route. This path will take your right back to the point of beginning and you can finish your hike with a .6 mile cool-down period to get back to your automobile in the school parking lot.

 

PLEASE make sure you are prepared by drinking plenty of water before, during, and after your hike. The other important element for a safe hike is wearing the appropriate footwear with proper tread to maintain balance and stability on the trail. Have fun. Stay safe. Please play by the rules.

 

Click Here to View or Download the Map » (PDF 9.40M)

 

Extreme Trail
West Wing ExtremeThe EXTREME route has been modified from its original version to make this hike even more extreme and difficult. The advantage of this new route is that it seldom overlaps the same path, except at the most interesting part of the hike, and on your return trip down the hill. So build up your stamina, because this one is going to challenge you.

 

The hike begins with a warm-up from the parking lot of the elementary school to the actual trail beginning, located at the northwest intersection of High Desert Drive and Higuera Drive. Signs have now been posted to provide you a better indication of where to get started. The start of the hike takes you through a residential area and a neighborhood drainage corridor. There are a few pet canines in several backyards that will welcome you along this segment. Once you pass through the neighborhood, the uphill challenge begins. This 3/4 mile incline provides very little relief, but it offers some spectacular views of the north face of the mountain once you reach the first saddle. It is advantageous to wear a pair of shoes or boots that have mountain hiking tread to keep sturdy footing along this challenging path.

 

Once you reach the summit of the first climb in elevation at about the one mile point, you will descend about 150 feet and traverse the south-facing hillside to the eastern most portion of West Wing Mountain. If you want to add a little more distance to your hike, climb the scenic overlook at the eastern ridge and you will get a bird’s-eye view of the New River Dam and the impoundment area behind the dam. After a rainstorm, there may even be some standing water in various areas. After you return from this scenic overlook, you will now be challenged to climb in elevation for the next 2/3 mile to reach the peak, walk the ridgeline, and climb to the summit that you just hiked 30 minutes earlier. This incline will get your heart beating quickly the more you challenge yourself with a quick pace. If you prefer to take a breather along the way, there are a few scenic overlooks that can be great places to rest and enjoy the panoramic views.
Once you’ve reached the summit, this extreme hike will double back on a steep chute through some rocky areas with spectacular views (but you’ll already know this because you had the same view from the opposite direction earlier in your route). Make sure you take your time going downward through this chute and please stay on all groomed trails. There are some areas that are more risky off of groomed trails.

 

If you haven’t had enough once you reach the saddle, take another scenic overview hike up the western edge of the mountains. There is some steep terrain along this scenic overlook route, and you are basically hiking along the upper edge of the mountain through very rocky areas to the scenic overlook. If you haven’t experienced it yet, it’s time you did.

 

PLEASE make sure you are prepared by drinking plenty of water before, during, and after your hike. The other important element for a safe hike is wearing the appropriate footwear with proper tread to maintain balance and stability on the trail. Have fun. Stay safe. Please play by the rules.

 

Click Here to View or Download the Map » (PDF 9.41M)

 

Photos courtesy of Dennis Smith

 

Mountain Trail Rules

  • Trails are closed from sundown to sunrise. (PCC 18-63)
  • Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the trails, and are restricted to designated parking areas only. (PCC 18-64)
    Click here to learn more on motorized and recreation vehicles on desert lands.
  • Pets must be restrained on a leash, no longer than six feet in length, and pet waste must be cleaned up and properly disposed of. (PCC 18-66)
  • Do not chase, harass, or harm wildlife. Marking, defacing, destruction, tampering, or removal of equipment, plants, and structures is prohibited. (PCC 18-66)
  • Alcoholic beverages and glass containers are prohibited on trails, trailheads, and parking areas.
    (PCC 18-65PCC 18-69)
  • Ride at a reasonable speed, and with regard to the safety of others. (PCC 18-64, PCC 18-66)
  • Enjoy the beauty of wild plants and animals, but leave them undisturbed for all to treasure. Stay on groomed trails.

Trail Safety

  • Use care and know your ability.Yield icon
  • Bring plenty of water.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
  • If encountered, most animals will not bother you unless threatened. Back off and give them room to escape.