A Humorous Hike up Silly Mountain
Sorry about the title of this post, I couldn’t help making a play on the name, “Silly Mountain.” 🙂 Silly Mountain Park is located right off of U.S. 60 in between Apache Junction and Gold Canyon, Arizona (GPS: 33.379882 – 111.48973). Over the past couple of years there have been many trail renovations to the park and it’s becoming more and more refined…providing enjoyment for hikers and mountain bikers.
The hike at Silly Mountain is easy to moderate, with only the summit trail providing any level of difficulty, and even that is pretty moderate if you stay on the path. There are a number of different trails you can take, each providing its own vantage point of the area, including spectacular views of the Superstition Mountains to the north/northeast. To the west you’ll find vista views of the Valley of the Sun. You can can stay on a circumference trail, or make your way to the summit where you’ll find unobstructed 360 degree views.
Silly Mountain also has an improved trail at the trailhead called, “The Botanical Walk.” This is a short, but enjoyable walk highlighting various desert vegetation, while also providing wonderful views of Superstition Mountain.
- Trailhead Elevation is 1727′
- Elevation gain is 412′
- Summit is 2139′
- Distance (depending on trail/route) about 1 mile
The Phoenix area has two very popular recreational hikes…Camelback and Squaw Peak (AKA Piestewa Peak), these mountains are heavily used among residents and visitors alike. As the far east valley grows, you will see the popularity of Silly Mountain increase as it’s a great place for exercise, recreation and views. Silly Mountain is a great area to come and watch one of the famous Phoenix sunsets.
Here’s a list of some of the trails…with brief description:
- Brittle Brush: A great circumference trail.
- Superstition View: As you would expect from the name…great views of the Superstition Mountains.
- Palo Verde: A cool intro to the park.
- Jackrabbit: Steep and loose, but fun.
- Coyote Loop: Exciting, but some obstacles in spots.
- Old Baldy: A wonderful climb from Superstition View.
- Crest: A more technical hike, but very doable.
- High Point: This is also known as the summit trail…spectacular 360 degree views.
If you’ve been to, or hiked Silly Mountain before, please tell my readers and me which trail you like best?