ElevationAscent: 70' 21 m
Descent: -299' -91 m
High: 2,407' 734 m
Low: 2,114' 644 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“The newest trail in Cave Creek Park is a mountain biker's dream. Large outcrops of quartz rocks.”— Michael Rigney
Large outcrops of solid quartz along the trail give the trail its name. If you ride in the late afternoon you can often glimpse small herds of mule deer in the draws. From the top of the trail you can see large areas of the far north Phoenix metro, area and on a clear day you can see the Four Peaks wilderness area about 70 miles to the east.
The trail is well engineered with good drainage with little exposure. It's very popular with hikers and equestrians on cool weekends so be careful of trail users.