|Hike Name:||Lake Pleasant Regional Park - Pipeline Canyon Trail|
|Nearby Town:||Happy Valley|
|Directions:||North from Phoenix on I-17 to Carefree Highway (AZ 74), about 5 miles north of Deer Valley Road. West on Carefree Highway to either of the two entrances on the right.|
|Total Hike Distance:||1.40 miles|
|Hike Type:||In and Out, Backtrack Hike|
|Hike Starts/Ends:||Pipeline Trailhead South|
|Trails Used:||Pipeline Canyon Trail|
|Backcountry Water Sources:||Streams, Lakes|
|Contact Information:||Lake Pleasant Regional Park
41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd.
Morristown, AZ 85342
Contact Station 1-928-501-1710
Operations Center 602-372-7460
|Best Season:||Winter, Spring, Fall|
|Road Conditions:||Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads|
|Hike Summary:||At approximately 120,000 acres, Maricopa County is home to the largest regional park system in the United States. All trails within the Maricopa County Park System are for non-motorized use only and ten parks in the system circle the metropolitan area and all are within a 45-minute drive from downtown Phoenix.
This backtrack hike is at the Lake Pleasant Regional Park north of Phoenix. It follows the Pipeline Canyon Trail down to a floating bridge over the lake, then returns to the trailhead. On the trail, there are cactus that exceed 30 feet in height and excellent views of the surrounding desert and of Lake Pleasant. The trail is well marked, well maintained and is a great way to spend an hour or more if you want to hike the entire 2 mile (4 mile roundtrip) route. Due to intense heat, and a tight schedule I opted for an abbreviated trip - but it's enjoyable either way.