“A mostly level trail linking Wildcat Canyon Trail to the base of the Northgate Peaks.”
— Brian Smith
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This mostly flat trail originates at a junction with Wildcat Canyon Trail
, about a mile from the trailhead. This is one of the park's lesser used trails, but given its tame nature, it makes for a great family hike.
The trail heads due south for just over a mile from its junction with Wildcat Canyon Trail
and passes through open grasslands and pinyon-juniper. The Northgate Peaks Trail ends between the east and west Northgate Peaks. From here, you'll have great views of the North Guardian Angel, a large sandstone formation that juts up from the surrounding landscape.
There are multiple trails heading up either of the Northgate Peaks if you're looking for a scramble to a better view. It should be noted that these approaches are not sanctioned park trails - please be considerate of your surroundings and stick to defined paths to avoid trampling delicate desert fauna.