Telegraph Pass

The way I would describe Telegraph Pass is that it’s short, easy to follow and an ass kicker.

Starting at the trailhead, there is a nice concrete path from the parking lot that will entwine through the neighborhood houses then will spit you out into the wilderness of the harsh desert.

Concrete Path that leads to Telegraph Pass Trail
Concrete Path that leads to Telegraph Pass Trail

The trail starts out easy enough…its pretty flat and you’ll notice that you are gradually going up.  This gradual upward process can start to take it’s toll on your lungs and there is great place where I like to take my first break.

It’s right where you see this picture of the rock formation on your right hand side. There are some trees that provide a little shade, plus there are cave drawings on this rock, so it’s a good excuse to rest and look at the petroglyphs that are over 600 years old!

Site of Petroglyphs
Site of Petroglyphs

It’s after this point that I personally find the trail starts to kick my ass. I know it sounds cheesy… but say bye-bye to gravely flat land and hello vertical trail! Now for advanced hikers, I’m sure this seem like nothing, but for me it’s pretty vertical.

With a few quick turns you’ll find yourself ascending over big rocks. It’s at this point Telegraph Pass turns into a mental challenge for myself. The reason is because you can see the end of the trail, and although it’s not far away it is very high up.  So giving up isn’t an option since you are so close! You feel that with giant step you are taking over those rocks you are getting closer to your goal.

The last part of the trail looks very intimating. It is vertical, no longer big steps but an awkward vertical hike (where I usually take a break in the middle).

Almost to the top!
Almost to the top!

Telegraph Pass is a trail that made me begin to love and respect hiking. The way I see it hiking is meant to be a challenge, physically and mentally.  Telegraph did that for me. Due to being able to see then end of the trail it makes me really push myself and I feel very rewarded at the end when I’m on top.

The trailhead for Telegraph Pass is located in the Ahwatukee foothills. To get there you will go west on Chandler and then turn right onto Desert Foothills. The trailhead will be on your right (it is a little hard to see because it is near the top of a hill, so be on lookout for it!).

The way I would describe Telegraph Pass is that it’s short, easy to follow and an ass kicker.

Starting at the trailhead, there is a nice concrete path from the parking lot that will entwine through the neighborhood houses then will spit you out into the wilderness of the harsh desert.

The trail starts out easy enough…its pretty flat and you’ll notice that you are gradually going up.  This gradual upward process can start to take it’s toll on your lungs and there is great place where I like to take my first break.

It’s right where you see this picture of the rock formation on your right hand side. There are some trees that provide a little shade, plus there are cave drawings on this rock, so it’s a good excuse to rest and look at the petroglyphs that are over 600 years old!

It’s after this point that I personally find the trail starts to kick my ass. I know it sounds cheesy… but say bye-bye to gravely flat land and hello vertical trail! Now for advanced hikers, I’m sure this seem like nothing, but for me it’s pretty vertical.

With a few quick turns you’ll find yourself ascending over big rocks. It’s at this point Telegraph Pass turns into a mental challenge for myself. The reason is because you can see the end of the trail, and although it’s not far away it is very high up.  So giving up isn’t an option since you are so close! You feel that with giant step you are taking over those rocks you are getting closer to your goal.

The last part of the trail looks very intimating. It is vertical, no longer big steps but an awkward vertical hike (where I usually take a break in the middle).

I have done Telegraph Pass in the past and decided to take Cody with me so that he can see what a good ass kicking hike is like.  The first time I did Telegraph Pass I didn’t really like it, but now I have grown to love it.

Telegraph Pass is a trail that made me begin to love and respect hiking. The way I see it hiking is meant to be a challenge, physically and mentally.  Telegraph did that for me. Due to being able to see then end of the trail it makes me really push myself and I feel very rewarded at the end when I’m on top.

The trailhead for Telegraph Pass is located in the Ahwatukee foothills. To get there you will go west on Chandler and then turn right onto Desert Foothills. The trailhead will be on your right (it is a little hard to see because it is near the top of a hill, so be on lookout for it!).

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