You might be wondering what I am talking about. What is Verrado?
Verrado is a community in Buckeye located off of i10. This flourishing housing development has both a family component and a 55+ area named Victory with two golf courses.
Verrado has been around for almost 20 years (2019). There are many hiking trails and walking trails around the neighborhood, as well as over 70 parks. The Verrado Stairs are relatively new and get you up to one of the smaller peaks that dot that are part of the White Tank Mountain Range.
Parking for the Verrado Stairs
There is dirt area at the intersection of Granite Bluff Drive and Verrado Way. This dirt area is on the side of the road, but be weary as there is a huge bump on the side of the road, so don’t bottom out.
The road ends, so you cannot drive right up to the steps. I’m not sure if Verrado will open this up in the future. Obviously, someone ignored the sign and just drove on through anyhow.
The stairs are made out of railroad wood. Railroad ties? I’m not a railroad person, obviously! And, don’t forget the hiking sign warning you of impending danger. Arizona has the stupid motorist law and stupid hiker laws.
But, seriously, don’t do this is you are not in good health. Or if it is really hot.
I climbed about 1/3 of the way up and turned around to take a picture. It was a good time to take a little bit of a rest and take a picture to see what I could. Unfortunately, there was a ton of dust in the air, so I could barely see the outline of the Estrella Mountains. On a good day, the Estrella Mountains would be clearly visible. Probably not the best air quality day to be hiking up the stairs.
I proceeded on.
When you reach the top of the stairs, you can overlook the Victory clubhouse. The Victory clubhouse is Verrado’s 55+ community. It has a lot of lovely features (feel free to message me about this-I know the community well as I’m a real estate agent). There is also a restaurant and even a small vineyard!
After the stairs end, there is a slight path that gets you to the top of this rock pile. I started to climb it, but then thought better of it as I was alone. I knew that if slipping on the rocks didn’t kill me, my husband would. Ha Ha. So, I decided that it would not be in my best interest to get to the top by myself. The few feet I did go up had a lot of jagged switchbacks and I did not have on good hiking shoes.
But, I made it to the top. It honestly took me less time than I was thinking it would. I think it took me about 7 minutes. That was with two stops for photos. I was breathing hard by the time I got to the top, so I won’t lie that it was a good stair workout.
The stairs going down did not feel great on my ankles, so I only did this torture once. There are some places that the dirt was already coming away from the stairs, so watch your footing.
Is it kid friendly?
Should you bring your kids? I know my kids would not enjoy this. Some people already remarked that their kids went up it and did fine. It really depends on your kids. I would not recommend it, especially if they are not steady footed or ever like to be carried. I did see one father have their child in a carrier. Bless him!
The stairs are nailed down, but be wary after a rain. There are rocks that are loose and the soil may come up as well. There are a few rocks in the middle of the stairs that can provide a little seat for a rest. There are no handrails so be wary of that and make sure you have enough water. I had my camelbak. I didn’t want to have something else in my hands.
Granite Reef and Verrado Way