This view looks towards the southeast from the summit of
the Hedgpeth Hills (elevation here is 1862 feet, ~568m), just north of Glendale,
Arizona. In the far distance, you can barely make out the tall buildings of downtown
Phoenix, just below the left end of the faint, blue silhouette of South
This end of the hills (the east end) is composed mostly of
and is some of the youngest rock in the Phoenix area, at probably between 20 and 13
million years old. One could call this small range Phoenix's "Black
Hills", as they stand out in such stark, dark contrast to the lighter colored desert
all around. They are especially prominent as one drives along SR101, the Agua Fria
Freeway, between I-17 and Sun City.
The mountains in the distance on the left, the , include Shaw Butte, from which you can see a reverse view.