Bursera Trail is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
There is no water anywhere on this trail, so bring plenty of water. You will be doing a lot of uphill hiking. In the fall and winter there is much more wildlife to see on this hike.
This hike is pretty amazing if you do the full loop up National. I've done it in September and January. It was brutal in September because there is absolutely no shade. Bring lots of water. January was perfect. Overcast with light sprinkle. The descent is pretty rough as it is narrow and steep with a lot of loose rock/gravel. I ran into a snake in September and a pack of coyotes and bees in January. The wildlife is always out and about. They all kept to themselves when I stopped and respected their area.
good trail with many ups and downs meaning my legs got a workout. lots of loose rocks, so be careful.
Loved all the saguaros but I'm not used to the unshaded desert environment. The sun is pretty harsh, even in November. This is definitely a moderate hike, with the most difficult climb at the beginning (left at the first fork).
Great trail with awesome views. There's some loose rock on your way down the steep path, so if are with young children be very careful. I think I heard a rattler in the distance, so be aware that there might be snakes. Once you get to the top you won't be disappointed.
I'm a new hiker so the toughest part of this trail was going back. Going back over this trail was a challenge. I think the fact there are as many back to back climbs on the return is what makes it a little tricky.
The Bursera/Gila loop is a great trail to hike when getting your wind up after being inactive for a few years. If you want to climb right off the bat, take Bursera (left fork) from the Chandler Blvd. parking lot. If you want to establish a good pace before the climb, take Gila (right fork) through the wash from the parking lot. Very quiet and awesome views.