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 accessible 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 life to see on this hike. Dogs are allowed and I did not mark this above because it is just to hot to take a dog on a long hike like this. Remember this is July so right now it is hot and dry. Right now this is no shade at all, you will be in the sun the whole way.
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.
Good hike bring water
Once you get in a ways it's nice and quiet watch for rattlers
Great views and a good workout! Sunset was beautiful too!