Desert Tortoise Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews

Desert Tortoise Trail is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, AZ 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.

2.8 miles 409 feet Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Very good hiking area with a good range of difficulty levels. Starts with a short climb from the parking lot and some reasonable elevation changes. Back side of loop fairly flat with another slope up to meet Dixie Loop for return. If you bring a dog, it better be very leash controlled due to close proximity of Cholla cactus on trail sides. Observed some Cholla "pears" loose on trail. Good hiker shoes with firm sole recommended due to rockiness.

1 month ago

Hiked with Elizabeth and Erick. Nice new area to hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Decent workout for heart rate, but a bit too warm on this trail. Very little shade areas on an unusually warm October day

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Very clean trail area and people using the area were all polite and aware of mountain bikes sharing the trail. Staying on the Desert Tortoise Loop kept my heart rate up, but was not too taxing. Summer is over time to go back out.