Tortoise and Hilltop Trails

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Tortoise and Hilltop Trails is a 2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Scottsdale, AZ that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.0 miles 173 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


trail running




Be on the lookout for wildlife like jackrabbits and lizards on the initial stretch of trail (Tortoise Trail) and for mountain bikers as this trail joins the Pemberton Trail for a bit as it crosses a parking area. Head across the parking area and climb the hill to the hiker-only Hilltop Trail loop.

2 years ago

There is a $6.00 day fee for parking at this trail. Head past the Nature Center and turn right follow the road all the way to the end of the road for parking. At that point you have access to multiple trail heads. Take Pemberton Trail to the Tortoise Trailhead and from there is a .7 mile hike to the Nature Center over a nice reasonably flat hike on a well maintained trail. Really love this area multiple trails if you want you can make your own loop trail with the way there trails are setup.