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Best Trails near Phoenix, Arizona

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on Double Butte Loop Trail
2 days ago

hiking

I've lived in Phoenix for years and never actually hiked around here before. It was nice though! The buttes and beautiful. It's very busy since its in the middle of the city but you can go off trail on some areas and you'll never get lost. Not a hard hike at all, but it would be really great for getting a good run workout in! Loved the rock stairs and it's fun to climb around the buttes too if you want some incline. I'll definitely go back for a workout since its so conveniently located. Just for reference, it's across the road from the gardens and zoo, not on the same side. The directions on here will lead you right to the trailhead.

on South Mountain Pyramid Tr...
2 days ago

hiking

The directions for this led us right to the trailhead which I always appreciate! The trail is marked well, but small markers so don't try to look for any big signs. The other reviews on here said it was a steady incline and they were definitely right. Bring plenty of water, especially on hot days! If you go in the summer like we did, go EARLY! Get there before sunrise, no joke. There's not much shade on the trail once the sun is high, just a few spots and they felt pretty far from each other. We hiked just over 6 miles on this trail and didn't see too many people but it was August. I'm sure it's busier when it's not 100 degrees out. Got some pretty views of the city, but it's better for a workout than trying to look for gorgeous views. Definitely enjoyed this one though!

on Piestewa (Squaw) Peak and...
3 days ago

Great fast workout. kinda like a outdoor stair master. Lots of nice folks and open 24/7.

on Camelback Mountain Trail
3 days ago

One of my favorites!

on Dixie Mountain Loop with ...
4 days ago

Not 5.6 miles. 3.5 actual loop

on Echo Canyon Summit Trail
5 days ago

hiking

Visit was August 3, 2016
We hiked this trail near sunset, so we only made it as far as the second set of rails. That part was my 13-year-old son's favorite he got such an adrenaline rush. We took a break and watched as others experience the same excitement once they reach the top of the rails. The description is pretty accurate when it describes this trail as a "leg burner", particularly the railroad tie section. We'd recommend when coming back down the rails / steps it was best to go backwards (rails) or sideways ( rails/steps) to avoid hurting your knees. Also, wear the right shoes and stay on trail unless you are a very experience hiker/climber. Excited to go back to AZ again so we can hike this one the whole way through.

on Cholla Trail
5 days ago

I enjoy Cholla because of the easy parking. I've done this hike multiple times and will continue to do so. It is a little more difficult for dogs to do when you get closer to the top. And stay far away from Camelback in March. Lots of inexperienced hikers and it is very crowded.

on Lookout Mountain Circumfe...
5 days ago

hiking

Nice short hike. Very easy and nice for a date activity!

on Shaw Butte Trail
5 days ago

hiking

The climb is a little rough but the view makes it all worth it!

on Shaw Butte Trail
6 days ago

hiking

I like this hike! I have been coming here since I was a child, and I still come here every once in a while. A little quieter and scenic than North Mountain, and a longer hike as well. I usually start at the trail head at Central Ave. and Thunderbird, in the neighborhood. Go up the paved (partially) road and make a pit stop at the towers. Going down the other side, you can see the remains of Cloud Nine restaurant before you continue your hike down. There is other trail access here, especially the trail head at 7th ave, and you can hook up with trail 100 if you want. I just stick to trail 306 and it circles back to the parking lot. Slightly challenging, good views, and fun!

on Mormon Loop Trail
6 days ago

Great trail running loop

on Echo Canyon Summit Trail
7 days ago

Very fun. I usually prefer "woods and water" on my hikes but I love this challenge with the rocks!!!! Very easy to find and trail well marked!

on Apache Wash Trail
9 days ago

hiking

This is not an "out and back" unless you want it to be. It is now about a 6 1/2 mile loop. There are also a couple of connectors which can considerably shorten the loop. Nice easy trail that winds in, out, and along the wash.

on Dixie Mountain Loop
9 days ago

hiking

Guess it's because I'm from Illinois where many of the trails are like a table top, but I'm surprised to see so many describing this trail as easy. To me, easy is, some- thing like Apache Wash or Pocotillo which are both just a few miles from here. My Run Keeper app showed almost 1200 feet of elevation gain. Got off to a late start and the temperature was well above 100 by the time I was done. Must have been the heat made it seem a little difficult. Nice trail though, definitely not crowded, only saw two other people.