Explore the best trails near Scottsdale with detailed reviews, photos, trail maps, and driving directions curated by hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.


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pretty views, especially fun for checking out local flora with out of towners. low stress, great for a mild december day hike!

family 1st time at PP. 5 year old.loved the out, but back was a little much for her. stunning views. busy trail. go to the 4 seasons for lunch after, awesome!

6 days ago

Love this hike! Great workout with beautiful views.

great kid friendly tramp with decent valley views. my 5 year old loved it!

11 days ago

Great hike. When you trun around at the end to come back is the best. Staitmaster plus squats cant do what that did. I suggest this for anyone. I will be back for sure.

11 days ago

Intense trail to hike. Steep in some places, but an easy trail overall. A great cardio workout. The rock formations are beautiful. Jogged a little on the way down, but some of the rock is slippery. Lots of parking available. Very popular as there were plenty of people out there.

12 days ago

Did this hike at the end of summer, and it got hotter than we expected. It is a very challenging, steep trail, so be prepared with lots of water. Great view of the valley at the top!

Saw a Coral snake on this hike (not a King snake, have the video)! Great hike with varying terrain and views. Did this one in the summer, not the best time at all - take a lot of water and carbs!

12 days ago

Can't beat this for hiking so nearby in Scottsdale. One of my favorites. If you want to "half" the hike, use two cars, one at Gateway trailhead and one at Toms Thumb trailhead.

Another beautiful set of trails in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Good job Scottsdale! The facilities are top-notch, and the volunteers at the trail-head were very very friendly. Come here if you want to see the nicest trails and pristine desert. I have never seen this much cholla cactus in my life! I took the Lost Dog all the way to the Taliesin Overlook, then the Old Jeep, and finally the Ringtail trail back to the entrance of the park. I'd say a little over 5 miles and not too hard.

18 days ago

It's a great trail! Some part is a little challenging due to the steep going up. If you are into rock climbing, it's going to be a great place. I like taking photos, and this place is perfect for photography, these giant rocks, the city landscape, and the cactus are all available for composition! I have some photos on my instagram pengchen.photos

18 days ago

gorgeous!!!! I'm gonna remember this place for the rest of my life

This is a relatively easy trail to 1000 year old ruins of a Hohokam Pueblo. The trail is well marked and lots of signs provide historical info.

Great hike with a lot of exploring options. We found a lot of little cave-like pockets and climbing opportunities. If you up for a moderate challenge, I recommend taking an alternative route off trail down to parking.