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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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.
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!
C N. on Tom's Thumb Trail South
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.
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