Explore close to home - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

close to home Map
VIEW FULL MAP

Such a beautiful hike with amazing scenery. I would say this is an easy to moderate hike not difficult at all!!

Great Hike with GTAH, AZ! Easy/Moderate with spectacular views! Bathroom on site! Need to purchase pass at Gas Stations, $8.00

Beautiful trail and the views are amazing. Challenging at the end towards the view point, have to climb up at times. Bring gloves with grips, hiking shoes and layered clothing. If this trail is your first time, allow yourself enough time to go up and down. Minimum: 6 hours roundtrip. Definitely worth the challenge.

One of the challenging trails I have hiked. Totally worth it.

Did this hike today and it took about 2 hours, maybe a little more. It was a solid workout, but I didn't find it that challenging (I'm a 21 year old that doesn't usually work out, but I do hike often). Took a friend who had no hiking experience, and for that, it was a perfect level of difficulty. The trail was moderately to heavily trafficked and well-marked; you could never get lost. Dobbins Lookout has incredible views, although it is pretty crowded. Not a bad hike, but nothing to write home about either.

hiking
1 day ago

Just did this oneand had a blast. Has a strong vertical ascent line. It’s not camelback grade but it’s a good solid workout and a lot of fun. There’s an American flag at the top which makes for some fun pics. I will probably do this one again with a weighted vest to crank up the workout.

Challenging trail, but safe. If you are looking for 45 min aerobic workout (on the way up), then this is the right trail for you

Challenging and rewarding all together! Brought 3L of water and did not run out, but it was only 60F out. Gloves helped with the rock scrambles. Follow the dots, arrows and X’s. When in doubt, stay left. It was packed with people, but made for some friendly chats with strangers. Took ~2.5hrs to make the ascent. Bring a snack (and maybe a can of craft beer) for the summit and enjoy the views!!

My all time favorite hike in AZ. The hike is strenuous with some rock climbing/hopping areas. Can be very busy though.

Nice trail, great views, elevation gain not too bad. Only drawback is trail can get rocky in places.

We hiked 12-08-18, we brought 3 bottles (16 oz)of water each and we did not finish all of it, brought lunch though, we had picnic at the summit. Things you need:
Proper hiking shoes, water, food, trail nuts, and a lot of will power and strength, and also you need a keen eye to watch for those painted white dots or the black X to follow the trail others had done, those are easier, don’t listen to anyone who tells you to follow a faster way up, it is hard and you might find yourself going back and following the other trail back up again...

Steady elevation increase and switchbacks from base to summit ( lookout point ). Moderately trafficked mornings before 8 AM during Summer weekends. Traffic increases during Fall and Winter. A nice morning snack is good when sitting within lookout point area and taking in the view of Phoenix valley. Dog owners are good about having leashes and picking up after their dogs. Stay hydrated with about 1 to 1.5 liters of water / sports drink ( Gatorade, Powerade )in fall and winter, hydrate even more during summer.

2 days ago

LOVE this hike. So worth it! Going over to the summit is a must as well.

This was my first “hard” rated hike and I was glad I explored so many moderates before doing this one. It’s a strange hike set in a pattern of stairs. I came in pretty cocky and thought it’d be cake, but every time I thought I was near the top, I’d have even further distance to travel. I felt pretty accomplished when I got to the top.

There are aspects of the climb where you’re using your hands to pull yourself up and find yourself scrambling, so it’s smart to get comfortable with aspects of that before tackling this trail. I’m pretty sure I took summit straight through, but between the trek to my car and the climb, I clocked 5 miles. Not sure how that happened.

The parking is a mess. Summit’s lot is closed until next summer.

Nice trail, excellent views. Pretty moderate I would say, but there are other trails connecting that provide a decent workout.

Loved going on this hike. The views are absolutely amazing and it has some fun scrambling portions near the end.

Came mid-day and managed to park relatively close. Did Camelback the day before and Piestewa seemed much easier. Perfect weather for my two day stay in Phoenix.

Very nice view at the top!

get the legs ready

Great views, and great workout! Perfect to watch the sunset but bring a flashlight or headlamp for going down.

hiking
7 days ago

Great views.

pretty good hike

This is not an easy trail. It earns every bit of its difficulty rating. Me, my girlfriend and her 18 year old daughter took this hike last week. There were parts where we almost called it quits. The last mile is the hardest. Lots of jagged rocks. Lots of places to skip on loose rock. 3 things you should absolutely consider: plenty of water, proper shoes and a pair of gloves for the decent. All will make this hike more enjoyable.

Such an amazing beautiful hike . It’s was tough going up my sister in law and I lost our way but got back on the trail thanks to fellow morning hikers !
Such a reward reaching the top !
You do have to pay 7$ to get in .
There is also a gnarly spot when you’re getting closer to the top where you have to reach with your legs and pray lol . Over all the best hike♥️.
I would say hiking shoes make things less complicated !

This is a nice moderate trail with a bit of an incline. Good for kids who are experienced hikers. Gorgeous views even at the start. We only passed 3 or 4 hikers on the way up. There have been reports of rabid foxes, but we didn't see any wildlife. The trail begins at the north end of the parking area.

A great shorter hike with a moderate effort. Challenging without being too long

So much fun for a quick hike

Best views of Phoenix while still on the ground. Not like other trails around, lots of cement barriers built along the trail. More like a rock stair climb than a traditional hike but we still had a good time. Stretch your legs before you start, get there early as parking can be full.

Loved this hike! Very challenging but so rewarding. Took someone’s tip and brought gloves which helped so much on the way down. I would suggest leave the dogs at home. It’s just a lot at the end to expect of them. Wish I would’ve had better shoes. Took us 3 hours to get up and roughly 2 1/2 down.

This hike was incredible. The views from start to finish were breathtaking. However, we brought our dog on this trail and it was very difficult for him. Once you get toward the top of the Flat Irons, we had to pick our dog up because we were climbing straight up boulders. The view at the top is completely worth the climb. Allow yourself 5-6 hours.

Load More