Explore the most popular walking trails in Deem Hills Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

A great and well marked trail that took us about 2.5 hours to complete with a few breaks to hydrate. We started at the park trail head (West) at 6 am. A lot of beautiful desert scenery on this moderate-easy trail including a view of I-17 and the CAP canal.

horseback riding
14 days ago

Great trail for horses!

hiking
19 days ago

The trail is clearer than others we have walked so there is less risk of rolling an ankle. Nice views of the surrounding mountains. There are three options of trails in this range to allow for those who would rather not take on any altitude hiking. You can hike the perimeter base.

great trail to hike for all levels and also a challenging one for biking

Good day hike. Gets hot mid day.

Loved this hike! So many different types of scenery. Nice that there was water about half way through to refill our bottles.

1 month ago

Love doing this hike before work and see the sun rise from the top! Easy up but don’t think it’s well marked.

This is one of my regular hikes. There are crowds on the weekend, but during the week if I have a chance I love this trail. It is well maintained and a good workout. It's also great for trail running. Bring your dog, but keep an eye out for chuckwallas, and snakes.

Well maintained, fairly easy trail with beautiful views, however the absence of the flag at the summit was the biggest let down!

Got smoked on this trail! SUCH a good workout no matter which trail you take. I’ve mixed it up quite a bit and have gotten really warped! Good times. Be sure to bring a snack or two if you plan on staying for the longer hikes. I definitely got hungry and was desperate for energy.

Super cool. Probably the most beautiful trail I’ve been on North of Phoenix so far. It’s rugged, the terrain changes from beige, soft sand to red dirt and black rocks, to white, fine sand. It feels like you’re in the wild. I didn’t see people for about an hour. I like that it’s lightly trafficked on a weekday evening.

I took my dog with me. She kept me going up the steep side to the ridge line. It was worth every step!

This trail is one of my favorites. The trail easily expands by using adjacent trails. I stick to the length on the map to have a great after work hike. The profile and length offer a great workout. The trail offers variety in vistas, plants and wild life. A road runner slightly trailed me for a half mile last month allowing a number of pictures and a hike highlight.

Moderate is apt rating but it is not strenuous.

My favorite hike! It's a perfect combination of flat and incline/decline. Very peaceful, not super busy!

Really nice easy going hike! I only ran into 4 other people! I think it would be a beautiful hike at sunrise or sunset!

nice trail, gives u flat walking and hiking up trails ,seen a kinds of wildlife!

Nice long hike. Feels like you’re further out in the wilderness than you actually are. We did see a very large Coyote. But we just hung back until he moved on.

great trail, nice variety of terrain

trail running
4 months ago

I'm still exploring, but this is my favorite trail to run in the area so far. Great distance, good elevation, plenty of small trails to add on, and beautiful scenery.

Took us about 2 hours to finish this at a more fast pace with short stops. Started 7:15am, ended 9:35am. I brought snacks but I feel I could have just left them in the car. Of course, water is always needed. Saw maybe 5 people there but looked to get more busy around 9am. I'll most likely come back when I need a quick trail to do close by.

Great trails.

hiking
6 months ago

Been wanting to try this trail for awhile. Very limited parking at trail head, but not an issue at 8:45 am this Tuesday. I didn't experience any challenges until at least the halfway point when the inclines became more frequent. I'd classify my hiking ability at about intermediate but at a casual pace, so for me, being somewhat out of shape, I found I needed to take short breaks after some of the climbs. Decent workout but personally I found the trail itself and the views quite boring.

Great hike, beautiful scenery!

Wasn't as much of a workout as the first trail i did here but it was a really nice hike, still a good workout.

this was a great trail to start the hiking season.

Really nice hike with the doggo on a Sunday afternoon.

hiking
7 months ago

Did Deem Hills today. Not too hard, not too long, not too bad. A pleasant in-town hike. Interesting rocks and a glimpse of the canal. Last time here, I did the circumference trail, but today, stuck to the C route up and around.

Broke my ankle there but was a nice trip till that point

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