Explore the most popular Horseback Riding trails in Phoenix Mountain Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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off trail
18 days ago

Did 304-8 yesterday. 304 is a connector from Squaw Peak Drive that leads over the mountains to 8. At the low point of 8, there is a wash leading from 8 off to the northwest. I had passed by the wash several times but had never gone inside. Yesterday I decided to hike inside a bit and check out the wash. It is a long and broad wash and I really didn't travel that far inside. The wash is cloaked with trees and bushes so that there is actually little sunlight leaking inside. It is well shaded. As I passed through the wash, at one point I leaned over to the side of the wash to study a rock platform. Looking down from where I had leaned over, I immediately saw a large rattlesnake curled up on rock and dirt. It was practically invisible to view, with a pattern on its hide that precisely matched rock and dirt. I didn't see it until it was too late. There was less than a foot between my chest and this giant snake. Also, though, I didn't hear anything as I approached. No rattle and no movement. I stood very close, but didn't hear a sound. I jumped back anyway, leaping out of range while watching the snake. It did not move! Then I threw a rock at it, with the rock missing the snake's body but landing close by. No movement! The snake was asleep or dead, and it was my lucky day. Had it been awake or alive as I approached, it could easily have bitten me, including maybe in the heart. If so, today I would be dead! Oh well, fun hiking in Phoenix.

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no shade
rocky
29 days ago

Hard to believe that there are trails this cool near the center of town!

hiking
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

Gets pretty inclined at a few points on the mountain, so if you’re new to it, definitely just keep an eye out for those shiftable rocks and there’s is absolutely no shade between 10-2. Also, it’s not very clearly labeled so if you’re not from Phoenix/Mesa/Tempe/etc, just make sure you’re on the right path. Don’t wanna spend extra time in the desert ya know?

Nice trail. Confusing at times with lack of trail markers in a few spots where multiple trails come together. Trail was 5.65 miles with the paths we followed.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Great trail! Perfect for all levels and other trails branch off from it. Great views so it’s worth it to make it to the top.

Love this trail! I hike it very frequently but I enter off the entrance on Tatum where there’s less people to start. Great for all levels of hikers and a point where it splits off into other trails.

Super enjoyable and found it not crowded for as close to town as it is

hiking
1 month ago

From #100 Trail at Mountain preserve to dreamy draw park and back

hiking
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

Loved this trail. Had easy going options, but easy to go off trail and hit the peak! Highly recommend for a moderate hike.

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bugs
no shade
2 months ago

Nice trail that basically connects North mountain visitors center and the Pointe Resort to Lookout Mountain. Route finding can be tricky in places; try to stick with the cart path on the golf course. Also look for yellow trail signs to guide the way. Be aware of private property on this trail. This trail is not very difficult otherwise. A good option if you want to hike Lookout Mountain and want to add more distance to your hike.

First hike with a large group of awesome hiker babes tonight!! Perfect trail to hike and get to know one another. #hikerbabes #hikerbabesorg100

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bugs
rocky
2 months ago

Beautiful trail, pretty steady incline! Great views!

Great hike with a variety of trails. Bike and kid friendly I’ll be back

Great incline, heart pumping hike, very rocky!

hiking
bugs
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Another modified trail route. Super enjoyable. Good workout with decent elevation change and good views of downtown PHX if you follow my route.

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blowdown
off trail
rocky
3 months ago

I really the the trail.

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