Explore the most popular birding trails in Thunderbird Conservation Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This was a pretty easy trail. Not a ton to look at, but it had a lot of variety as far as hills, rocks, and flat areas. There were places to stop and rest and wasn't too busy. My dog and husband (who doesn't really like hiking) really enjoyed this trail.

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike with nice scenery. I went counter clockwise and noted that I probably went the most difficult way first.

hiking
14 days ago

Disappointed. Nothing that scenic or pretty. I also didn’t think it was easy.

hiking
15 days ago

In looking over this map, I'm now realizing I only did half of this trail apparently. Well, that's good and well, as I'll definitely be back in the future. The half I did was up and down in about 45 minutes, where I shortcut the bridge to Cholla Loop. I'm silly and didn't realize there was another entry to the summit and just came down the way I went up. The views from Arrowhead's summit are really something and I was glad to kick off the hiking season with this one. In terms of difficulty, I'd say it's an easy-moderate. It's not particularly steep, in my opinion.

hiking
15 days ago

Thunderbird Mountain is totally jazzy. I went up Arrowhead first and then became curious and followed the bridge to Cholla Loop. I didn't know exactly what I was in for, but it was a good workout. Cholla Loop has no shade, so make sure to wear some solid sunblock and stay hydrated. This trail felt like it took forever, when in reality it took me about 80 minutes. Like at Arrowhead Point, there is a flag at the summit, and it's a good hike overall. Scenic? Eh, not as much.

It was a nice trail with great views and a patriotic summit!!!

Visiting from from Northern California. Was a perfect walk.

Good easy trail

1 month ago

Nice, moderate 3+ Mike hike which loops around Thunderbird Mountain between 55th Ave and 59th Ave on Pinnacle Peak Road. Better to park on 55th Ave as there is more parking space, and just cross the road near the signal, which immediately takes you to Cholla Loop.

Loved it Especially the American flag when you get to the top

hiking
2 months ago

Moderate rating is accurate. I would suggest hiking the loop clockwise. This will provide a more gradual incline to the summit. Descending is with less small rocks and scree.

hiking
2 months ago

Accurately rated. Very accessible. Nice view overlooking Glendale from the summit. Added a black throated sparrow to my bird list.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail offers moderate elevation gain and no shade, but offers great views of the basin. In summer months hit the trail early. Trail is rocky in places.

My son-in-law and I go there almost every Sunday morning. It is pretty easy with just enough rocks, turns and elevation changes to make it fun.

Fun little hike with some great views of the temple

this was my beginners hike. I've done it a few times with my boys and they loved it.

hiking
4 months ago

nice hike

4 months ago

Good cardio work out. This was the first time for me on this hike. I will do it again.

Fun stair-like climb, slow ascend but a lot of rocks to step up.

hiking
5 months ago

Very rocky but excellent views.

if you follow the whole loop- coach whip-ridgeline-sunrise-coach whip, it's more like 4 miles. still a good easy/mod hike

hiking
6 months ago

Fun hike, a bit rocky :)

Love the flag at the top! Very motivational...

Nice trail for us older folks just starting out

This was an amazing sunset hike to do. It’s fast and easy and you have plenty of time to get to the bottom before dark!

Disappointed by this trail. So many other better trails in Phoenix. It's fine if you're looking for something short, quick and easy and don't care much about seeing desert flora - not too many cacti here compared to other places.

An easy, convenient trail I find myself on a couple times a week.

Good workout! lots of loose rock in places, awesome views all around. it can be kind of crowded at times.

great for a morning hike and perfect to do with family.

6 months ago

Very good hike.

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