Deem Hills Circumference Trail with Ridgeline and Summit

MODERATE 45 reviews

Deem Hills Circumference Trail with Ridgeline and Summit is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
597 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Deem Hills is one of the newer parks in Phoenix to open (2010) and as such a lot of people still don't know it's there. This means that it has much more of a secluded feel then some of the more well established trails around. It IS popular with mountain bikers though so be on the lookout for them as they like the more sparse feel as well. The main park entrance is in the Stetson Hills community with the nearest cross streets of 51st Ave and Happy Valley Rd. Deem Hills is really 2 hills in one with a just under 6 mile circumference trail around both. The trail itself is actually pretty nice and well cut through the desert but be aware that it can still be pretty loose in places, probably because it is so new. For an average hiker it's a very nice hike but for a beginner there are inclines that might seem a bit tough in places, especially if you head up to the summit (the Ridgeline Trail). The summit has a couple nice overlooks where you can take some pictures and is challenging enough to be worth the effort but this isn't really a workout type of hike. After all you're only gaining about 600 ft total. Avoiding the Ridgeline Trail cutting through the middle on part of the Basalt Trail cuts about a mile off the distance making this side great for a quick 3 mile exercise.

hiking
1 month ago

this was a great trail to start the hiking season.

hiking
2 months ago

I took the Circumference Trail from the East side and up the Ridgeline to the top. I then returned back the other way to the trailhead. Some call it "Crab Claw Loop." I call it fun! About 5.0 miles altogether.

6 months ago

love it

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful scenery. Easy to Moderate trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Good exercise with my Great Dane!

9 months ago

Great hike that gets the job done. Not heavily trafficked and is a good quiet hike. Does have some nicer views of Phoenix.

10 months ago

Great hike, lots of moderation

mountain biking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

Really rocky. Meh for mountain biking. Probably better for hiking.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Nice park with easy parking and nice trails. Easy and convenient for anyone living in the West Valley Phoenix area.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Great hike! I planned on the listed "3.8 mile", not sure how far off my gps can be but mine registered 5.2 miles. Went clockwise, up to summit and used "shortcut" to get back. Great views and not real busy.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Bring water! Do yourself a favor and climb up the Ridgeline trail. Pretty good workout for a "hill."

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