Hole in the Rock Trail

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Hole in the Rock Trail is a 0.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
32 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

views

walking
15 days ago

Pick up your trash, people.

Aside from carrying down two empty gallon jugs of someone else's water this was a nice short walk up to a cool feature.

walking
23 days ago

Short and very lovely view! Nice one to do if you are flying into Phoenix Airport and not staying but want to do “something” in Phoenix before you leave to another city/town in AZ.

hiking
1 month ago

A short and very rewarding hike. The quick climb offers some great views of the Phoenix airport, downtown and Tempe. The other side offers a nice view of the Zoo and the lake.

walking
1 month ago

Definitely more of a feature than a hike. You can park right beside the rock and will walk less than 10 minutes to the top. That said, amazing view and a really unique feature!

1 month ago

This is more of a sightseeing spot to see the hole in the rock..it literally took me 3-5 mins walking to get to the "top"

1 month ago

more of an attraction than a hiking trail but still very cool

1 month ago

More of a stroll but worth going and checking out! :)

1 month ago

Fun Quick little hike with great views! Phoenix Zoo area

2 months ago

loved the walk and the sights looking out of the rock were wonderful.

2 months ago

Very busy but beautiful view.

walking
2 months ago

barely a hike, more like a busy stroll, beautiful nonetheless.

2 months ago

love this great place to take pics.

hiking
3 months ago

Quick and easy trail in a very convenient location. I would not even consider it a hike. I would suggest this hike if you are in the area like at the zoo or the botanical garden. There were lots of people when we were there around 3pm so it was nearly impossible to get pictures without other people in the background. There is plenty of parking unlike many other trails in the area.

walking
3 months ago

A must-do. It’s not really a hike and it’s great for children. It’s a Phoenix landmark.

3 months ago

Very easy trail, highly trafficked “trail”. The view of the city is wonderful, however, make sure to take your anti anxiety meds before making the short walk due to people not watching their children close enough. Also, be sure to wear appropriate footwear as the rocks are rather slick due to the frequent use.

hiking
3 months ago

Touristy. And not qualified as a hike to me. The rest of Papago Park is much more interesting I think...Find a different hike to take. Hole in the Rock is underwhelming, especially if you’ve ever been to Arches Nat’l Park in Utah.

3 months ago

Very easy trail to a nice view and our kids liked it so that’s always a plus. Somewhat crowded today. I think because there was no parking at the Zoo people chose this as an alternative like we did. Very short 5 min walk with steps and an even easier walk down. Fun but not really a hike.

hiking
3 months ago

this is barely a hike but never the less a really cool place to visit I think. the red rocks are gorgeous and the view - especially at sunset - is fantastic.

3 months ago

Not really a hike, more of a 2 minute walk to a spot with a great view. Beautiful at subset!

hiking
4 months ago

Great hiking trail, bring walking sticks because of loose rocks but there are steps leading up to the hole in the rock. There’s picnic areas across the street close to a little lake with ducks and fishing if you’re an Arizona resident. Look for prairie dogs, They’re doing a holes all over the place, also walk the botanical garden behind a hole in the rock.

hiking
4 months ago

Super short and easy hike. Very overcrowded BUT the view is really nice.

hiking
4 months ago

Dogs loved it. Heavily populated. Quick stroll for some great photo ops

4 months ago

I love this place. I mainly mountain bike here but also great place to have a date, picnic, or family hike.

4 months ago

such beautiful views! easy hike for kids, too.

hiking
4 months ago

Fun place to go for a quick hike and watch the sunset

This very short hike was so easy. It was fun to perch in the hole.with views of the Phoenix Zoo on the left, downtown Phoenix and the Papago Buttes towards the right. It’s a very busy trail for locals and tourists on a Saturday morning in January. Some young adults dared to scramble to the top of the hole, which sets a dangerous example for the younger kids. The parking lot at the trailhead is very small, however, there’s another parking lot with restrooms just a short walk further. Free parking.

5 months ago

Nice trail but it is over before you get started. Nice view of the city looking down. Will probably focus on more challenging trails going forward.

Beautiful view- would be a great view at sunset

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

It’s a good little hike to take a 3 to 7 year old to.... just don’t let them try to scale down the front

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