Scarlet Canyon

MODERATE 85 reviews

Scarlet Canyon is a 3 mile lightly 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
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
715 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

road biking

rock climbing

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

washed out

Neighborhood trail part of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation department but one of the lesser known trails that remains officially unnamed. You can go around the mountain or over the mountain. Mostly flat with lose sand and gravel. Makes mountain biking a challenge. There are some hills and boulders to navigate and the ascent up the mountain is very rocky. Lots of coyotes and jack rabbits in this park.

14 days ago

love this mountain. not a lot of traffic. can be easy or hard and is close to the freeway.

hiking
25 days ago

Fun trail. Difficult to find the correct route. I would recommend using this app to stay on course.

hiking
29 days ago

This was a moderate hike. Some of the trail is difficult to find. Be prepared to climb a few boulders. Have a great Leisure hime with my BFF.

hiking
1 month ago

I agree with the others who said this is not easy. I figured easy would mean no rock climbing but there is plenty in getting to the top here. Trail is nice though (when you can find it). The three miles turned into about 3.5.. Pretty deserted though, even at mid-morning.

Love this mountain, fun for rock hoppin.

1 month ago

Not easy at all, there is a lot of broken glass along with rock climbing and loose rocks. Would not recommend dogs or children on this hike. Hard to follow because there is no trail marks on the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

I have no idea who classified that trail as easy. It is at least moderate. Beside that, very nice hike

hiking
2 months ago

The only easy part is when you walk through a residential area. The trail isn’t marked very well.

3 months ago

not marked so it's hard to follow. LOTS of broken glass so be careful with dogs. also, i'd say it's more moderate than easy.

trail running
3 months ago

Absolutely no markers, no clear "trail" at times. Not very picturesque.

4 months ago

They claim this is easy, yet following the trail provided takes you up very, very rocky terrain. Don't follow the map, the "easy" part is walking the parameter.

nature trips
5 months ago

This trail is right outside our back door, so we are biased! We really enjoy the flowers and the critters. The level areas have been pretty abused over the last 70-80 years with mining, dumping, target practice, etc. But the hills are pretty nice. There is an active red-tailed hawk nest and a robust population of chuckwallas --some of whom seem to like having their pictures taken.
There are so many challenging boulders here that it is called the "Beardsley Boulder Field". It is fun to watch the climbers.

8 months ago

Not well marked, and my husband would argue it wasn't easy. I'd reverse the trip, next time around.

9 months ago

Fairly flat hike unless you scale the mountain which is very rocky

9 months ago

No trail signs. Low maintained trail.

hiking
9 months ago

The app said "easy", but I would rate this moderate with difficult spots. Beautiful though.

hiking
9 months ago

Marked as easy, but more like a moderate trail. More climbing that I would have liked. GPS was way off

hiking
9 months ago

Fun trail but almost got lost at sunset not marked that well

hiking
10 months ago

Nice little hike close to home! I liked it a lot more than I thought i would. Not much of a trailhead on Rose Garden, but it serves its purpose. If you go up to the top, the hike is definitely moderate, not easy. The rocks and some climbing sort of reminded me Camelback Mtn., but easier. Great views from the top and pretty quiet. Will for sure come back for a fun east hike!

hiking
10 months ago

I would rate this hike as moderate. No marking on the trail, easy to get off trail. Some rock climbing. There is a lot of loose gravel.

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