Scarlet Canyon

MODERATE 106 reviews

Scarlet Canyon is a 2.7 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
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
738 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.

24 days ago

Just what we were looking for: away from city craziness, away from people, beautiful views, and a good challenge. Definitely wouldn't be kid friendly, though, as it says. And bring this app along to make sure you can find the trail.

1 month ago

Should be rated: hard – easy – hard. The climbs up on both sides are narrow, Rocky, rugged and steep - another words, wonderful if you like that kind of thing as I do. The loop at the bottom though is mostly flat and boring unless the neighbors happened to be standing there buns by the pool or invite you in for a refreshing dip along the way. Even so, nice work out; a beautiful hike

1 month ago

love the views and nice and easy!

hiking
2 months ago

wasn’t too challenging, good for beginners, trail can be confusing at times but definitely would go again

2 months ago

Our family loved the rock climbing and challenging terrain; however, the trailis not marked at all and its so easy to get off course. Highly recommend the hike, but use the app to keep on track.

2 months ago

Great hike but not a very clear path at all. Be sure to use GPS to make sure our staying on trail as it’s super hard to get lost. Only passed one hiker. Nice and quiet.

3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months 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
4 months 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.

4 months ago

Love this mountain, fun for rock hoppin.

5 months 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
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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

6 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
6 months ago

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

7 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
8 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.

11 months ago

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

Saturday, April 15, 2017

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

Monday, April 10, 2017

No trail signs. Low maintained trail.

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

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

hiking
Saturday, April 08, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, March 26, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, March 01, 2017

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
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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.

hiking
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

There were no trail makers. Without the map on line it would be hard to follow the various trail branches. The trailhead could have at least a map and area overview.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

It's a great little hike for us when time is short.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

I take my dogs no problem and it's pretty dead weekday ams so it's nice. tons of unmarked trails so I explore allowing my hikes to range from 2-7ish miles. to small an area to get seriously lost, off the original goal trail for sure though! Simple nice & quiet.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Unmarked trails. Definitely got lost. I took my dog with me and I don't recommend that. There is some rock climbing evolved if you actually want to get to the submit. It was a definite disappointment.

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