Scarlet Canyon

EASY 63 reviews

Scarlet Canyon is a 3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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
754 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

road biking

rock climbing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

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.

7 hours 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
10 hours ago

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

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28 days 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.

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1 month 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.

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4 months ago

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

4 months ago

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

No trail signs. Low maintained trail.

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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