Sears Kay Ruins Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
364 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

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nature trips

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views

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Sears Kay Ruin offers the visitor a glimpse of a distinctive lifestyle that existed long before Columbus. Self-guided 1-mile loop trail will take you through Hohokom Ruins. The site of Sears Kay Ruin was first occupied about 1500 AD. Point of Interest along the Great Western Trail. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Stay limit 1 day, day use only, no trailers. Please help us protect our national heritage. It is a priceless and a non-renewable resource. To report looting or vandalism at this or any other archeological or historic site please call 1-800-VANDALS. 3 Ramadas w/ picnic tables & grills, trash service, no drinking water, paved parking for 8 vehicles.

19 days ago

I love this place. Very easy walk. I have been coming out here for years. Not so much for the trails but to reconnect and get away from the city. There is pure silence out there. If you're lucky you may hear a critter or two wrestling around in the shrubs but for the most part it's like a vacuum. It's almost magical. Definitely spiritualy fulfilling with the ruins being there. I have encountered rattle snakes in late spring early summer on more than one occasion. Very low traffic. Don't steal my spot!

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1 month ago

Really nice short in and out trail leading to some breathtaking views and some interesting ruins. We had the place to ourselves it was lovely

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1 month ago

This is an easy 1-mile out-and-back trail. Nice views of the surrounding valley. Very interesting history lesson on the signage along the way.

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2 months ago

Awesome signs explaining what use to be there! Amazing views and lots of little critters!

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2 months ago

Short and easy, nice signage for the ruins. Head down the back to access the balanced rock.

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4 months ago

My wife and I first hiked this trail 5 years ago and go back every year. It is very pretty, quiet and a bit creepy/eerie. I am not sure how to explain the eeriness - you will just need to hike it to find out!! Short hike an easy climb.

7 months ago

So peaceful here. Perfect place to go and get lost in nature!

8 months ago

Short easy trail!

8 months ago

nice short walk to rick piles, with nice views

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8 months ago

Nice quick trail. Lots of interesting looking rocks.

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9 months ago

Easy and educational especially great for kids to learn about Native life.

10 months ago

Pretty shot and very easy with Cool ruins at the top as well as nice views

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Nice trail.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Interesting and easy

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Great short hike going uphill on the way to the ruins. Cool to get a little history lesson and would be a great short hike for kids that don't want to go far (like my kids). There seem to be a bunch of trails that go off in different directions once you're up there so alot to explore.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

This trail is an uphill trek but is a clean trail with gorgeous views, minus the power lines. Not many people at all! To see the Ruins follow the trail to the left and go up! The trail to the right will not go to any Ruins that we saw. The parking lot is small, no fees, has a bathroom too with covered picnic areas.

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Nice trail to hike, very easy for little ones. It will be too hot to hike for the summer months without water.

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

It's a good trail. We had the opportunity to see a rattle snake and a gila monster along the way. I think the best find that I haven't read or heard anyone talk about is the face on the rock of the photo I uploaded. its on the lower left side of the rock. I didn't see it before and now it is all I see.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I really enjoyed this easy and quick hike to the ruins. The views from top were beautiful BUT the high tension wires really take away from the natural beauty of what could be absolutely gorgeous views....thus my 3 star rating.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Nice easy hike to see some history. Well marked and great for kids.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

nice little leg stretching trail

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

easy trail

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Friday, November 18, 2016

This is a relatively easy trail to 1000 year old ruins of a Hohokam Pueblo. The trail is well marked and lots of signs provide historical info.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sears-Kay is an easy hike to the top of a small mesa / ridge line in the Tonto National Forest North of Scottsdale and nearby Cave Creek and Carefree. It is open year round and hikers of all skill level will enjoy this trek. It is a great place to bring people from out of town or that are new to hiking as there is easy access to the Hohokam Indian Ruins atop the mesa. Remember - This is an archaeological site and removing artifacts is a crime. The Hohokam Indian dwellings are very interesting and the views are breathtaking. Adjacent to the parking lot there are primitive bathrooms and picnic areas for day use. A Tonto Pass is required to enter this Fee-Use area.

For more info check the US Department of Agriculture Forest Department Web Site for Sears Kay - http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tonto/null/recarea?recid=35235&actid=119

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2 months ago

recorded Sears Kay Ruins Trail

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