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Sears Kay Ruins Trail [CLOSED] is a 1.6 mile heavily 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 bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.6 mi Elevation gain 364 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Views

Wild flowers

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Closed

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It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to a wild fire. Please check with the park page for more information. 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.

Picnic tables, grills, primitive toilets. No running water.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tonto/null/recarea?recid=35235&actid=119

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Brady Abel
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Quick 1 mile loop up to Hohokam ruins. Beautiful views from the top of the hill. I recommend doing this hike and the Blue Wash Hike the same day.

Jill Jumper
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We did this trail mid March. The trail is a little rocky. It was interesting to see the ruins. It’s a quick hike up. Don’t know if I’d do it again.

Christi Miner
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Hiking

Went to this trail this morning and it was closed, so bummed but will be back!

Kristen Carlson Dominguez
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Hiking

Pretty views and some amazing cactus. A lot of slippery gravel so wear shoes with good grip.

Jon Breithaupt
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Hiking

Awesome interpretive signage on the Hohokam dwellings. Nice views at the top as well.

Kerri Thiel
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Hiking

Fun hike. Took our 5 & 7 yr olds. Loose stone/dirt, kids slipped when going too fast. Interesting to learn about the ruins. Went on side path to explore near big rock and stirred up huge swarm of bees. Fortunately nobody was stung but be careful.

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Renae Cox
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Hiking

very short hike but interp signs were good. I crave knowledge

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Ryan Edwards
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Mick M.
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Hiking

This is a short hike with ruins to stop and look and think about. You can extend the hike by going southeast from the top of the ruins. Enjoyable easy hike

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Kristin Andrs
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Maria N
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Hiking

Easy, super pretty and quite interesting. Not a lot of parking space.

Christa Talks
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Susan Twiggs
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Hiking

We hiked here on a cool morning. The views are amazing with no signs of the populace of Phoenix. It is easy to imagine what it might have been like for the Hohokum. Stop and breathe.

James G
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Hiking

This is a cool little trail. We did it with our 3 and 5 year olds. You have a few options on trails to get back to the parking area, a couple are small loose rocks but easy enough to hold hands to guide the young ones down.

Ransom Tom
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Hiking

Great hike! Easy and cool area for ruins!

Andrew Leonard
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Well maintained. Easy hike for beginners or kids. Lots of signage to understand the cultual history of the site and area. http://www.friendsofthetonto.org/assets/skbroch.pdf

Erika Yates
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We loved this trail. Did it with a 3 and 6 year old. Some of the downhill was hard for the kids, make sure you have non-slip shoes!

Andreanna Smith
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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!

Jean Johnston
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Hiking

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

Jason Gittman
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Hiking

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.

Cortney Waters
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Hiking

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

K P
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Hiking

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

Chad Munchinsky
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Hiking

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.

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

Debbie Long
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Short easy trail!

Ann Wride
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nice short walk to rick piles, with nice views

Didi MC
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Hiking

Nice quick trail. Lots of interesting looking rocks.

Allison Dollmeyer
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Hiking

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

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

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