Shadow Mountain Trail

EASY 82 reviews
#9 of 51 trails in

Shadow Mountain Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife 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.

2.9 miles
695 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running






11 hours ago

Trail isn’t marked, kind of made my own way to the top. Very rocky. Good for quick easy hike.

4 days ago

Definitely moderate.. the trail wasn't clearly marked as others have said. But it was fairly easy to navigate yourself around. pretty good work out if you go all the way to the top! great views.

29 days ago

No trail markers and all trails blue dot did not line up with trails.

1 month ago

The hike itself is really nice and scenic but the trail isn’t marked at all. I kept veering off trail. I would definitely bring your phone to track your location

1 month ago

This trail is a great moderate hike with nice views on the back side of the mountain. It’s not easy & there’s loose rock in multiple places. Hard to follow the trail unless you’ve hiked it before. Poorly marked but if you use the trail app it’s worth it.

1 month ago

I didn't have any trouble finding the trail. nice easy hike. chill. I'd bring my kids here.

1 month ago

It was hard to follow the trail. I wouldn't take kids or my dog since I was walking over a lot of rocks. Didn't see anyone. Nice and quiet.

1 month ago

That was a crazy mess of a trail, but it was pleasant. It's hard to keep on the trail, as it's not well worn and you can't see it in places. At one point I felt like I was blazing my own trail up the side of the mountain. Plus there are a ton of side trails. and I wouldn't call this trail easy.

1 month ago

Quick mountain hike right in Phoenix and easy climb to awesome 360 views of Phoenix. Very rocky and scraggly but I kinda loved it. Perfect for a quick hike when you have little time. And very few others were here so I had most of time in solitude. Definitely loved it!

1 month ago

West side is confusing. I’m glad I did it during the day.

2 months ago

Pretty trail, not many hikers on it. The trail gets sort of lost on the West side of the mountain (towards cave creek rd.) as there was/is some construction going on. From there the trail that goes up the mountain, not very distinct and kind of have to guess where the trail is but I made it! Trail is rated as "easy" but for a beginner it might be a bit more than that. Wildlife is quite active on this mountain, I even found couple of coyotes nests (that was cool, I've never seen one).

2 months ago

Great trail and is definitely tougher than it looks

3 months ago

For me it didn’t look like much but it was tuff , I went when the sun was going down that was a mistake too many loops , it was a challenge I for sure will do this again with more light

4 months ago

2016 2nd trip for hiking. Nice hike and good scenery

7 months ago

Nice quick hike to the peak. Easy until the half way, then the last leg starts to get a little steep. Nothing to incredible to see except a great view of Lookout Mountain to the West.

9 months ago

Decent hike, not terribly challenging, and was completely empty. There are a lot of prickly vegetation growth along the trail, and you can get off trail on the SE side of the mountain fairly easily. There is some wild life here, saw some lizards, a family of jack rabbits, and two hawks decimating that family of jack rabbits.

10 months ago

Didn't go all the way to the summit but was definitely a fun and challenging hike

11 months ago

The trails were a little crazy and unmarked. You never lose sight or sound of the city.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Great w kids! Great views

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Nice community trail. My kids are able to hike it with me.

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