Tortoise and Hilltop Trails is a 3.2 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.2 km Elevation Gain: 53 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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Be on the lookout for wildlife like jackrabbits and lizards on the initial stretch of trail (Tortoise Trail) and for mountain bikers as this trail joins the Pemberton Trail for a bit as it crosses a parking area. Head across the parking area and climb the hill to the hiker-only Hilltop Trail loop.

running
4 months ago

The trail is nice, very smooth for the most part besides some areas that are very uneven and soft due to flooding. Good trail to run, but the path is very narrow and everyone I encountered was on a bike. High traffic trail.

love the trail, but watch out for cactus balls that get stuck on dog paws.

hiking
Sat Sep 08 2018

Easy, beautiful walk with lots of lizards and plant life.

Sat Mar 10 2018

Awesome trail for every skill level with great scenery. Beautiful panoramic view of the Mc Dowell Mountain range.

Thu Jan 05 2017

Great trail for all skill levels with great views all around!

hiking
Wed Nov 13 2013

There is a $6.00 day fee for parking at this trail. Head past the Nature Center and turn right follow the road all the way to the end of the road for parking. At that point you have access to multiple trail heads. Take Pemberton Trail to the Tortoise Trailhead and from there is a .7 mile hike to the Nature Center over a nice reasonably flat hike on a well maintained trail. Really love this area multiple trails if you want you can make your own loop trail with the way there trails are setup.

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