Explore the most popular Trail Running trails near Fountain Hills with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
no shade
11 days ago

Super nice trail with views. My favorite hike is to descend to Ringtail trailhead for a 4.8 mile hike.

A great hike - be ready for some serious elevation gain and a pretty rocky trail. Don't let those stop you from looking out and around. Some serious views await. If you're a fast hiker, add a few purposeful stops just to take in the boulder-y mountains as you ascend. You'll have views out to the Superstitions and Four Peaks, as well. This trail seems to always have people on it, so if you're looking for solitude, you might want to go further west to Lost Dog and do some random trail combo in that area.

hiking
no shade
rocky
19 days ago

Fun trail, great views, very hot!

hiking
29 days ago

Great in-town hike. The distance from the Sunrise Peak East parking lot to the top is actually about 1.9 miles each way with an elevation gain of about 1,100 ft. It's a quick elevation gain and workout with great views. It does get crowded on weekends. One great aspect about this hike is that about an hour and forty-five minutes before sunset, 90% of the entire hike is in the shade -- which drops the temperature about 13 degrees, versus being in the direct sun. Once you get up on top, if you want to add some relatively easy miles onto your hike, there are a couple of great options to stretch your hike to 5 to 8 miles. The first 0.8 miles are relatively easy -- if you're in halfway decent shape. After that, you're definitely climbing the next mile. Bring water as there are no facilities at Sunrise Trail East (verses Lost Dog Wash which does have bathrooms and water).

walking
1 month ago

This park is nice and open. You can play disc golf, but watch out not to lose your disc in the lake. The view at sunset is nice and you can see what it looks like from a drone in the following video link. https://youtu.be/LznRbKHuJuY

Beautiful and well maintained trail. The hike itself is not very difficult but the scenery makes it worth while. There were not very many people on the trail which made it that much more enjoyable.

Hike with Dad. June 6, 2019. Hot and sunny!

Great trail. Well maintained and signs to keep you in the right area.

It was a beautiful hike for me and my wife. There’s lots of interesting looking cactus trees along the way. It was a uphill hike all the way to the top, not to strenuous. Trail was in good shape, and only few people were on the trail. We ran into some bees at the peak. People were very nice, and would like to come back again.

Steep and down is almost harder than up but amazing views and I loved this trail! I think it was perfect for a workout and to relax and enjoy the view.

Nice cool windy 73° walk. Record low high temperature for memorial day per the radio.

If you do the whole thing, it’s closer to 7.2 miles. It’s a good work out. The trail is pretty rocky

Not the best trail for HIKING. Better option for mountain biking or maybe even running. This is a competitive pace trail; it is intended that you complete the whole loop as if you turn around, the signs say “wrong way.” You shouldn’t hike this one if you don’t intend to do the full ~9 miles. Weather turned quickly on me today (hail, thunder/ lightning) and I had to turn around; don’t use my recording. FYI if you decide to hike it anyways, be prepared for slippery terrain that has a lot of loose gravel.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

bugs
2 months ago

fun hike lots of up and down. a little bit rocky. biggest annoyance were the bugs

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

Great trail. I wouldn’t say it’s moderate more like in between moderate and hard. It’s all up hill. Finished it in about 3 hours up, and down that’s with having a 30 min lunch on top of the Mountain which I DO recommend. Great 360 view! Lots of small bugs make sure you wear bug repellent. ☺️ We did see a Bobcat!!! So cool.

bugs
no shade
2 months ago

Great hike! Very colorful, with beautiful views.

Being from the north, the sun and heat were challenging. We hiked from 8:30-11ish. Definitely a good workout if you make it all the way to the top. Gorgeous views and interesting plant life. Well maintained and safe trail, rocks are a bit jagged so wear thick soles. Moderately trafficked, we passed several parties throughout the hike, but everyone was very friendly!

My wife and I booked ourselves a half day in the wilderness without the kids and decided to explore Ballantine off the 87 midway between Payson and Phoenix. I love how easily accessible this trail is to any vehicle - the parking lot is literally right off the highway. From the trailhead I recommend the climb up to the right but the alternative is to begin the loop clockwise to the left but that follows closely with the highway for the first half mile or so. I had previously hiked 8.8 delightful miles here in January and knew immediately that I’d be revisiting!We expected mild temps but not rain, so when some serious clouds presented themselves on our drive in, Emily remembered we had some ponchos in the center console so we packed them just in case. I always stash a large trash bag for emergencies, but let’s just say the poncho was a huge step up and was used for 2/3 of our hike! In hindsight I would have packed the proper rain gear considering I’m always hoping for rain! Although our first 30 minutes were dry, once the rain started it basically continued for two hours! We weren’t deterred by the rain - the skies were beautiful, the air fresh and cool and crisp, and the snakes stayed underground! Additionally, the colors are so much more vibrant and enhanced by the rain that it’s a shame to not see everything wet! We hiked about 2.5 miles per AllTrails and decided to turn back and complete the loop to he car - I like the loop but you can avoid the stretch along the freeway if you just return the same route you came.... but then you miss seeing Pine Creek and other new scenery! The final 30 minute stretch was dry and sunny so our clothes had a chance to dry before our trip back to the Valley. We encountered one other hiker, but that was expected since this was a weekday. If you can book 4-6 hours trip time you’ll get deeper into the wilderness which I definitely recommend as the scenery is awesome!

hiking
2 months ago

Hike while Abigail mtb with team

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

Went counter clockwise (right trail) then went for 3 or so miles down Ballantine (didn't seem like much was different / going on / leading to something. Trail has an okay / moderately challenging grade. Paths are either Sandy, Rocky, or gravely. Brush encroaches on all sides. The grass and cactus will easily bite you if you aren't careful. I was constantly picking grass seeds and brambles out of my socks. View is good. Nice mountains on occasion. Saguaro and cacti aplenty. Some real good wild flowers. The path is sometimes strict because of bushes...we got trapped by a rattlesnake and had to go quite a ways to go around.

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