Looking for a great trail near Fountain Hills, Arizona? AllTrails has 20 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Lost Dutchman State Park or Lookout Mountain Preserve, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Fountain Park. Ready for some activity? There are 12 moderate trails in Fountain Hills ranging from 1.2 to 13.9 miles and from 1,660 to 3,648 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

Road is closed 0.9 mile to trailhead

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rocky
21 days ago

Good practice before GC hike but have to say I got hot even at 730am. Bring lots of water and trekking poles as they helped for part of the way. Not crowded at all. Ran into mountain bikers mostly.

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.

Well one can only see some peekaboo views of the river from the trail and definitely not the one that is highlighted as the “main photo of the hike”. Nevertheless my wife and I liked it as the terrain is quite different for the desert of the Phoenix area. It has lots of trees that create a canopy over the trail and many parts reminded us of a prairie.

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

Great trail for kids! Wish we would have come sooner before all the grass died off. We saw a little corn snake and a herd of 8 wild horses. Would definitely come back!

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over grown
29 days ago

Not all that scenic, not really along the river (you can’t really see it most of the time), overgrown in parts, and lots of side trails to confuse you. Saw a rattlesnake and he was not happy to see me. I would have been unhappy if I had paid $12 to park here but my national parks pass meant I was only out the time I spent. Not the kind of trail I’d bother with twice.

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.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

bugs
1 month ago

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

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rocky
1 month 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.

Nice trail. Well kept. Just note, the entrance is gated to private property and the attendant wouldn't open it until sunrise (5:15am for us on 5/10). Also there is a park fee when you enter into McDowell Mountain Park. Overall nice and fairly easy.

bugs
no shade
1 month 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!

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1 month ago

Hike while Abigail mtb with team

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bugs
1 month ago

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1 month ago

Hiking while Abigail mtb with team.

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rocky
1 month 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.

walking
1 month ago

It’s kinda hiking but mostly walking

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bugs
1 month ago

Lots of bugs in the spring at the summit

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rocky
1 month ago

I got sunburnt but that’s part of the fun, I did a video about this trail on my YouTube channel Austins Adventures and Gear Reviews.

on Thompsons Peak

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no shade
1 month ago

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