Explore the most popular horseback riding trails in Arizona with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

8 hours ago

Good hike very easy .. it’s a long walk good scenery

10 hours ago

very easy to follow, nice trail head. A good hike

Great hike - scenic. One of the best hikes in the area!

Excellent trail, plenty of up and down terrain.. beautiful views, so clearly se to the city

Nice easy trail, to many bikers!

This is a lovely trail, albeit somewhat well used. Fairly easy trail, with some nice rock formations.

Impromptu day trip to Saguaro National Park panned out pretty well! Breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains and Arizona wilderness. 3/59 National Parks visited.

I did this hike on Tuesday with a buddy from out of town. It was the first time either of us have been in the San Tans. This trail is the most beautiful trail I've done in/around the Phoenix area, hands-down. Magnificent desert. I'll be back and hitting all those trails. Like others have said here, other than the distance, this is a piece of cake hike on a great trail.

trail running
2 days ago

About 70% runnable; peaceful and not crowded. Great run, except for the herd of javalinas I came upon on the way back. Definitely my least favorite part!

Nice Spring Break hike, beautiful views well maintained park!

Beautiful trail. Slightly confusing in the beginning, but once you get on the trail you will see the sign for Yavapai point.
Narrow towards the top, so be careful for oncoming hikers.

2 days ago

trailhead is not accessible due to the X9 private property gate. not sure why it's even listed.

Not too strenuous, well marked and easy to run.

Hiked with our dog. Warnings were up because a fox with potential rabies was spotted in the area. We went counter clockwise which meant tackling the steep section first and the rest became an easy walk. Nice view of Superstition Mountains from the top.

3 days ago

Nice, well defined/well marked trail. Easier side of moderate rating for sure! Views are nice, but not spectacular. Can lengthen your hike with connecting trails if preferred. Nice parking lot, restrooms and even a dog fountain at trail head. Took dogs and they did fine, a bit rocky but no issues with cholla.

Took the kids here first days. They did great! We went and looped around to the Church and then back to the parking lot. Kids 5,9,12 managed wonderfully.

Super fun easy hike

An okay trail with typical Sonoran desert scenery. Nice morning exercise. No flowers - except for ocotillos - because of the drought. Probably pretty in a more typical spring. As shown on the map the loop (clockwise) is actually Lost Dog Trail to Old Jeep Trail to Ringtail Trail to Sunrise Trail.

Fantastic place to trail hike/jog! Beautiful scenic views and trails are wide and well marked. Quite rocky which I liked, more challenging than just a dirt trail. Didn’t see many wildflower....not sure when they are in season. Handy to have convenient parking, restrooms and filtered water fountain at the trail head.

3 days ago

Saw a few lizards and a small snake along the trail, cool views and a good hike that’s not too strenuous but a good climb. We recorded 8.3 miles on the loop.

3 days ago

First time to AZ hiking, entered off road. Should have used GPS, struggled a little finding trailhead we came in on, was all good though. Awesome trail!

4 days ago

More of a road than a trail as far as hiking goes and more so walking than any hiking but it was pretty, easy to walk so I think it’d be great for kids. It was great to take my dogs and nephew on. We will be back I am sure. We went on a Monday and didn’t run into anyone else but I’d imagine it is prob a bit busy on the weekends with off-road Riders and other walkers as it isn’t too far from town.

4 days ago

It’s a beautiful hike. I highly recommend hiking the north leg of the loop first. We did that and there were big boulders to climb on as the trail mostly followed a wash in that part. It was a very gradual incline that way as well. When we got to the high point of this loop, we were actually shocked at how much elevation we gained. The remaining part of the loop down was the most scenic and it was beneficial to be facing east the entire way down. The first part on the north side was very much closing you into the canyon and there weren’t a lot of views. The trail is beautiful though and it feels very unspoiled. The only hard part about it was the distance and would be hard because of the heat in the summer.

This is the 6th time I’ve hiked Brown: twice at the base, twice on the loop, once straight up the S end and back down, and (today) from one end to the other. My hiking buddy and I parked one rig at each end of the mountain. We began at the Trailhead off McCain Loop, and finished at the north end (by the restrooms). We stopped several times, since we hiked during the heat of the day (which I do not recommend). Brown is always a great workout!

Fun hike! Loved the views of the lake and getting to go right by the water. My pup enjoyed the break from the heat for a little water play time.

A great day hike, 4-5 hours. We spent 4 hrs round trip including a half hour at the beautiful pool. Fairly strenous in places but views all along the way.

Very challenging hike, especially the last 0.2 mile. After the end of the FS maintained Trail (less than 1 mike in), it’s very low traffic and can be super steep in some areas. You’ll be scrambling up some short rock faces and sliding around a bit. Don’t do it if you’re afraid of heights (or do it??). Plan to be on all fours through parts of it and bring lots of water and a camera for the top. You won’t need boots, Trail shoes will work fine. Views are amazing, hike will kick your a**!

Omg what a perfect morning. Prescott was buried in fog, but Spruce Mtn was bright and clear. Got started at 5:30 am, 37F and brilliant starlight at the trailhead. Had a couple of false starts following blue tree blazes in the darkness. Once I caught the trail had no more issues. Pretty sunrise at the watch tower. Loved it.

This Trail has spectacular views of the Grand Canyon. As you progress down the trail the canyon opens up for panoramic views. The trail itself is not technically challenging but since your ascent is following the descent it adds a level of difficulty.

It is heavily trafficked by the mules during certain times of the day.

5 days ago

Great Hike

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