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

trail well marked but look for wooden teepee by trail which signifies proximity to cave. Cave is easy to miss because trail forks in a few places. Watch for fenced enclosure 40 yds off of trail near vertical logs stacked like teepee

Went for a day hike on a Saturday. Trail pretty well marked with white blazes. The ice cave js fenced off which was very disappointing. I'd pass on this if the cave is closed and go elsewhere.

Love this hike

hiking
1 month ago

Easy, light traffic, horses, joggers, hikers. Slight elevation change.

After checking the weather forecast, we felt it was going to be a beautiful day. We started from the 187 road trailhead and about 4 miles into the hike it poured rain and hailed on us. There was nothing we could do except get wet. Once we realized that we were going to be wet and muddy, we enjoyed the adventure of the elements. You gotta love those forecasts!! We will not soon forget this hike. We really enjoyed it! We stayed on the trail the entire time and ended up over a mile longer on the hike than posted at the 8.4 miles . We hiked 9.7 miles. I’ve found that with this App, you will hike quite a bit further than what they say. Oh well, it will just make you stronger. Loved the hike!!

hiking
1 month ago

wonderful fairly flat hike crossed small streams. Large Ponderosa pines forest.

Loved this trail. So beautiful and can’t wait to do it again!

Fairly flat trail. Added Pat Mullen peak to the trail for more difficulty. Pat Mullen trail has nice sloping switchback grades. Overall, very nice. Can definitely bring the kids, if they can do a 3.5 mile loop. Best view on Pat Mullen is about half way up. Follow the White trail markers to stay on the trail. This trail winds in and out of other trails.

2 months ago

me and some friends hiked this trail. we enjoyed the beautiful scenery. we wished there was more water in the stream. lots of shade and mostly a flat hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely sunny morning loop, pretty easy. But SO MANY MOSQUITOS right now. We were prepared with bug spray, but still they swarmed our heads. Having a light hooded jacket helped.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful and easy hike. A lot of mosquitoes so bring bug spray.

I love this trail. It is easy, beautiful and gives you a really good way to enjoy the great outdoors!

great walk. a bit muddy from recent rain.

The trail itself wasn’t bad, pretty messed up from the horses walking through. The trail was full of big rocks also. We got to Scott Reservoir and it was nothing more than a puddle and the ice cave was refreshing. We got most of the way to the ice cave and then it started pouring which was welcome. By the time we got back to the truck we were soaked. All in all it was one for books and a nice get away from the hot Phoenix weather.

The driving directions don't take you to a trailhead. There are better trailhead locations for this trail with easier access. Our hike ended up being 10.4 m. with these directions. If interested only in the ice cave, walk the trail clockwise. Shorter access to it this way.

walking
3 months ago

This was an enjoyable “walk in the woods”. Quite a few people around.

Not a bad trail ( despite all the whiners complaining of bourse ruts , cows etc. it’s nature folks, get over it ) and the cold air coming form the lava tube ( ice cave ) is a welcome addition.
We hiked all the way to the junction with Blue Ridge Trail and then turned back for a total 9 mile round trip.

This is 9.4 miles. Not 8.4. Worth it, but still.

mountain biking
3 months ago

great trail but a little bit hard for me right now still recovering from triple bypass almost 6 months ago. should be killing it in no time.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice fairly flat, well marked trail. Saw mountain bikers, other walkers and 2 gals on horses. We added the Pat Mullen trail for some steepness. Disappointed at the top-thought the view would be better. But will do it again.

hiking
3 months ago

nice well marked trail with almost no elevation gain. not much to look at, prefer the Country Club trail. should be rated easy.

Lots of horse and cow poop on the trail. My dog kept trying to eat it. I ran into a heard of cows grazing, and they all started mooing like crazy, sounded like a bunch of triceratops from Jurassic Park. They were so close, i thought they were going to stampede me and my dog; can cows charge at you? Idk, but I booked it outta there just in case. There’s an area by the cows you have to cross, where the trail breaks from the creek, it’s really muddy, I tried to jump it but my shoe ended up getting sucked into the mud. That was fun trying to get out. I then came up to Scott Reservoir expecting to see a lake with water...depressingly no water at all. I thought I saw some, but it could’ve been a mirage. After that I turned back around, everything just looked sad and dry. Only the beginning of the trail had the most greenery.

walking
3 months ago

If you’re looking to get a good walking exercise, this is a good length trail. However I didn’t find it moderate, mostly easy. It’s June, and there is absolutely no water in the creek. Was kinda hoping to see some. There’s these little puddle, water creeks here & there but mainly what the cows drink from. Some open meadows, but not much else to look at.

Good trail. Well marked. Not particularly scenic. Pretty heavily used on this Saturday. We parked a vehicle at the trail head and took another to the Blue Ridge trail head just past the overlook. 4-1/2 mile easy hike, mostly downhill. The only advantage is the proximity to Lakeside.

mountain biking
3 months ago

We took the recommendations of other reviewers and rode this clockwise, glad we did! Had a blast on a long rocky downhill which I can't imagine going up. We chose to take the shortcut which was a long steady uphill which had us huffing and puffing since we weren't use to the elevation. Strava said our ride was 7.5 miles. Saw a lone coyote out there.

We did this trail once as a family, we have 2 kids, 9 & 11 and really enjoyed it. My husband and I did it a second time after some rain. It will be even better once the creek starts running.

hiking
3 months ago

It’s an ok hike. Very minimal incline in a couple areas but mostly flat. I would rate as easy. Not much to see. There was a little bit of water but not much due to lack of rain in the area.

4 months ago

Easy hike. A lot of shade in the afternoon. We went counterclockwise so the first half seemed prettier with the creek crossing (dry this time).Took my 13 yo son that’s isn’t really into hiking and he did well.

Trail was narrow and full of large rocks. There is a stables next door so the trail is full of road apples too. I would rate it moderately hard because of all the rocks. We only hiked into the reservoir because our party found it more difficult than fun.

Fun easy hike. Highly recommend hitting the Pat Mullen Mountain to add some more fun. It’s .5 mile one side (a little steep; beautiful) while you are covering the country club loop.

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