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

Badly badly marked, maybe not at all, more just weaving little sandy trails. Half the time we dead-ended in the river or bushes. Very little shade on the trails that are accessible. Busy spot for the river, bbqs and little rc cars. The river was gorgeous and we saw a small herd of horses and a big bull across the water! Pretty wild flowers and trees too.

hiking
10 days ago

Decent trail if you don’t want to drive to the park, though you still have to pay. Views of the Superstitions and Pass Mountain.

Nice little hike up to the saddle. Enough exercise for me on a hot June morning.

A bit too flat, very little shade. Nice blossoms beginning to show.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail but not lightly trafficked. A lot of mountain bikers out. Still... The desert beauty was amazing. Easy trail, saw lots of birds and lizards... Even a rabbit.

A flat trail, great for a lazy stroll. luckily the sun was behind clouds. no shade here.

this was a bad hike. there is horse poop everywhere. although we saw some horses it was smelly and there were a lot of flies.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is a nice walk at sunset, not very challenging and perfect for kids to come along. There is an awesome firepit at the trailhead with a great view...

hiking
2 months ago

I didn’t realize most of this hike/trail was a wash but it’s a good little hike for little dogs. Lots of mountain bikers and tons of Cholla to watch for!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail but a bit too flat and generic to get 4 stars from me.

More of a walk than a “hike”. I gave it 4 stars because it seems great for small kids (if you keep all the thorny things in mind), and because I liked the layout. The rocks completely lining the trail gave it a different feel than most trails in the area.

2 months ago

This trail takes you right through the Merkle Memorial Trail. (The Merkle Trail is a loop, and this one bisects it ). A nice climb with lots of beautiful views of the surrounding area. There are parts that are a little challenging. If you have never hiked a moderate level trail before, this would be an excellent one to go on. Obviously, take water even though it is short. You will want to stop and take breaks to see the numerous vistas. At the end of the trail, you will have to turn right or left to finish your hike back to your vehicle via the Merkle Trail.

Easy trail. Wide with good gravel. Nice views. Children would enjoy. It’s a loop with good signs.

Not well marked. Sometimes we did not even know where the trail was. Very limited water views. Disappointing.

Not much of a hike. Would be good for kids 2-5 or a bit older if biking.
When trying to get to the trailhead my GPS took me to a residential neighborhood with no access to the trail. Access is directly from Recker straight west of the trailhead.

hiking
2 months ago

Good trail, not too long. So many cactuses, I haven’t made it through without the pups getting one stuck in their paw, but otherwise good. Also the price went up to $7 to enter the park.

Decent trail, just stay away from the Signal Wash which runs parallel with the Spillway Trail and is much too sandy.

2 months ago

Saw my first Saguaro blossoms on this beautiful trail today! The desert was once again gorgeous on this hike. Seemed like everything was purposely planted or placed in its spot. Great views of Superstition Mtns. Can’t wait to have hubby ride his bike thru here this weekend while I walk the dog!

hiking
2 months ago

Super Rocky terrain so if you have weak ankles or small children I suggest skipping this hike. We did see a snake and other wildlife. The views at the end were beautiful.

Despite the beauty of the water, this trail is not well maintained and trash is omnipresent. Loud music and very little reason to ever go back. The one star is for the roadrunner that we saw.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing! It’s great for a new hiker

Nice, easy trail.

3 months ago

Easy, beautiful hike especially at sunset!

Had a great time, very few people and my dogs loved it!!

Nice hike! Easy to Moderate Hike for me, enjoyed the landscape and friendly peeps as I was a little nervous as no markers on the trail. Saw a few lizards & vultures. Good Times :)

This "trail" was not really a trail. No signage, no markers.
Just dirt trails that bifurcated everywhere. The area suffers from years of neglect by the Forest Service. But, if you want to see horses, they are certainly around.

3 months ago

Nice easy, sandy trail with no steep embankments. Mostly flat with a tiny incline in places. Pretty cactus - no wildflowers this year. Well marked.

on Vista Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Short hike which connects to another trail at the base

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail for kids. You can go around the base Several times.

Nice easy trail, to many bikers!

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