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I do like this hike but would rather do echo.

21 hours ago

Great hike if you want to beat the crowd at Squaw Peak summit trail.

Great beginner hike if you're getting into hiking.

This is a great training hike!

No parking on the east side.

Our favorite trail in Phoenix.

Awesome hike. Well marked unless you're myself on the way down. Definitely for more experienced hikers or more driven people in general. Beautiful views of wildlife and the city.

it definately has opportunity to try different trails. it does spider off and connect to other trails randomly. the trail makes you feel like you're in the middle of the desert but you know that the freeway is close by. I have run into a snake before, no big deal. the wild life is very scarce. great starting area!

Challenging trail. I loved it.

Great trail. Good mix of moderately steep and flat. Great views as with most South Mountain trails.

I do this quick hike when im pressed for time. I took my 9 month old son with me a few times in his hike pack...perfect short hike. Only downfall is close to road.

Whether you like this trail depends on what you prefer. If you don't want to see a lot of people and prefer a more challenging hike nearby, review trails in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. It's not paved and a lot of people like biking here. But I like this trail because I have so many sentimental memories around this loop and in this park. Because it is easy to walk and easy to find and at a central location in the East Valley, I visit this trail annually. Bonus is the amphitheatre located on the north end of Big Butte Loop. I sometimes bring a yoga mat to this and practice on the pavement for a little while.

Perfect for families/kids, tourists and anyone who may not have proper hiking or trail shoes, but yet still want a unique view. Once you park, there are steps leading you up to the Hole in the Rock. Those will take you 5-10 min to climb, depending on your cardio, ability to climb steps and maneuver around on dirt/rock. Easy peasy and purdy. If I worked in the area, I'd bring a sammie and hike this during my lunch hour.

I prefer going straight up Telegraph Pass, rather than taking the right to follow this trail. I found it boring in comparison. It offers the same views so many other desert trails marked Easy offers.

Exceptional workout and views. Admittedly I don't always complete it all the way down to Chandler Blvd. I do an out & back from the Telegraph Pass trailhead. I just prefer an out & back. :)

Really cool view of all the city lights at night. There are lots of people in the evening still but make sure you bring a flashlight!

I used to hike this regularly years ago when I lived in Ahwatukee. I love this trail because it offers cardio, lovely views, and is challenging enough to make you feel like you hiked, rather than took a walk. It's fairly populated but not so on major holidays (i.e. Christmas Eve, Easter morning, Thanksgiving morning, the morning of Dec 31, etc.) That's when I hiked it most, for the solitude and lack of distraction. This is an out and back trail with the last part up to Telegraph Pass having the steepest grade. I don't necessarily recommend this to tourists who don't have proper hiking or trail shoes, because there is a lot of loose dirt and stones/pebbles. But if you have the proper shoes and lots of water, the view from the top of Telegraph Pass is lovely.

4 days ago

My dog Bruce and I had a great time!! If you start just before sunrise you’ll get a really great view of all of north Phoenix by the time you reach the top!

Very beautiful hike. I did the 2.7 mile loop and it was amazing. Lots of uphill/downhill that I wasn’t aware of but everything went great. Trails were easy to follow thanks to AllTrails!

mountain biking
5 days ago

Nice for a quick MTB ride. Flat and easy.

on Shadow Mountain Trail

6 days ago

Easy hike? I’m not sure

Another of my go-to trails when I can't drive far. Dixie Peak offers such a lovely 360 view.

6 days ago

I love this trail - it's my go-to for during the work week. Two bit extends it, which is well worth your while. But be sure you have proper hiking footwear because when the grade increases, there is a lot of loose rock.

8 days ago

This is a good one to do at night during the summer. Trail is wide and clear enough you don't need a flashlight. For the extra workout go all the way down the south side of mountain to 15th Ave. then climb back up!

Great running trail. Plenty of moderate ups and downs to get good workout. I've been using this trail, among others in the area, for 35 years.

Quite steep the whole way, a very excellent hike for a good leg workout, plus the views are amazing the entire way up. I stopped every 50 feet and turned around to look over the northern suburbs. The view at the top is absolutely awesome, there arent many trails that get you this high up in such a short distance!

Good hike with lots of nature to take in. Beautiful views at the top! As a visitor to Arizona, I found this to be a perfect hiking trail! Went early in the morning to beat the heat and got to take in a sunrise at the top.

Always a good time love this trail

Our group from Gold Canyon AZ chose to hike the loop counter clockwise (about 3 miles), and then climb to Piestewa Peaks via the summit trail last so we could take a long lunch break before heading back to the parking area.

Cute urban hiking trail. It has a great view of the city and if you’re lucky enough to have clouds at sunset and a full moon you’ll be in for a real treat. 4 stars bc it’s so short! I wish it was longer! Be prepared for some steep inclines! With enough rest and water you’ll make it to the top

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