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

Novice hiker, but i am in decent shape. Not too tough. Trail was great. I went early in the morning to catch the sunrise at the summit. The trail isn’t intimidating until you get to the last stretch to the summit. Basically, the heli Landing spot is where it gets dicey. Just take your time. I got lost going down a couple times. That was the gnarliest part. Sunrise was great time to hike it. Tennis shoes are ok, but hiking shoes/boots would have been much better

Great feeling to finish this - I am in shape and it was hard great workout and beautiful views

Nice 30-45 min uphill climb great views

Excellent outdoor workout!

stair climbing for 1 mile straight up. I suggest not doing this if you haven't done any cardio in a while or you can take your sweet time as there were few stops even a bench half way

heavy traffic on the trail but nice views from both sides as you're ascending. Be prepared to walk a near mile just to get to the trail head.

Definitely not a trail running trail- Absolutely spectacular views well marked Trail very pretty. All rocks. And definitely not a trail to take If you want to move fast! extremely crowded far too many hikers on trail for my preference

3 days ago

Trail rated EASY, probably as in easy to get lost and slip/fall. Lots of loose gravel, trail is very steep. Thank goodness for hiking boots and casual trees you can grab onto! Do not hike with kids - not kid friendly. I did not make it to the very top, decided to turn around and ended up exiting the trail and walking through neighborhoods on the way back versus slipping and falling.

Such a beautiful hike with amazing scenery. I would say this is an easy to moderate hike not difficult at all!!

We hiked this area today and loved it! The trails intercept one another and you can decide which way to go and how long to hike. It is easy and not too rocky or challenging, just a nice outdoor walk/hike, and many local residents are around walking their dogs and biking. Not strenuous hiking at all.

This is my first time hiking camelback Mountain! I’m disabled and it was brutal! I made it 50 or so feet from the top. But didn’t feel safe scaling the rocks to the top. I’d be willing to try the echo canyon trail, I’m told it has more support. It’s definitely a challenge both physically and mentally. The energy of the mountain is definitely different! It’s super crowded! I’m still wrapping my mind around it

Great and varied views. One of the best I've done in Phoenix.

Did this hike today and it took about 2 hours, maybe a little more. It was a solid workout, but I didn't find it that challenging (I'm a 21 year old that doesn't usually work out, but I do hike often). Took a friend who had no hiking experience, and for that, it was a perfect level of difficulty. The trail was moderately to heavily trafficked and well-marked; you could never get lost. Dobbins Lookout has incredible views, although it is pretty crowded. Not a bad hike, but nothing to write home about either.

The views are awesome!
Good challenge, but really crowded and people don’t yield:(

Nothing special....exactly what I expected from the reviews but a decent place to go for a walk nonetheless.

Challenging trail, but safe. If you are looking for 45 min aerobic workout (on the way up), then this is the right trail for you

Steady elevation increase and switchbacks from base to summit ( lookout point ). Moderately trafficked mornings before 8 AM during Summer weekends. Traffic increases during Fall and Winter. A nice morning snack is good when sitting within lookout point area and taking in the view of Phoenix valley. Dog owners are good about having leashes and picking up after their dogs. Stay hydrated with about 1 to 1.5 liters of water / sports drink ( Gatorade, Powerade )in fall and winter, hydrate even more during summer.

This was my first “hard” rated hike and I was glad I explored so many moderates before doing this one. It’s a strange hike set in a pattern of stairs. I came in pretty cocky and thought it’d be cake, but every time I thought I was near the top, I’d have even further distance to travel. I felt pretty accomplished when I got to the top.

There are aspects of the climb where you’re using your hands to pull yourself up and find yourself scrambling, so it’s smart to get comfortable with aspects of that before tackling this trail. I’m pretty sure I took summit straight through, but between the trek to my car and the climb, I clocked 5 miles. Not sure how that happened.

The parking is a mess. Summit’s lot is closed until next summer.

Completed in an hour with a 5yo and 3yo. Amazing views.

Good variety of trails and elevations.

Signs at the base warn that this is a double black diamond, extremely difficult trail. While we turned around at the 0.57 mile marker it was certainly not extremely difficult to that point. My seven- and nine-year old kids climbed it with ease. It’s a well worn trail that appears to have been previously “paved”. Traffic, of which there is LOTS, and Mother Nature have worn away much of the man-made surface, but it’s still there in many spots.

For the vast majority of the hike I did it with a water bottle in one hand, and my daughters hand in the other!

Lots of fun and views are terrific.

Parking is a challenge because of the construction that has taken away many spots.

Easy and nice

Holy cow, we did this trail end to end and doubled back some. Total mileage was over 18 miles. Only part we didn't retrace our steps on was between Dreamy Draw area and 7th St. Not much for elevation, a few spots here and there, but great for mileage. Lots of mountain bikers and some horses. The guy in the visitor center was very helpful explaining the trail. We bought a great trail map of N Phx mountain area.

Great trail it gradually gets harder closer to the top

Came mid-day and managed to park relatively close. Did Camelback the day before and Piestewa seemed much easier. Perfect weather for my two day stay in Phoenix.

Very nice view at the top!

Nice and easy walk with minimal elevation gains. The views are mediocre compared to other local jaunts but I did see a beautiful Harris hawk at the vista! While these Sonoran preserve trails are certainly designed for novice hikers, they serve a valuable function in combatting the sedentary lifestyle many people lead. Beginners, elderly, and anyone battling the metabolic syndrome/excess visceral body fat can take in this hike and experience fresh clean air and warm sunshine without over extending themselves; this, in turn, lends a lot of credibility and importance to this area.

Hiked Camelback in Feb 2018. Great workout. Fun and challenging climb. Beautiful view at the top.

Had some hard spots but overall easy and worth the trip.

get the legs ready

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