Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

Nice trail. Go all the way up first and then head east, and come around..

Hard hike. Elevation changes.

mountain biking
3 days ago

wouldn't necessarily say this is for beginners as there are some tricky and steep parts, it is also easy (well, easy for me lol) to get lost, but it was really fun and if you get there early enough, you don't run into too many hikers or runners. would do it again until I gain the technical ability that I lost after not riding for a couple of years. plenty of shade when you go early.

This has recently become my favorite trail. It’s beautiful and provides just enough challenge and incline. It provides multiple places to turn around if you are unable to complete the trail. It’s a family friendly trail and the views are incredible

We have gone up this trail two weeks in a row and have really enjoyed the loop. The steep hills are probably the “hardest” part of the trail but not crazy.

Great hike, easy but felt like a good workout for me as a beginner

Nice easy first hike of the season with Girl Take a Hike! 40 plus Women!!!

Well marked, easy to moderate with great vistas along the trail. Many bikers not aware of the right of way culture.

Very easy trail . Start early bring water.

The right kind of difficult. Make sure to bring plenty of water though, even if you start early.

Less of a hike, more of an enjoyable walk for the dog! Pick a route, any route. Not much of a trail in the beginning but super enjoyable to climb up the rocks.
5:30-6am is a great time to sit and watch the gorgeous sunrise before winter starts, we’ll be back for sure!!

did this trail this morning kiks my butt every time!but its a great hike!

Great hike with a beautiful view at the top. Challenging but worth it. Go early to avoid the heat and brings lots of water!

Decided to hike this trail for the first time on Labor Day. Unfortunately, got a late start and it was HOT. There is no shade to speak off - only the partial shade of a few Palo Verde trees along the way. I would recommend this trail if you want something close to the Phoenix metro area where you would get a decent workout. However, the views are nothing special and not much variety in plant life...mostly cholla, saguaro, and Palo Verde trees, with an occasional cactus barrel and ocatillo.

hiking
16 days ago

This is an easy trail with some mild elevation to keep it interesting. Short enough to do even in summer weather in Phoenix. Make sure you bring plenty of water, as there isn't much for shade (though there is a water fountain at a pavilion along the way).

Biggest detraction is that it is very poorly marked. We had to rely on the map in this app to stay on trail and even then it was a challenge. On the positive, because the landscape is open desert, it's easy to see where you've been and where you're headed, so you're not likely to get lost.

Great trail for beginners or those who just want a quick outing. Despite being a holiday, it wasn't crowded so while we saw other people, there was no unintended company.

I am a very novice hiker. I would call myself a walker really. I only did part of this trail. After the inclines at the beginning I would say it is fairly easy. Some ups and downs. nothing I couldn't navigate. I went before the sun came over the mountain. I am looking forward to working up to doing more. This is a great location in the neighborhood.

Too urban for me.
I was going to give it 2 stars because of the few natural sections with trees and the small ponds...until I realized that the ponds were the home of swarms of super fast killer mosquitoes...

Nice parking lot and bathrooms! Also have dog bags ready if you forgot. We brought our golden retriever on a fairly hot day. Didn’t hike too much due to the heat but it was a very easy trail to follow!

mountain biking
18 days ago

Has this trail been reopened? It was closed in Feb 2018. Big No Trespassing signs with warnings.

Double easy nice for bike.

This used to be my go to hike/trail run but over the years it has become so congested that I have shifted to outside of the city. That being said, it’s a well worn trail with consistent elevation rise and the view at the top is hard to beat. It’s not for beginners and despite this, so many visitors go on this because of the easy access location . Be prepared because it tends to get frustrating for those that hike and run trails regularly. Go early as there is no shade from the sun and you will beat the crowds.

first time I've gone hiking in quite a long time so it was honestly to difficult for me after the first climb. had to turn around. but I would love to do it again when I'm in better shape. great views and beautiful sunrise.

Fantastic challenging hike that leads to a great view at the top. Can get very hot during the day so it's best to go early and bring enough water

hiking
24 days ago

Solid hike and a great workout as there are some steep inclines at times. Incredible views of downtown Phoenix, Sky Harbor Airport, and the rest of the metro area.

Short trail on the north side of The Preserve. Pretty quiet and trailhead is located in a neighborhood. Respect the residents here and be responsible. Fun hike!

Very enjoyable morning walk! Not too strenuous and actually leaves you feeling fresh and ready for the day... my dog loves it and the trail is very well taken care of!

This trail was difficult but definitely worth the challenge! 2/3 of the way up is almost entirely comprised of boulders to climb so I would suggest wearing lighter and more flexible shoes, sturdy hiking boots are not necessary and will likely slow you down.

Great place with lots of options! There are easy to moderate, short or long trails great for trail running, walking, hiking, and mountain biking. Some trails are just gravel while others are pretty rocky, but there’s really no shade anywhere. It’s our go-to place bc it’s so close to the city and but we have yet to explore every trail.

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