Fun and great views of downtown. Like always, an early start is best and will give you lots of shade here. Even though the “lookout” is closed for renovations, you can go all the way to the top and still enjoy, so don’t let it deter you from taking this beautiful, moderate hike.

hiking
rocky
1 day ago

This trail seems to get a lot less traffic than a lot of the other trails in the area. Lots of loose rock and rough terrain will make nearly every step an adventure on this out-and-back trip. Hit it at sunset... hiked by moonlight on the way back, which was a cool experience.

I am an inexperienced hiker. I am 48 years old and in decent shape (regular elliptical and strength training but no cross fitter). Also from Florida. Got started late and went at 11am. Yes it was hot but different from Florida heat. Didn’t bother me much even at noon but MUST have plenty of water. My 20 year old daughter got about 1.2 miles and was done. I made it to Dobbins but it is closed. Moderate is good description. I definitely did not find it easy. If not in decent shape definitely don’t go in middle of day. And either way it is some work. Very nice hike!

Great hike. Easy trail to follow.

done this trail a few times, its very rocky but should be easy enough for most kids, there are a few inclines, but a decent walk

running
2 days ago

A very nice “mild” trail that is runnable and not too rocky or taxing. I enjoyed this in the afternoon despite the 95 degree heat. There is a segment where the trail goes thru a hillside covered in endless cholla! So beautiful. And the old car at the beginning of the trail is an interesting touch.

Great workout and one of the best places to catch sunset and city lights in the Valley

hiking
3 days ago

Enjoyed this quick, yet relatively aggressive ascent. Plenty to keep you engaged, as there are a lot of loose gravel and various splits. The second half is fairly mundane, walking back down the old dirt road.

So so fun. Beautiful views, not too hard, and even ran into a desert tortoise in the middle of the trail. Will definitely be doing this again with my pup :)

Fun trail, great views. It sprinkled cold rain on us which was a bonus (did this trail a week ago). Only thing confusing was the lack of clear signs for all of the paths but the All Trails App came through!

hiking
bugs
rocky
3 days ago

Great trail. I thought this was on the harder side of moderate. Light traffic. I went clockwise and only passed a few hikers going counter clockwise. There was never anyone behind me the whole way. Definitely bring lots of water. It’s hot out even in the early morn. I started at 8am.

My favorite of all the Phoenix Mountain Preserve trails. The climb to the peak at the beginning sets the tone for the Freedom Loop. Not many people on the backside, making it more enjoyable than the peak.

mountain biking
no shade
3 days ago

This one was great. But it is good to note that you need to do this early in the summer months as it gets really hot and being lots and lots of water.

hiking
rocky
3 days ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

I really enjoyed the slight elevation mixed in with flat areas. This was a pretty busy trail with both hikers and bikers. Good workout.

Perfect hike for a little exercise and some great views... kind of rocky but not bad. And to the guy in the Jeep that gave us directions and then an orange in the parking lot to top it off, thank you kindly!!

Awesome trail, hiked it this morning with my two boys, age 10 and 7. The gnats that are infesting Usery aren't here, which was amazing and made the hike so much more enjoyable!

Stunning view of the city when you are on your way back! Only downfall, a little buggier than normal and some horse poo. Great easy trail otherwise!

mountain biking
no shade
rocky
4 days ago

The western arm of the Apache Wash trail is nice and level and mostly soft dirt and sand. The eastern side is quite rocky and more technical for inexperienced riders. Keep that I mind if you commit to the route. There are typically a lot of people at this location so you will need to keep your eyes out for opposing riders and hikers. It’s not my favorite location to ride, but if you’re alone at least you’ll have help close by because of the number of people on the trails in the area.

hiking
no shade
rocky
4 days ago

hiking
no shade
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