Best trails in Phoenix, Arizona

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Looking for a great trail near Phoenix, Arizona? AllTrails has 233 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Phoenix Mountain Preserve or Desert Foothills Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Phoenix Mountain Preserve or Echo Canyon Recreation Area. Ready for some activity? There are 181 moderate trails in Phoenix ranging from 0.9 to 16.7 miles and from 1,115 to 3,192 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Phoenix, Arizona
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#1 - Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300
Phoenix Mountain Preserve
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 40 m
Hikers, walkers, sightseers and runners alike flock to this prominent peak like moths to a flame, drawn here in part because of it proximity to the city of Phoenix. Despite the crowds this mountain can still be a lot of fun, offering a short but taxing climb and many great views along the short route.Show more
#2 - Hidden Valley Trail Via Mormon Trail
South Mountain Preserve
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 59 m
There are many trails in this area that are worthy of more hiking. The Hidden Valley loop offers interesting tunnels, dry waterfalls, and a squeeze through Fat Man's pass. While it might be tempting, it is not recommended to hike off trail in this area as it is very difficult to make any progress and easy to lose sight of the trail. Given the close proximity with Phoenix, you should be ready to share this trail with many others, especially on nice winter weekends. Bring your camera as there are many opportunities for great photos. Show more
#3 - Holbert Trail to Dobbins Lookout
South Mountain Preserve
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
Note: As of November 22, 2020 users have reported that the Dobbins Lookout is CLOSED. Start out at the main entrance to South Mountain and make a left past the vistor's center. Go to the end of the road to the beginning of Holbert Trail. Get to the top and make a right to Dobbins Lookout. This trail is challenging at first. Inclines will definitely get your heart beat going. It is worth it get to the Lookout point. Good views of the city and the television tower on top of the mountain.Show more
#4 - Mormon Loop to National Trail Loop
South Mountain Preserve
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 41 m
#5 - Telegraph Pass Trail
South Mountain Preserve
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
Easily accessible, short, in-town hike. Popular for joggers and dog-walkers. Short enough to be great for kids, but still offers rewarding views of metro Phoenix. There are bathrooms and water located at the trailhead. The first mile of this trail is a textured concrete surface for easy walking. The trail then splits off to continue on to Telegraph Pass, or on to The Desert Classic Trail. The remaining one mile of Telegraph Pass Trail ends at the Summit Road, and offers quick access to the National Trail and the Kiwanis Trail within the park upon reaching the roadway. The Desert Classic Trail continues on for about 9 miles through the foothills on the south side of South Mountain and terminates at the south ramada area in Pima Canyon. Some Hohokam petroglyphs can be seen along this trail.Show more
#6 - Freedom Trail (#302)
Phoenix Mountain Preserve
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
#7 - Acer Summit Via Mormon Trail
South Mountain Preserve
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
Take Mormon Trail to the highest nearby point accessible by trail. Acer Summit takes it's name from the Latin word meaning sharp and strong and gives a nice sense of achievement with gorgeous views.Show more
#8 - Piestewa Peak and Freedom Loop Trail
Phoenix Mountain Preserve
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 59 m
Many hikers head for the hills in search of solitude, but if you're planning to hike to the summit of Piestewa Peak you'd do better to bring with you your community spirit - this is a very busy trail. Hikers, walkers, sightseers and runners alike flock to this prominent peak like moths to a flame, drawn here in part because of it proximity to the city of Phoenix. Despite the crowds this mountain can still be a lot of fun, especially when you extend your adventure along the much less travelled Circumference Trail which traces a flanking route around the mountain. Parking is a challenge, as is understanding the parking restrictions that prevail. Please note the entrance to the parking lot closes at 7pm. The Park does not close until 11pm. Show more
#9 - Javelina Canyon and Ridgeline Loop Trail
South Mountain Preserve
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 45 m
#10 - Dreamy Draw Loop Trail
Phoenix Mountain Preserve
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 54 m
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