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

hiking
3 days ago

This is a great beginner hike to get in shape.

Classic Arizona hike that all should do at least once. Well marked, great valley views and a good workout. We completed in less than 2 hours and that’s including breaks to admire the view. Go in the morning, when at least part of the trails are still in some morning shade.

hiking
13 days ago

Great views! Nicely groomed trail. Saw lots of lizards.

hiking
23 days ago

This is a nice beginner trail, and trail to take children to - it has placards along the way that identify plantlife. Pick up a brochure at the entrance so that you can read what each placard references - you'll learn about packrats, for example.
And as much as I enjoyed this trail, it's not one to hike if you're looking for an exertion.
I like that there were only few other hikers. Parking was easy - it's a large, large parking lot.

hiking
23 days ago

I've heard people in my hiking group argue that this isn't a real hike, which I think is ridiculous. Their argument is that because this trail has a lot of placards along the way, identifying plants, it's more of a walk. I disagree - if you complete this trail to the end, there is absolutely some decent cardio. And, although there is no need to climb rocks, this is a trail that still requires grippy shoes because the texture of the trail is small gravel and loose dirt.
Views are nice, however all are of surrounding neighborhoods - you're not in a remote location, where you'll see minimal signs of life.
I like this trail because it enables me to maintain a decent cardio pace. It goes up, down, up, down. Then you return. This is why it's one of my fav hikes, and I go fairly regularly - it enables me to maintain a decent cardio.
This trail is well maintained with a staffed station at the entry, complete with bathrooms.
There are a lot of parking spaces, and typically I am able to easily park near the trailhead.

Nice hike, easy and quiet.

I like this moderate trail, it's a loop and it takes me about two hours to complete it. sometimes it can be little crowded tho, specially on Sundays.

My wife and I first hiked this trail 5 years ago and go back every year. It is very pretty, quiet and a bit creepy/eerie. I am not sure how to explain the eeriness - you will just need to hike it to find out!! Short hike an easy climb.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail that's basically flat. Nice trail if you just want to get in a quick hike and still have that feeling of being on a trail. Got a late start and this shares the trail with Gateway Loop so it was a little crowded initially with lots of loud chatter. However, once the trail split, I only encountered 4 other people and a dog along the way and was able to enjoy the birds chattering instead. :) I've done a few trails in the preserve and I think this preserve might be my favorite. There's a little something for everyone.

Quiet and relaxing.

Beautiful mountainous hike up a steep slope.

hiking
1 month ago

Rocky desert trail gives you good exercise

I hiked This trail today with my 61 year old father, 13 year old daughter and 10 year old son.
We absolutely loved it! I would suggest wearing sunscreen and a hat. Bring more water than you think you’ll need

trail running
1 month ago

Fun trail to run! Some good climbs in the beginning middle and end. Amazing to do first thing at sunrise.

Cool thank you

Fun trail to hike or run! Beautiful views in all directions. Lots of elevation changes to keep your heart pumping. Gorgeous desert vegetation and landscapes and lots of reptiles if you look closely.

hiking
2 months ago

beautiful hike, great for families. Bring water!!

hiking
2 months ago

Hello fellow hikers, I hiked this peak on a cloudy day of mid June’18 with tiny drizzle. Its a beautiful hike through the ascend and descends of two peaks. I could spot name plates of well maintained biology. I must say, the Authority folks are doing their job very well. Its a easy hike and not a loop.
P.S - carry the water cans placed at entrance for pick up and drop at designated spots if you can, that shall help water and nourish the biology en route the trail.
Happy hiking and good health!

hiking
2 months ago

This is an amazing trail... it’s a great workout and definitely a substitute for interval training.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Smooth and flowy desert ride. I did it counter clockwise and would probably do it clockwise the next time I go...

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike! It goes up and down twice, so basically hiking two mountains simultaneously as both are connected from east to west. The end and beginning of the end was definitely the most strenuous part, but definitely one that can be accomplished in 2 hours from start to finish. Moderate level hike.

hiking
2 months ago

No real hiking paths. We ended up just walking around and exploring. It was nice area but prob wouldn’t go back.

hiking
2 months ago

Good, worthwhile jaunt if you’re a Valley resident. If you’re a visitor there are better ones to do.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike beautiful scenery, moderate trail condition

Pretty easy Terrain. Good for all ages. Some harder elevation at the end but you finish on a mile of decline.

Great trail. Mostly flat. Great for all ages.

hiking
2 months ago

Always a good hike.

Nice, moderate level hiking trail with great views. Small ups and downs- nothing too strenuous. Nice to have the nature signs along the way to learn about the environment. Well maintained and Less traveled on the Sunday morning we went.

Great HIKING

hiking
3 months ago

Could not complete today it’s beautiful!!! Too many people today few were rude But overall beautiful Yes a lot of steep but nice path. There are couple rest area in the trail I definitely will come back to complete

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