Explore the most popular mountain biking 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

beautiful hike, great for families. Bring water!!

mountain biking
6 days ago

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

First time walking this trail and I loved it. A leg workout for sure, first part is a little tough but gets easier up top. This is a huge hiking area so I did not have too much time to explore side trails as much I would love too. Definitely returning and exploring more. Highly recommend this trail! Bring plenty of water! I was almost out walking down the hill.

Took us 1 hour up, 50 minutes down. The trail is easy to follow. This is a leg workout! Great views at the top and along the way. We started the trail at 6 am and the temperature was perfect. You do get some shade in the middle of the hike too, at the hour we went.

hiking
10 days ago

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

hiking
13 days ago

Nice hike beautiful scenery, moderate trail condition

hiking
14 days ago

First of all, I’d definitely recommend doing the hike. Very clearly marked. Well maintained. Beautiful view — I did mine at sunset and it was amazing.

My watch registered this hike at just a shy under 5 miles. And, it was a tad harder than I had anticipated it would be.

The first .25 miles are nothing but a walk through the desert. The next .75-1 mile was essentially straight incline - you think you’re done a bunch of times. Tons of switch backs. Very little relief. The last .75 was a mixture of ups and downs but since you can see your destination it’s not bad at all.

I’d strongly suggest not going in the heat of the sun.

Beautiful hike and very well marked and maintained trail

Very scenic; starts out with a lot of uphill then gets easier. No bug issues May 24

hiking
27 days 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.

14 miles, not 11.5. I suggest bringing extra water. I used a 2.5L bladder and also had 2 large bottles in my backpack. I had JUST enough water. There is no shade so make sure to have plenty of sunscreen.

My favorite place to hike. Well maintained trails, beautiful views, and you get a great workout too. Can't beat it definitely 5 star material

1 month ago

Great trail. Too many black flies in May

Great hike go early it gets hot!!

Good 10.5 mile loop if you mix in the Wingate Pass and East End Trails.

We clocked 14.2 miles on this hike with a detour to Tom’s Thumb. Not really sure why we had so much more mileage, though I saw someone else got 14 miles as well. Bring a LOT of water, I had over 3L and ran out. It was warm when we did it, started at 82F and ended at 105F, and we ran out of water at around when we thought we would be ending, mile 11.5. Start early, wear sun protection. Don’t take this hike lightly.

The Thumb was actually really cool to see! The approach at the beginning was a little steep, but overall not too hard. Great hike!

We hiked Brown’s Ranch > Whiskey Barrel Trail (about a 4 mile loop) because GPS brought us to that trailhead instead. Superb facilities at the trailhead, with helpful employees, maps, restrooms, etc. Gorgeous views and an easy trail to walk, but very hot and little shade - bring twice as much water as you’d usually bring. Loved this loop!

hiking
1 month ago

Lookout points along the trail provided a scenic opportunity to take pictures and rest. The trail was harder than expected. Lots of steep uphill areas. We did not finish and turned around half way through (which we anticipated based on other reviews). However, it was a beautiful view and we are glad to have done it (even if we didn’t finish).

Nice trail with views.

Fantastic hike but very little shade on your way up. Not overly challenging but a fantastic view at the top!

Very busy on weekends. Excellent facilities at base. Well marked. Great trail for tourists.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolute gorgeous hikes with incredible views around every corner! Got to go back this morning for a sunrise hike and it was magical to watch the light as it painted the hills around every corner. And well worth the super early rising to avoid the direct sun exposure as we snaked up the switchbacks too. This hike was so beautiful, and the geological structures so immense it makes you feel like an ant in the grand creation. Definitely a new favorite place on this planet.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with well maintained trails and scenic views. Agree with moderate rating. Heart rate didn’t get up super high but we did run some of it to make it more of a workout. Great nook in the “thumb” at summit to take water and snack with shade. Many switchbacks make the elevation change much less challenging than camelback hike.

beautiful trail for a run. not hard and can easily be done in an hour to 1.5 hours

This trail goes all the way up. It's a long, gradual climb to the top - somewhat challenging once you get up on the mountain, so we ran parts and hiked parts. The view from the top is totally worth it. 360-degree views of the entire valley and all its peaks! Running back down in the dark with headlamps was fun, and the terrain wasn't too challenging - felt totally safe/comfortable going at a good clip.

trail running
1 month ago

Absolutely love running this trail! Great workout. I go early at sunrise. Although the trail is marked as shorter it always clocks at 5.4-5.8 miles for me from the visitors center I think from zig zagging the terrain. Great views, and the cacti are blooming now

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is absolutely breathtaking and we will be back! Word to the wise - the park hours are serious they close at sunset - meaning a gate closes at the entrance to the park area and you may have to call to get out. We didn’t realize and had planned to do a sunset hike thinking we could stay after sunset while it was still light so it was a very quick stop but the sunset was sooooooo beautiful I would highly recommend timing your hike so you’re walking out right at sunset. Gorgeous area, wildflowers, a sweet bunny, we will definitely be back.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorites!

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