Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

A tuff hike, make sure you are mentally and physically prepared for it.

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
11 hours ago

Would be brutal in full sun but a great hike inbetween monsoons!

Not for the faint hearted... the mountain teaches me something every time ... the view at the top is like no other in Arizona

Super hard, but is well worth it!!!

Awesome view to finish with!

Had a great time! Got there at 6am. Perfect time.

This is a pretty hard hike as it’s a very steep uphill that requires some bouldering. They have added the railing to assist but it’s still a challenge. Amazing views and a great workout though. Definitely go early in the day!

This was an early morning hike, just after a summer monsoon rain. Great way to start the day.

hiking
9 days ago

My favorite hike so far. Very moderate steep incline for a while but after you get passed that it is easy. The views from the top are the best in Phoenix in my opinion. Very pretty, worth the hike for sure.

Pretty hard hike in my opinion. Lots of climbing up rocks and using all limbs. Some slippery rock there too. Make sure to go early as it gets very hot.

First hike in Phoenix area. Short but strenuous. Started 500am, so heat not an issue.
Nice view of the city.
It’s a good workout. Would do it again for exercise.

Great and challenging hike. I wouldn’t do it in the peak (no pun intended) of summer because it gets hot on this trail and there’s no shade even in the colder months. Bring lots of water! It’s hard but doable. Rock scrambles towards the summit. I wore handgrip gloves and it helped significantly!

hiking
13 days ago

Current alltrails map for the trailhead is wrong. Correct location to start of trail is at 28777 N Pima Rd, Intersection of Pima and Dynamite, Scottsdale, AZ 85266-9008.
Trail is pretty much all flat. Great for mountain bikers but not so much for hikers. The whole trail is underneath a powerline, not a scenic view which is why I gave it such a low rating. Went 3 miles and then turned around as it seemed to keep following the power lines in a straight line.

What a beautiful trail. Met a an amazing woman who is a regular on the trail and was climbing it for her 75th birthday! took about 2 hours to the top and back.

hiking
17 days ago

Good hike. Was pretty flat in the very beginning leading up to the incline then it gets pretty steep as the trail progresses. Cool view at the top of the 3,848 foot mountain including Scottsdale Airport and the greater Phoenix valley area (downtown and Camelback Mountain) to the southwest and the greater desert area to the north and northeast.

This is a good trail to do as soon as the preserve is open. You can hike up to the pass before the sun rises over the top. I was half way back when the sun hit me. It's a good workout with nice views on the pass.

Beautiful hike! Very difficult though, would suggest closed toe shoes I ventured in Chacos sandals and with the climb down I scraped my feet up a little. Also I would suggest the earlier in the day the better because there is little shade and if you are not used to AZ the sun is brutal! Some of the trail is a climb and they have metal railing to help you but with the heat it’s almost better to move along without it because it is very hot to hold on to. Views there spectacular but know your limitations! This is marked hard for a reason.

Super tough yet equally rewarding hike!

This is an exciting rock scramble pretty much in the city. You get plenty of nice views, a great work out, and memories.

Great for all levels of hikers. For the less experienced be sure to bring LOTS of water and take breaks when you need to.

Word of advice for all when heading back down the mountain: don’t hike, fall with style!

mountain biking
1 month ago

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

Absolutely LOVED this! I will admit this trail is marked extremely hard for a reason. I am not an experienced hiker but I had a blast climbing up the rocks! Bottom part was honestly the hardest for me cardio-wise since it was basically incline walking. After the first couple sets of stairs and rock climbs it does get a bit easier to climb but be aware it it’s pretty much straight rock climbing to the very top. View was totally worth it! My body will be sore for a few days but I would love to do it again!!

hiking
1 month ago

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
1 month ago

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

First hike I did in Arizona. The views were absolutely amazing. A difficult trail, but that was my first time hiking all year, so if I can do it (and little kids can) anyone can!

It is amazing. Gotta do it. But it is rough.

hiking
1 month 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.

If you only hike one trail in Scottsdale it’s got to be this one! This is a challenging rock scramble that rewards you with a beautiful view of the surrounding city at the top. It Can be especially challenging in high heat but during the winter and early spring this trail is still busy and much easier. Be prepared for a down climb that feels more like falling with style.

BE WARNED, 19/M/220lbs, Your average weight lifter. Hasn't hiked since 15.
1.I put myself in a really bad spot on this hike, i started at 5pm(my first mistake), I didn't bring enough water(2nd mistake), and i summited it to try and impress this beautiful girl(3rd mistake).
2. Made it to the top through great effort, didn't realize that the sun was going down, didn't have a flashlight, was delirious from lack of water/heat/exhaustion.
HOWEVER; this hike has reignited my passion for the outdoors and the mountains, ill be returning on the 8th, with gear......

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