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Best trails in Scottsdale

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Looking for a great trail near Scottsdale, Arizona? AllTrails has 89 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 Lost Dutchman State 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 47 moderate trails in Scottsdale ranging from 1.9 to 51.2 miles and from 1,686 to 4,839 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 Scottsdale
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#1 - Camelback Mountain via Echo Canyon Trail
Echo Canyon Recreation Area
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h
Please note parking is currently limited at the trailhead. If the parking lot is full you can park at the JW Marriott for a few hours which is a half hour walk to the trail head. Camelback Mountain is one of the most popular hiking and rock climbing destinations in Phoenix, Arizona and offers spectacular views of the Phoenix metropolitan area. The mountain is located in the Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Recreation Area northwest of Scottsdale and between the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix and the town of Paradise Valley. The mountain was previously a Native American reservation and has special historical significance. The summit can be reached via two hiking trails: the Echo Canyon Trail or the Cholla Trail - both trails are strenuous and subject to extreme heat. Make sure to bring plenty of water as numerous people have died of heat stroke. The last half mile of the trail involves a rock scramble so proper footwear is key. Traffic is extremely heavy during the winter season on the Echo Canyon route so consider the Cholla Trail or other hiking trails in the Phoenix area. Visiting climbers might also be interested in The Praying Monk, a 100 foot rock formation resembling a monk who is praying.Show more
#2 - Tom's Thumb Trail
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
Tom's Thumb Trail is a short switchback trail from Tom's Thumb trailhead up to Tom's Thumb spur at the intersection of the Windgate Trail. Hikers are treated to gorgeous views of the southern Mcdowell Mountains and urban Phoenix. The trail is managed by Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. There is no water at the trailhead so bring plenty of liquid to stay hydrated.Show more
#3 - Gateway Loop Trail
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
#4 - Lost Dog Wash Trail to Ringtail Trail Loop
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 7 m
From the end of the road the trail is an old jeep trail that climbs steadily to the north. After a half a mile the trail turns west and crosses a couple of washes before turning north again. It then climbs a low ridge with good views of the Valley. After cresting the ridge, the trail drops down the west side and heads toward Lost Dog Wash. When you get to the wash there is a T-intersection. Take the right fork and head north toward Talliesin Ridge. The trail climbs in and out of a series of small washes as it continue to climb toward the ridge. The trail is well maintained and the climbs are hardly strenuous. There is an overlook at the top of Talliesin Ridge and there are great views of Camelback, Squaw Peak and Pinnacle Peak. Show more
#5 - Inspiration Point
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 3 h 2 m
#6 - Marcus Landslide Trail
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h
Marcus Landslide Trail is an interpretive trail with signs along the way describing the geological forces that led to a landslide about 500,000 years ago. This trail is fairly easy for the most part except for the final loop section which climbs up. There are many boulders and interesting rock formations along the way. The interpretive signs give information about the landslide, how it was believed to be caused, and the resulting landscape. The trail also gives nice views of the surrounding area, including Four Peaks, Mount McDowell, Weaver's Needle. The trail is well-maintained.Show more
#7 - Lost Dog Wash Trail to Sunrise Peak via Sunrise Trail
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 3 h 14 m
This is an out and back hike that approaches Sunrise Peak in the McDowell-Sonoran Preserve from the west via the Sunrise Peak trail which begins at the Lost Dog Wash trailhead. It's a quiet, comfortable, gradual climb through prime Sonoran Desert before taking a steep spur trail on the last 0.2 mile to the top of Sunrise Peak. The summit affords amazing 360-degree views of metro Phoenix, the Superstition Mountains and Four Peaks Wilderness. Show more
#8 - Granite Mountain Loop
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
#9 - Gateway to Bell Pass
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 4 h 7 m
#10 - Gateway, Bell Pass, and Windgate Loop Trail
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 5 h 13 m
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