Explore the most popular 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.




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5 hours ago

I love this trail. This trail has lots plants and bushes which makes it dense.

15 hours ago

Nice hike but very busy. Beautiful views. Easy to moderate hike.

15 hours ago

A great workout with beautiful views all along the way. This is a gravel trail with good inclines so you can definitely break in your trekking poles. Reaching Tom’s Thumb felt very accomplishing and was well worth the hike. Very friendly people on the trail. Bring plenty of water. I will hike this again!

Very rocky , Besides that its a good hike

Always a tough hike but rewarding at the top

Expected it to be a little harder than it was but great views nonetheless. Would definitely would reccomend a sunrise start!

A nice trail for a morning hike. Lots of traffic - hikers, runners and cyclists - but all were super chill.

Took much longer than expected with my seven- and nine-year old kids. But totally doable as a family.

Wow, this has to be the prettiest trail in the Phoenix area. The rocks are amazing! But wow, what a climb! Kicked my butt! 4.2 miles took me 3 hours. 2 hours up, 20 minute rest on top and 40 minutes down. But what breathtaking views!

Great workout trail but not my favorite for views. If you want more moderate uphill take it clockwise steeper grade counterclockwise. will probably do trail again in spring as i think there will be a lot of desert blooms to see then. Travel safe.

Great hike. Harder and more challenging than anticipated but well worth it. I recommend a backpack for water so you can use both hands to climb up the harder parts.

2 days ago

Easy/moderate depending on the person - Very narrow trail with many rocks on and around the path for the most part; watch your step! I enjoy this one a lot due to the views and that it's easily accessible.

Make sure you add a rock to the big rock pile once you get to the top!

We loved this trail. Did it with a 3 and 6 year old. Some of the downhill was hard for the kids, make sure you have non-slip shoes!

Easy trail with good views of Four Peaks.

Decided to give it a shot in the mid-afternoon instead of super early in the AM. Got a nice parking space and didn't have to twiddle my thumbs behind slowpokes or get trampled by speed demons. I think I passed about 10 people and was passed by about 10 people. Guess that makes me pretty average.

4 days ago

This trail did not disappoint! I am in decent shape and huffed and puffed up this sucker...lots of stops to enjoy the scenery” aka catch my breath, but the views going up and at the top are 100% worth it! I chose this over Camelback for a Sunday afternoon and it could not have been more perfect! Highly recommended!

Tougher at start but lightens up. Views are wonderful!

Hard but worth the effort!

Such a rewarding hike!

it was a great hike..make sure you don't leave the trail..beware of jumping cacti

6 days ago

The trail is well marked which was super helpful! The trail is rocky but after looking at the reviews prior to going I anticipated this. Good hiking boots and plenty of water are essential. I absolutely LOVED this hike and will most definitely be back to experience more of this natures wonder!

This was the most difficult trail I have ever hiked. I can say I've achieved to the top and would never hike it again. Check mark it off my to do list. done ! I fell on my butt 2x going down. very easy to get lost. no wonder people get rescued every year up on that mountain.

My favorite around PHX.

7 days ago

Great views. Starts out with incline but then levels out during second half of the ascent.

Very doable trail with beautiful views. You do not get to go to the peak ( can go with climbing gear) which was a little disappointing but overall very nice.

So much fun for a quick hike

We are so glad we practiced hiking in the South Mountain first before tackling this last week. It is for people like me who likes scrambling, clinging and finding my footing. My 13 year old son did it without much difficulty. There are false summit but keep pushing till you reached the top. I prefer this trail over cholla trail on the other side. There were families with small kids and they made it to the top, the parents just had to carry them in some points, all you need when hiking with small kids is PATIENCE, and water.

It’s easy if you are used to hiking, you will still break a sweat but it didn’t justify the amount of food we ate after


First time hiking in Arizona and this trail was beyond my expectations!

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