Explore the most popular trails near Yuma 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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21 days ago

I’ve done this hike several times and plan to do it on the regular during my winter return. The gravel/rock path to the base of the pass can be tricky in that about 10 min in you need to take a left off the trail up a rock side when it seems like going straight is the answer. Going straight gets you no where. Approx 20 min to Pass base and where the elevation gain truly gets started. Pace yourself. View from the top is lovely. Have done both sunrise and sunset hikes that were beautiful!

Fun trail, very rocky! Wear good shoes. The path up the mountain is more of a steep climb and a little strenuous but exciting! It was a good workout.

Trail is very beautiful hike, rather easy until you get to paved part at the end!!! It’s very steep and hard climbing

Did it twice and it was a gut Check ( challenge) but everyone was very friendly & encouraging along the journey.

I’ve done this trail quite a few times since moving here. I’m looking forward to the 1st annual duathlon there in November. 5 mile bike then 5 mile mountain run

Excellent...unique opportunity to see diverse wildlife (fish, mammal, bird) in desert environment. Great job by Yuma to bring this area back to life!

Great trail, quite a challenge one you pass the hat and hit the paved trail up. Take your time.

Beautiful view! Love the challenge of this hike.

5 months ago

Helluva walk! Be sure to sign the trail log & follow the instructions from the Phantom Hiker!
Bring a bag and help pick up some of the trash on your way down - please and thank you!

This was a good walk. We waited until 10:30am to get started. For This time of year it was a little too hot already. I would recommend earlier in the morning. Most of the trail is in the direct sun. There is only shady areas at the beginning.

I did an early morning hike and was rewarded with a great sunrise at the top, as for the rating, this should be rated a hard hike once you pass the gate at the bottom of the hill, it is quite steep and long.

Good hike in cool weather. Starts out easy and gets hard once you reach the paved road going up the mountain. The view is worth it.

7 months ago

Easy trail and easy to navigate, great views

Nice walk, great for dogs and the trail is paved in a lot of places

Totally worth the sore legs if you make it to the very top!

this trail is a nice hike in the beginning with beautiful scenary. once you hit the pavement road it gets really steep and tough

This is a fairly difficult trail with rocks and hills. I didn’t make it to the top-legs were trembly after climbing rocks. Will plan better next try.

Decent hike for Yuma

Who rated this trail as MODERATE? I’m a a regular hiker who likes climbing and I found this hill challenging. And I also find myself being called back....

8 months ago

This was a great workout. I would definitely label it as a hard hike though. This is not for people who are out of shape. The grade up the mountain is quite steep and pretty long. Beautiful views at the top. The only thing I didn't like was that the road was paved. It kind of takes away from the hiking experience. But it is an access road as well as a "hiking trail" so I understand why.

8 months ago

This is a great trail for hiking although I cannot understand how people who bring their dogs along are too lazy or inconsiderate to clean up dog shit. You really have to watch where your are stepping. This selfish act by others really ruins the hike for other people.

it's a great place to scoop trash out of the water......half a dozen dirty diapers in the fire ring right next to the water. you're better off walking the road around the lake

off road driving
9 months ago

the trail is fun to do. Light traffic and spectacular views of the valley. A lot of cross roads and narrow passages on top of the mountains. A few 12" boulders seens but for the most part it was a easy-moderate offroad trail to travel. We had a 4drs Jeep with a 3" lift.

Good local trail! The paved path gets pretty steep. Great place to watch the sunrise or sunset.

** NOT TRULY A HIKE - MORE LIKE A QUICK WALK** Short little trail, won't take you too long. Centers around Mittry lake. Good spot for fishing and bird watching. Surrounded by palm trees. Constantly saw large cat prints on trail - likely mountain lion. Not considered a hike, more like a "quick walk".

Long desert road - make sure to have plenty of gas before getting on. Watch out for desert donkeys at night. Passes through US Army YPG range. Overall a beautiful, long drive through the heart of the Kofa Desert.

Some good hiking spots here - both can be accesed by taking U.S. Highway 95 approximately 63 miles north of Yuma or 18 miles south of Quartzsite, watch for the Palm Canyon/Queen Kofa sign, which indicates the junction with a dirt road.

1) Queen Kofa Canyon (take route to Palm Canyon) - once on road to Palm Canyon, road will split into two sections with signs. Make a left you will hit Queen Kofa, make a right (or go straight) and you will hit Palm Canyon. Both can be done on the same day. Queen Kofa is moderate, however there are steep rocks along the canyon that you can climb for the extra challenge. Overall one of my favorites, you are surrounded by towering canyon walls and the path takes you through the center valley of the canyon. Can park just in front of the entrance.

2) Palm Canyon - another great hike - very short and easy but background and canyon is very beautiful - 30 -45 min max. Only native palms in AZ are located here. Recommend getting to Palm Canyon early in the morning and then doing Queen Kofa in afternoon.

Friday morning. Arrived at 8:30. More people coming down than going up at that time. This was my first time on the trail and my wife's second. Very steep toward the summit by the microwave towers. The views at the top were well worth the effort. We will definitely do this one again.

10 months ago

the walk to the trail is easy and the trail is easy to moderate. there was great weather and desert views.

My first trail in my area! So excited to get out and about in Yuma. Definitely has some super steep trails. Learned to zig zag the trail or walk backwards to change up my muscles on the steepest part of the mountain climb. Thanks to the wonderful people on the trail. Especially for the encouragement! So appreciated

Good challenge for first timers! Decent altitude climb, particularly in later stages.

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