Take a Hike! 10 Great Hiking Trails Around Phoenix

While most of us are digging out from all manner of unbearable winter storms, there are still some spots where you can engage in warm weather activities. For many, warm weather and winter unusually mean a trip to the desert. And with the biggest football game of the year kicking off in Arizona on February 12, we thought it might be fun to provide a list of activities for visitors looking to enjoy nature, exercise, and some truly memorable hiking trails. 


Phoenix may be known for its desert climate and urban sprawl, but it also offers a wide range of stunning natural landscapes and hiking trails that cater to all ages and fitness levels. From the lush foliage of the Sonoran Desert to the towering peaks of the Phoenix Mountains, there's something for every type of hiker to enjoy. So why wait? Let's hit the trails and take in all the beauty that Phoenix has to offer!


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Best Trails to Explore in the Phoenix Area

Each of these trails offers stunning beauty and great exercise, but remember to consider your surroundings. Be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and snacks, and always wear sturdy shoes for the rocky terrains. 


1. Camelback Mountain

Location: Phoenix

Difficulty: Intermediate

Total Distance: 2.5 miles (summit), 1.5 miles (Cholla Trail)

Sites of Interest: Summit provides panoramic views of Phoenix


Camelback Mountain, located in the heart of Phoenix, is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. The steep, rocky trail to the summit is a challenging but rewarding hike featuring beautiful desert flora and fauna. The Cholla Trail is a shorter, less strenuous option that still offers great views of the valley. Both trails are dog-friendly, so be sure to bring water and treats for your pup!

2. Piestewa Peak Summit Trail

Location: Phoenix

Difficulty: Intermediate

Total Distance: 2.2 miles

Sites of Interest: Summit offers 360-degree views of the valley


Piestewa Peak, formerly known as Squaw Peak, is another iconic Phoenix mountain that offers great views of the city. The Summit Trail is a popular option for its moderate difficulty and stunning views from the top. The trail is dog-friendly, but be sure to bring plenty of water for you and your pup, as there is little shade. Some dogs might be best left at home for this scorcher of a trail. 

3. South Mountain Park/Preserve

Location: Phoenix

Difficulty: Easy to advanced

Total Distance: Varies

Sites of Interest: Natural rock formations, cactus gardens, desert wildlife


South Mountain Park/Preserve is the largest municipal park in the United States and offers a variety of hiking trails to suit different fitness levels. The park is home to natural rock formations, cactus gardens, and a wide range of desert wildlife. The trails range from easy to advanced, so there's something for everyone.

4. Lost Dutchman State Park

Location: Apache Junction

Difficulty: Easy to advanced

Total Distance: Varies

Sites of Interest: Sonoran Desert landscape, wildflowers, mountain vistas


Lost Dutchman State Park, located just east of Phoenix in Apache Junction, offers a range of hiking trails that showcase the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. The park is known for its wildflowers, mountain vistas, and diverse plant and animal life. The trails range from easy to advanced, but be sure to check a map beforehand, so you take the route best suited for your group.  

5. Tom's Thumb Trail

Location: Scottsdale

Difficulty: Intermediate

Total Distance: 4.5 miles

Sites of Interest: Panoramic views of the valley, rock formations


Tom's Thumb Trail is a moderate-difficulty hike located in the McDowell Mountain Preserve in Scottsdale, Arizona. The trail offers incredible panoramic views of the valley, as well as the opportunity to see unique rock formations. The trail is relatively rocky and steep in places, so it's important to wear sturdy shoes. The trail is popular with hikers, runners, and rock climbers and is also dog-friendly. The trailhead can be accessed from the Pima parking area, and several other trails in the area can be combined with Tom's Thumb for a longer hike.

6. White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Location: Waddell

Difficulty: Easy to advanced

Total Distance: Varies

Sites of Interest: Waterfall, rock formations, desert wildlife


White Tank Mountain Regional Park, located in Waddell, offers a variety of hiking trails that range from easy to advanced. The park is known for its stunning rock formations and desert wildlife, as well as a beautiful waterfall that can be reached via the Gila Trail. You’ll definitely want a camera handy to capture the scene. 

7. McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Location: Scottsdale

Difficulty: Easy to advanced

Total Distance: Varies

Sites of Interest: Desert flora and fauna, mountain vistas


The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a 30,000-acre natural area located in Scottsdale. There are vast mountain vistas that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding area. The preserve features a large network of trails that cater to hikers of all levels, ranging from easy, leisurely walks to more challenging, advanced hikes. No matter what your fitness level or interests, there's something for everyone here. The preserve is also home to a variety of wildlife, including rabbits, squirrels, snakes, lizards, and various bird species. It's a great place to get out and experience the beauty of the desert and enjoy all that nature has to offer.

8. Hawes Trail

Location: Mesa

Difficulty: Intermediate

Total Distance: 3.75 miles

Sites of Interest: Desert flora and fauna, mountain vistas


The Hawes Trail, located in Mesa's Usery Mountain Recreation Area, is a moderate-difficulty hike that offers beautiful desert scenery and mountain vistas. The trail is relatively flat, making it a great option for those who want to enjoy the scenery without too much of a workout. It is a popular trail for hikers, runners, and mountain bikers and is dog-friendly. 

9. Hieroglyphic Trail

Location: Gold Canyon

Difficulty: Easy

Total Distance: 1.5 miles

Sites of Interest: Petroglyphs, desert flora and fauna


The Hieroglyphic Trail, located in Gold Canyon, is a short and easy hike that offers a chance to see ancient petroglyphs and enjoy the beautiful desert scenery. The trail is relatively flat, making it a great option for those who want to take a leisurely stroll through the desert. Don’t be fooled, it’s still a very hot desert climate, so you will want to be plenty hydrated and bring sun protection.

10. Goldfield Mountains

Location: Apache Junction

Difficulty: Intermediate

Total Distance: Varies

Sites of Interest: Desert flora and fauna, mountain vistas


Located just east of Phoenix, the Goldfield Mountains offer a range of hiking trails that cater to hikers of all levels. From moderate trails that wind through the desert landscape, to more challenging paths that lead to towering mountain peaks, you’ll find plenty of variety here. The mountains are home to a diverse range of desert flora and fauna, including cacti, wildflowers, and a variety of animals such as rabbits, squirrels, and snakes. As you hike through the mountains, you may even catch a glimpse of some of the more elusive wildlife that calls the Goldfields home. 


Post-Hike Refreshments

Phoenix and its surrounding areas offer a wide range of beautiful hiking trails that cater to all fitness levels and interests. From the iconic Camelback Mountain to the stunning natural landscapes of the Goldfield Mountains, there's something for everyone to enjoy. So why wait? Get out there and take in all the beauty that nature has to offer! Remember to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and sturdy shoes, and have fun exploring. 


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