1. Shaw Butte at North Mountain
Address: 12898 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85022
Length: 1.5 - 3.5 Miles
Shaw Butte is a loop trail with a steep peak up to cell towers and antennas. It is about 1 mile to the peak and 3.5 miles if you hike the entire loop. The initial hike to the peak is steep but smooth. The trail to the peak is a service road which ends at the cell towers and turns into the standard rocky dirty trail for the remainder of the loop route.
I love this hike because its a great workout to climb to the towers, but the smoothness of the trail makes it easy on your joints. The trail can get somewhat crowded in the first part of the climb. Most people turn back around at the towers, so if you go the loop route you will eventually get the trail all to yourself.
Watch out for snakes on this trail if you are going the loop route!
4. Bursera, Gila, National, and Pyramid Trail Loop at South Mountain
Address: 15200-15498 S 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85045
Difficulty: Moderate-Hard (Due to distance)
Length: 11 Miles
This hike is super long but great for building your endurance and stamina. My boyfriend and I hiked this to prepare for our trip to Havasupi Falls which I will have to tell you about in another post (Havasupi was AWESOME). This trail is nice because there is basically no people on it and you hike through a pretty desert mountain landscape. Part of the trail is also the Arizona National Scenic Trail that goes all the way through Arizona. Maybe you will catch a traveler on their journey from Northern Arizona!
I recommend bringing not only a ton of water but also a snack. There are a lot of changes in elevation and the journey is 11 miles which equates to a lot of calorie burn. You might get a little hungry / fatigued on this hike.
5. Phoenix Mountain Preserve - 40th St. Trail-head
Address: 9200 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85028
Length: 3 Miles
This trail is part of the same park as Piestewa Peak. It is the perfect loop trail for running. I usually wear a weighted vest on this hike and do a "quick lap" around the trail. Its great for dogs and children too.
6. Sunrise Trail at McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Address: 12101 N 145th Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85259
Length: 5 Miles
Sunrise Trail is a moderate hike that is near Fountain Hills, Arizona. I really like this hike because there are barely any people on it, so it feels like you have the mountain to yourself. It is in the McDowell Mountain area, so the scenery is beautiful.
9. Brown's Ranch Trail at Pinnacle Peak Park
Address: 30301 N Alma School Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85262
Length: 3.5 Miles
Brown's Ranch is what I would call a "relaxing" hike. It's an easy flat hike in northern Phoenix with scenic views and a lot of wildlife. At the end of the trail is a small peak you can climb. Brown's trail is also great for horseback riding and mountain biking.
10. Echo Canyon Trail at Camelback Mountain
Address: 4925 E McDonald Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Length: 2.5 Miles
8. Arrowhead Point Loop at Thunderbird Conservation Park
Address: N 61st Dr, Glendale, AZ 85310
Length: 2.5 Miles
When I first moved to Phoenix my roommate and I would trail run on the Arrowhead Point Loop. Most of the path is fairly smooth which makes it good for running. There is a peak you can climb but it's not strenuous. This trail has good parking available and it is not very crowded (unless you go on a Saturday morning).
Last but not least, Camelback Mountain. Camelback Mountain is a moderate to difficult hike. It consist of two hiking trails; Echo Canyon and Cholla. Echo Canyon is the easier of the two hikes. Cholla is shorter but much steeper with a difficult terrain. Echo Canyon is do-able for your average hiker but still on the more difficult end. When you get to the peak you will have a nice view of Scottsdale and the City of Phoenix. Keep in mind this is one of the most popular hiking trails in Phoenix, so there will be a lot of people there. You likely will have to park on the street in a nearby neighborhood and walk to the trailhead.
I hope you find time to check out one of these trails when you are in Phoenix. Let me know how you like them!
And remember to keep our parks clean. 😃
What to read next...
Top 17 Camping Essentials For Your Next Camping Trip
California Dreamin' of Palm Springs
10 Things to Do in Southwest Montana
10 Must-See Bars in Phoenix
Hello! I am Julianne. I was born and raised in the Midwest but now reside in the Southwest. I am very passionate about well-being and nature. I enjoy travelling and creating on my free time. I hope you learned something new from my blog. Thank you for reading!
The posts and information on this site are not intended to provide any professional medical advice. You should always consult with a doctor/medical professional before implementing any changes to your diet, medication, lifestyle, exercise regimen, supplement regimen, or health practices. Please only implement any and all changes after consulting with your doctor/medical professional and assessing your own risk. Read more about the site disclosures here...
Copyright © 2020