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Wild Burro Hiking Trail

★★★☆☆ Easy / Phoenix Area Enjoy a scenic stroll around Lake Pleasant’s intimate coves on the Wild Burro Hiking Trail. Hugging the shores of this bright blue, North Phoenix lake, this trail teems with wildflowers in Spring. Year round, it sparkles with enticing views of kayaks & sailboats frolicking on the water, and the possibility of a wild burro sighting.

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Wave Cave Hiking Trail

★★★★☆ Moderate / Phoenix Area Cowabunga! “Surf” a huge stone wave near the top of this Superstition Mountain. The short Wave Cave Hiking Trail leads to a gapping cavern, rimmed with an oversized wave-like formation.

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Holbert Hiking Trail to Dobbins Lookout

★★★☆☆ Moderate / Phoenix Area Hands down, the best views of the Phoenix skyline are from the top of the Holbert Hiking trail. Ascending South Mountain’s beautiful rocky slopes, this hike leads to Dobbins lookout. Here arched windows frame “Wizard of Oz” like views.

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Sidewinder Ridgeback Ocotillo Hiking Trail Loop

★★★☆☆ Moderate / Phoenix Area Nab a quick escape from Phoenix’s northern ‘burbs on these pretty desert trails! The combined Sidewinder, Ridgeback, Ocotillo Hiking Trail Loop crosses flat arroyos and Saguaro studded hills in the Sonoran Desert Preserve. At the highest point, 360° views stretch to Camelback Mountain, Crown King and Four Peaks. Hike early or late and you’ll likely see hot air…

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Vulture Peak Hiking Trail

★★★★☆ Moderate / Wickenburg Get spoiled with amazingly unspoiled views from Vulture Peak’s high saddle! Located less than an hour northwest of Phoenix, near Wickenburg, Vulture Peak Hiking Trail ascends to a narrow break in the jagged cliffs. Here, endless views of immaculate desert stretch to the horizon.

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Badger Springs Hiking Trail

★★★★☆ Easy / North of Phoenix: Have a blast exploring hieroglyphs and a trove of creekside boulders on this family friendly hike. Badger Springs Hiking Trail follows a short, sandy ravine to a bend in the Aqua Fria River. Here shimmering pools of water and an endless jumble of boulders are tons of fun to explore.

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Cave Creek Cave Hike

★★★☆☆ Easy  / Phoenix Area: Hey History Buffs, the unique Cave Creek Cave hike is taylor made for you! Tucked into private land along the banks of Cave Creek is the historically significant cave that both the creek and town were named for. Thankfully, Desert Foothills Land Trust has preserved this important site. And they conduct informative hikes six times a year.

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Pass Mountain Hiking Trail Loop

★★★☆☆ Moderate / Phoenix Area Choice views, varied terrain and a high traverse make the Pass Mountain Hiking Trail Loop a worthy day hike! Scrunched between the stunning Superstition & Mazatzal Ranges, this sweet 7.5-mile loop offers excellent views of each as it circles Usery Park’s main peak.

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10 Best Hikes to Experience Arizona’s Fall Color

For what seems like the blink of an eye, Arizona’s mountains and canyons light up in brilliant hues of yellow and red. From late September to mid-October, high-elevation Aspens shimmer in gold. While from early-to-mid-October the Oaks and Maples in Sedona, and on the Mogollon Rim, blaze orange and red. At lower elevations Cottonwood flanked streams glow yellow in Fall. Here’s…

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