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(green:easy, blue: moderate, red:difficult.  Descriptions below)

Phoenix Area Hikes

As one of the best hiking cities in the US, the mountains in and around Phoenix's greater metropolitan area provide an amazing array of stunning hikes - beneath endless blue skies. There are trails suitable for all skill levels: from families with young children to seasoned hikers. Phoenix area trails are best enjoyed during the ideal temperatures September through April (or in the wee hours of the morning May through August). It's essential to bring plenty of water and to avoid hiking during the very high temperatures of Summer.
HikePark / AreaLevelMiles (1-way)Foot GainPets
Butcher Jones Hiking TrailSaguaro Lake, MatzazalsModerate2.5600Yes
Cave Creek Cave HikeCave CreekEasy1MinimalNo
Echo Canyon TrailCamelback Mtn., PhoenixDifficult1.21,280No
Elephant Mountain LoopSpur Cross, Cave CreekModerate / Difficult5.4825Yes
Go John Loop TrailCave Creek Reg. ParkModerate5.8 (loop)800Yes
Hieroglyphics TrailSuperstition Mountains, Gold CanyonEasy1.2600Yes
Holbert TrailSouth MountainModerate2.51,100Yes
Hole in the Rock LoopPapago ParkEasy0.31MinimalYes
Jewel of the Creek & Dragonfly LoopJewel of Creek, Cave CreekEasy2MinimalYes
Mesquite Canyon TrailWhite Tank Mt. Reg. Park, WaddellModerate5.01,483Yes
Mormon Trail to Hidden ValleySouth Mountain, PhoenixModerate3.7860Yes
North Mountain National TrailPhoenixModerate0.72615Yes
Palo Verde TrailBartlett Lake ParkEasy / Moderate3.8MinimalYes
Pass Mountain LoopUsery ParkModerate7.5 (loop)730Yes
Peralta TrailSuperstition Mountains, Gold CanyonModerate2.451,400Yes
Piestewa Peak Summit TrailPhoenix Mt. Preserve, PhoenixDifficult1.21,200No
Pinnacle Peak TrailNorth ScottsdaleModerate1.75842No
Pipeline Canyon TrailLake PleasantEasy to Moderate2220Yes
Quartz TrailCave Creek Rec. Area, Cave CreekModerate4.0 (loop)250Yes
Rainbow Valley & Toothaker LoopEstrella Regional Pk.Easy6.2365Yes
Rock Springs Spur TrailBlack Canyon CityModerate1.4232Yes
San Tan Loop TrailSan Tan Regional Park, Queen CreekEasy7.5 (loop)234Yes
Sidewinder Ridgeback Ocotillo LoopSonoran Desert PreserveModerate4.56 (loop)600Yes
Siphon DrawLost Dutchman St. Park, Apache JunctionDifficult3.03,000Yes
Sunrise Hiking TrailMcDowell Mt PreserveModerate21,100Yes
Tom's ThumbMcDowell Mt. Preserve, North ScottsdaleModerate / Difficult2.151,420Yes
Vulture Peak TrailWickenburgModerate2940Yes
Waterfall TrailWhite Tank Mt. Reg. Park, WaddellEasy0.9MinimalYes
Wave Cave TrailSuperstition Mts.Moderate1.75980Yes
Wild Burro TrailLake PleasantEasy2200Yes
Wind Cave TrailUsery Park, MesaModerate1.5800Yes
Yavapai Point TrailLake PleasantModerate1.5400Yes


Sedona Area Hikes

Quintessentially Arizonan, the majestic Red Rocks of Sedona offer exquisite hikes through tall vermillion canyons dotted with fragrant Manzanita and Juniper. Towering weather-carved buttes and arches rest before expansive southwestern landscapes. Although these hikes are open all year, they're best enjoyed September through May. Expect surprisingly cool 45-60 degree temperatures during winter days with a possible dusting of snow. Bring plenty of water to hike in this arid climate.
HikePark / AreaLevelMiles (1-way)Foot GainedPets
Baldwin Loop TrailCoconino Nat. ForestEasy1.6 (loop)150Yes
Bell Trail to Wet Beaver Creek CrossingBeaver Creek Wilderness, Coconino Nat. ForestEasy-Moderate3.3520Yes
Boynton Canyon TrailCoconino Nat. ForestEasy3.0450Yes
Brins Mesa TrailCoconino Nat. ForestEasy3.2540Yes
Cathedral Rock TrailCoconino Nat. ForestDifficult0.75600Yes
Devil's Bridge TrailCoconino Nat. ForestModerate1.8400Yes
Doe Mtn. TrailCoconino Nat. ForestModerate0.7430Yes
Huckaby TrailCoconino Nat. ForestModerate2.6210Yes
Mescal Hiking TrailCoconino Nat. ForestEasy2.5220Yes
Soldier Pass TrailCoconino Nat. ForestModerate2.4465Yes
Sterling Pass TrailCoconino Nat. ForestDifficult2.41050Yes
West Fork TrailCoconino Nat. ForestEasy3MinimalYes


Tucson Area Hikes

Tucson is surrounded by the beautiful Santa Catalina, Rincon and Tucson Mountains. Hikes here traverse Saguaro studded deserts, dramatic gorges, and lead to incredible hidden waterfalls or high summits with hundred mile views. Higher elevations get snow in Winter. And desert hikes are best enjoyed in Winter, Spring and Fall.
HikePark / AreaLevelMiles (1-way)Foot GainPets
Bear Canyon Trail to Seven FallsSabino Canyon / Santa Catalina Mts.Moderate4.1917No
Bog & Kent Springs LoopSanta Rita MtsModerate5.1 (loop)1,880Yes
Grotto from Echo Canyon Trail Chiricahua Nat. MonumentModerate4.2-1,050No
Heart of the Rocks from Massai PointChiricahua Nat. MonumentModerate7.5-1,050No
Hunter Trail to Picacho PeakPicacho State ParkDifficult21,785Yes (to first saddle)
Kings Canyon Trail to Wasson PeakSaguaro Nat. Pk. West, Tucson Mts. Moderate3.51,785No
Romero Trail to Romero PoolsCatalina State ParkModerate - Difficult2.8900No
Ventana Canyon Trail to Window RockSanta Catalina Mts.Moderate - Difficult6.42,760No

Flagstaff Area Hikes

With a starting elevation of 7,000 feet, and a seasonal climate, the Flagstaff area is hiking paradise Spring through Fall. Family-friendly trails lead through alpine meadows filled with fragrant wildflowers during Spring and Summer, while moderate hikes ascend through tall pines and glistening aspen groves. Ambitious hikers can trek the steep 5.5 mile trail to the summit of Mount Humphreys, Arizona's highest Peak (at an elevation of 13,000 feet). During late summer thunderstorms can quickly roll in, so come weather prepared. In winter there will be snow, and many trails close for the season.
HikePark / AreaLevelMiles (1-way)Foot GainPets
Bear Jaw & Abineau Trail LoopSan Francisco Peaks, Coconino Nat. ForestModerate6.8 (loop)1,960Yes
Elden Lookout TrailSan Francisco Peaks, Coconino Nat. ForestDifficult3.02,400Yes
Fatmans Loop TrailSan Francisco Peaks, Coconino Nat. ForestEasy1.25690Yes
Inner Basin TrailSan Francisco Peaks, Coconino Nat. ForestModerate4.0800Yes
Kachina TrailSan Francisco Peaks, Coconino Nat. ForestEasy5.4700Yes
Kendrick Mountain TrailSan Francisco PeaksModerate4.62,640Yes
Lava River Tube TrailNorth of FlagstaffEasy1.0Minimalpossible not recommended
Pumpkin Hiking TrailNorth of FlagstaffModerate4.82825Yes
Red Mountain TrailNorth of FlagstaffEasy1.5MinimalYes
Sandys Canyon TrailSouth of FlagstaffEasy2.7600Yes
Strawberry Crater Loop TrailNorth of FlagstaffModerate2.2 (loop)250Yes

Grand Canyon Area Hikes

Drawing people from around the globe, the Grand Canyon is one of the world's most awe inspiring places to hike. From flat easy rim trails, to long strenuous paths leading from rim to rim, this destination is bucket-list-worthy! The Grand Canyon is best hiked in Spring or Fall - as temperatures dip below freezing in Winter and climb above 120 degrees at the base in Summer. As a reverse hike (heading down and then back up) hikers need to be extra-aware of their abilities. The 18-mile round trip to the base and back is not recommended as a day hike.
HikePark / AreaLevelMiles (1-way)Foot GainPets
Bill Williams Hiking TrailWilliamsModerate3.852,400Yes
Bright Angel Trail to Indian GardensGrand Canyon Nat. ParkDifficult4.53,060No
Horseshoe Bend TrailPageEasy0.75MinimalYes
Plateau Point TrailGrand Canyon Nat. ParkEasy (after Difficult)1.5MinimalNo
Wire Pass to Buckskin Gulch TrailsVermillion Cliffs, UtahEasy (with hard spots)1.7 to 13.5MinimalYes

Payson, Pine, Strawberry Area Hikes (Mogollon Rim)

Spanning the edges of the dramatic 200 mile long Mogollon Rim, hikes in this area can be surprisingly lush - hop scotching babbling streams, chancing upon underground springs and high waterfalls and ascending hillsides lined with pine and oak. Atop the rim, small lakes are plentiful and the views can be astounding, providing scenic paths and recreational areas perfect for family time together.
HikePark / AreaLevelMiles (1-way)Foot GainPets
Horton Creek TrailKohl's Ranch areaEasy-Moderate3.51,060Yes
Maxwell TrailHappyJack areaModerate-Difficult0.7-682Yes
Rim Lakes Vista TrailKohl's Ranch areaEasy3.5MinimalYes
Tonto Natural Bridge, Gowan & Pine Creek Trails LoopPine areaEasy-Moderate0.92 (loop)185No
Water Wheel TrailPayson areaeasy1.6150Yes
Waterfall Trail to Fossil CreekCamp Verde areaEasy1.2MinimalYes
Woods Canyon Lake TrailKohl's Ranch areaEasy3.7 (loop)MinimalYes

Prescott Area Hikes

Located in the midst of central Arizona's milder high desert plains, the Prescott area is home to beautifully scenic mountains, small hidden lakes and rolling granite dells. With such varied terrain, hikes range from easy lakeside loops to craggy mountain ascents complete with hundred mile views. This area is hike-able almost year round - excepting a few 100-degree-summer or snow-crusted-winter days.
HikePark / AreaLevelMiles (1-way)Foot GainPets
Badger Springs TrailAqua Fria Nat. MonumentEasy0.8MinimalYes
Granite Mountain TrailGranite Mt. Wilderness, Prescott Nat. ForestModerate4.11,600Yes
Lynx Lake Recreation Loop TrailLynx LakeEasy2.3 (loop)min.Yes
Thumb Butte Loop TrailPrescott National ParkModerate2.1 (loop)600Yes
Watson Lake Loop TrailWatson LakeMostly Easy4.8 (loop)162Yes
Willow Lake Loop TrailHeritage Park, City of PrescottEasy5.2 (loop)480Yes

 


Hiking Level Guide

Green / Easy (0-10° inclines): Perfect for those just getting started, families with young children, and anyone uncomfortable with lengthy stairs or steeply angled walkways.

Blue / Moderate (10-20° inclines): Great for people in fairly good physical condition, comfortable with going up stairs, and with children 10 years of age or older.  May include easier rock and boulder scrambles.

Red / Difficult (20° plus inclines): Best for hikers in good physical condition and endurance, comfortable tackling sometimes lengthy inclines and stepping up and down rocks 18 inches or higher. May include more challenging rock scrambles and uneven trail surfaces.