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Dandrea Hiking Trail to Mount Union

★★★☆☆ Moderate / Prescott Area Make a beeline to the top of the Bradshaw Mountains highest peak, on this shady, woodland trail. The Dandrea Hiking Trail cuts a straight path up the northern side of Mount Union. Near the top, a quick turn onto the Yankee Doodle Trail pays off with stunning southwards views over the…

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Drinking Snake Segment, Black Canyon Hiking Trail

★★★★★ Easy / Prescott Area Meander across flower filled meadows and open grassland on this very pretty hike. The Drinking Snake Segment of the Black Canyon Hiking Trail winds through gently undulating hills, expansive ranch land and along the edge of a deep mountain valley. Arizona’s big skies keep company along the way.

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Sears Kay Ruins Hiking Trail Loop

★★★☆☆ Moderate / Cave Creek Ancient Hohokum ruins grace the top of a windswept bluff on this short loop hike. The Sears Kay Ruins Hiking Trail meanders up a small hill, in the middle of an arid desert. At the top, interpretive signs provide information about the ruins and the Native American people who called…

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Black Mesa Hiking Trail Loop

★★★★★ Moderate / Superstition Mountains Weavers Needle plays hide and seek on this long, languid, stunningly beautiful loop trail. Three Superstition Mountain hiking trails (Dutchman’s, Black Mesa and Second Water) join together to form an unexpectedly lovely hike. Pretty creek crossings and ethereal area views dot the path. And there is nary a crowd to be found.

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Gateway Hiking Trail Loop

★★★☆☆ Moderate / Phoenix Area Hikers flock to this scenic foothill loop trail, like kids to an ice cream truck, whenever good weather calls. The McDowell Mountain Preserve’s Gateway Hiking Trail Loop offers up a delectable serving of location, length, elevation gain and scenery. It’s also the gateway to many of the preserve’s other fantastic trails.

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Thompson Peak Hiking Trail

★★★☆☆ Difficult / Fountain Hills A grinding slog, up a patchwork road, leads to one of the McDowell Mountains highest peaks. Climbing the less populous, east side of the range, the Thompson Peak Hiking Trail veers off Dixie Mine Trail to a relentless climb, followed by outstanding 360° views! azutopia.com

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Best Hiking Gifts 2020-2021

We’ve put together a curated list of coveted hiking gifts! From stocking stuffers to high-end technical gear, we’ve tested and researched to ID the gifts worth giving. Additionally, if you purchase these (or any other gift) by clicking a purple link below, a very small part of your purchase will go to keeping our site…

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Picketpost Mountain Hiking Trail

★★★★☆ Difficult / Superior If butt-kicking scrambles up rocky ravines are your thing, this hike is for you! The Picketpost Mountain Hiking Trail kicks off with a deceptively easy approach that quickly morphs into a rugged climb up a steep, narrow gorge. The payoff for bagging this solitary peak? A well-deserved sense of accomplishment and some…

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Dixie Mountain Hiking Trail Loop

★★★☆☆ Moderate / North Phoenix Pretty views, an owl’s nest and a rusted out car are fun features of this neighborhood hike. The Dixie Mountain Hiking Trail Loop winds through northern Phoenix’s Sonoran Preserve. Inside the park, the suburbs fade from view, replaced by pretty, rolling desert hills.

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North Kaibab Hiking Trail to Roaring Springs

★★★★☆ Difficult / North Rim Grand Canyon  Descend jaw-droppingly beautiful Roaring Springs Canyon to its namesake waterfall & stream. The first five miles of the North Kaibab Hiking Trail provide one of the most awe-inspiring day hikes into the Grand Canyon. The path crosses stunning overlooks, a tunnel blasted through stone and a long narrow ridge. Take the trail all…

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