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North Wilson Hiking Trail

★★★★☆ Difficult / Sedona Area Tucked into a stunning canyon, this short hike leads to a gorgeous high plateau. The North Wilson Hiking Trail is the shorter, shadier route up Wilson Mountain – more easily conquered than the mountain’s namesake trail. The canyon’s soaring vertical walls are jaw-droppingly beautiful. While the high plateau serves up seemingly endless…

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2021 Best Hiking Gifts!

We’ve put together a curated list of 2021 best 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…

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Fay Canyon Hiking Trail

★★★☆☆ Easy / Sedona This short, easy hike meanders through the base of an iconic red rock canyon. Its pine shaded path, flanked by soaring sandstone cliffs, makes the Fay Canyon Hiking Trail A-OK for hikers of all ages.

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Cliff Spring Hiking Trail

★★★★☆ Easy / Grand Canyon North Rim See ancient ruins, upside down plants and a dripping spring on this pretty, easy hike. The Cliff Spring Hiking Trail gently descends an intimate ravine at the top of the Grand Canyon. Along the way a number of natural treasures are revealed … one-by-one.

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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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