Phoenix, AZ Trails and Parks

Phoenix has 70 trails in the vicinity, including 45 hiking trails and 9 for off-highway drives. These trails range from 1.2 to 47 miles in length. The most popular trails are Four Peaks Mine, Backway to Crown King and South Mountain Trails (Desert Classic Trail). Trails.com member Jeff H. recently completed Sycamore Creek, Sugarloaf.
  • Four Peaks Mine

    8 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    Very popular mountain drive with several great hiking trails. Dispersed camping allowed. Make sure to pack out all trash. Heavily used ATV and dirt bike area. Stay on roads and trails at all ...
    •  Easy
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  28 miles
    •  Guide

    Very popular mountain drive with several great hiking trails. Dispersed camping allowed. Make sure to pack out all trash. ...

  • Backway to Crown King

    5 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    This is a challenging four-wheel-drive route but is also a great historical tour. Your trip will be greatly enhanced if you learn a little about the area before you go. Most of this route is ...
    •  Difficult
    •  4 to 5 hours or more
    •  34.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a challenging four-wheel-drive route but is also a great historical tour. Your trip will be greatly enhanced if you ...

  • South Mountain Trails (Desert Classic Trail)

    4 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    At 16,500 acres, Phoenix’s South Mountain Park is the largest municipal park in the world. South Mountain itself stretches several miles along the southernmost reaches of the city, and separates ...
    •  2 - 3 hours
    •  18.6 miles
    •  Guide

    At 16,500 acres, Phoenix’s South Mountain Park is the largest municipal park in the world. South Mountain itself stretches ...

  • Wind Cave Trail

    4 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    Wind Cave Trail starts out as a level, manicured desert path that wanders through a green harmony of bursage, creosote, and cacti. Heed the leash requirement in Usery Park; while Wind Cave Trail ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Wind Cave Trail starts out as a level, manicured desert path that wanders through a green harmony of bursage, creosote, and ...

  • Thunderbird Conservation Park: Arrowhead Point Trail

    2 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    This lollipop hike switchbacks to the scenic summit of Arrowhead Point in Thunderbird Conservation Area in north Glendale.
    •  2 hours
    •  2.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This lollipop hike switchbacks to the scenic summit of Arrowhead Point in Thunderbird Conservation Area in north Glendal ...

  • Bloody Basin, Sheep Bridge

    2 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    Sheep Bridge at end of trail is an impressive sight. Bridge spans wide Verde River with a 476-ft. walkway. Original bridge, built in 1943, was rebuilt in 1989 to look like the old bridge. Today ...
    •  Easy
    •  1 day
    •  38 miles
    •  Guide

    Sheep Bridge at end of trail is an impressive sight. Bridge spans wide Verde River with a 476-ft. walkway. Original bridge, ...

  • Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve: Union Peak Loop

    2 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    An excellent loop hike, following several trail segments, that traverses a pristine desert environment and climbs to the summit of Union Peak in the Sonoran Preserve.
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  5.6 miles
    •  Guide

    An excellent loop hike, following several trail segments, that traverses a pristine desert environment and climbs to the ...

  • Waterfall Canyon

    2 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    You won’t find any prehistoric pueblos or cliff dwellings in Waterfall Canyon, but this cactus-covered patch of desert in the White Tank Mountains contains enough ancient rock art to make it ...
    •  Day Hike
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    You won’t find any prehistoric pueblos or cliff dwellings in Waterfall Canyon, but this cactus-covered patch of desert in ...

  • Horton Creek Trail

    2 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    Want a cool summer hike? Take your dog to Horton Creek and enjoy a splash or three between gentle climbs up this scenic Mogollon Rim trail. The wide, level path that greets you at the trailhead ...
    •  4 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    Want a cool summer hike? Take your dog to Horton Creek and enjoy a splash or three between gentle climbs up this scenic Mogollon ...

  • Four Peaks

    2 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    Gorgeous high mountain views on a clear day. Although the road is wide, it is great fun to ride. Optional difficult side trip on 422A leads to a circle of giant boulders, a great camping spot. ...
    •  Easy
    •  4 to 5 hours
    •  47 miles
    •  Guide

    Gorgeous high mountain views on a clear day. Although the road is wide, it is great fun to ride. Optional difficult side ...

  • North Mountain National Trail

    1 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    The rugged peaks and rolling desert of Phoenix’s North Mountain Park once served as a popular campground for Indian School students and their families. The north central Phoenix area has changed, ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The rugged peaks and rolling desert of Phoenix’s North Mountain Park once served as a popular campground for Indian School ...

  • Sycamore Creek, Sugarloaf

    1 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    This route serves as an introduction to a vast area of trails open to motorized recreation. Ride this route first, then choose an area you like best. We tried to select routes that had relatively ...
    •  Moderate
    •  4 hours
    •  19 miles
    •  Guide

    This route serves as an introduction to a vast area of trails open to motorized recreation. Ride this route first, then choose ...

  • Quartz Peak Trail

    1 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    This spectacular climb up Picacho Peak packs plenty of adventure into a short hike. The challenging Hunter Trail coils around sheer cliffs and rocky slopes. Cables assist in your scramble to ...
    •  5 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    This spectacular climb up Picacho Peak packs plenty of adventure into a short hike. The challenging Hunter Trail coils around ...

  • Sierra Estrella Wilderness Trails

    1 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    At night the city lights of Phoenix are clearly visible from the ridges of the Sierra Estrella, “star mountains,” snugged up against the southwest corner of the Gila River Indian Reservation. ...
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    At night the city lights of Phoenix are clearly visible from the ridges of the Sierra Estrella, “star mountains,” snugged ...

  • Charles M. Christiansen Memorial Trail 100

    1 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    North Mountain Preserve is a very popular destination for bikers, hikers, and equestrians from across the Valley. Nestled right in the middle of Phoenix, the park is surrounded by neighborhoods. ...
    •  3 - 4 hours
    •  21.2 miles
    •  Guide

    North Mountain Preserve is a very popular destination for bikers, hikers, and equestrians from across the Valley. Nestled ...

  • Ranger Trail

    1 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    The lovely and expansive South Mountain Park, part of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, offers moderately challenging ascents, sweeping mountain and city views, and a wide range of Sonoran Desert ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    The lovely and expansive South Mountain Park, part of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, offers moderately challenging ascents, ...

  • Go John Trail

    1 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    The Go John Trail loops through beautiful Sonoran Desert in Cave Creek Regional Park, near Carefree. This easy loop presents sweeping views of New River Mesa, the East Cedar Mountains, the Bradshaw ...
    •  3 hours
    •  4.3 miles
    •  Guide

    The Go John Trail loops through beautiful Sonoran Desert in Cave Creek Regional Park, near Carefree. This easy loop presents ...

  • Deem Hills Recreation Area: Palisade to Basalt to Circumference Trails

    1 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    This short loop hike, following three different trails, traverses a volcanic hill in the northeast corner of the park.
    •  1 hour
    •  1.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This short loop hike, following three different trails, traverses a volcanic hill in the northeast corner of the park.

  • White Tank Sonoran Loop

    1 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    The White Tank Mountains are a massive range, more in scale with the mighty Estrellas to the south than with the smaller North and South Mountain ranges. The mountains comprise the entire western ...
    •  30 - 45 minutes
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The White Tank Mountains are a massive range, more in scale with the mighty Estrellas to the south than with the smaller ...

  • Agua Fria National Monument Trail

    1 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    A leash is not required as long as your dog responds to voice commands, but keep it handy in case you encounter other trail users or wildlife such as javelina or deer, which range here. Be ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A leash is not required as long as your dog responds to voice commands, but keep it handy in case you encounter other trail ...

  • Trail 4 at Seven Springs

    0 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    The Seven Springs Campground is about a half-hour north of the artsy little town of Cave Creek. As the dirt road winds its way up the canyons feeding into the Humboldt and Cramm Mountains, cactus ...
    •  4 - 5 hours
    •  10.9 miles
    •  Guide

    The Seven Springs Campground is about a half-hour north of the artsy little town of Cave Creek. As the dirt road winds its ...

  • Queen Creek Canyon

    0 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    Queen Creek Canyon slices sharply through the southeastern edge of the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix. The canyon, carved by Queen Creek and traced by US 60, is lined with compact cliffs, ...
    •  various miles
    •  Guide

    Queen Creek Canyon slices sharply through the southeastern edge of the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix. The canyon, ...

  • Superstition Mountains

    0 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    The Superstition Mountains sprawl across central Arizona east of Phoenix like a rumpled Indian blanket. It’s a tangled tapestry of precipitous canyons, sharp volcanic peaks, soaring cliffs, high ...
    •  various miles
    •  Guide

    The Superstition Mountains sprawl across central Arizona east of Phoenix like a rumpled Indian blanket. It’s a tangled tapestry ...

  • Lookout Mountain

    0 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    Lookout Mountain is in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve on the north side of Phoenix. The Dead Dobie Wall, a short, west-facing, basalt cliff, is below the mountain’s west summit. The cliff offers ...
    •  various miles
    •  Guide

    Lookout Mountain is in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve on the north side of Phoenix. The Dead Dobie Wall, a short, west-facing, ...

  • Pinnacle Peak

    0 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    Pinnacle Peak, a prominent 3,169-foot granite tower on the northeast edge of Scottsdale, rises above a sprawl of subdivisions. The peak, along with smaller satellite crags, boasts an excellent ...
    •  various miles
    •  Guide

    Pinnacle Peak, a prominent 3,169-foot granite tower on the northeast edge of Scottsdale, rises above a sprawl of subdivisions. ...