Best Easy Day Hikes Phoenix  by Stewart M. Green

Best Easy Day Hikes: Phoenix Guide Book

by Stewart M. Green (Falcon Guides)
Best Easy Day Hikes Phoenix  by Stewart M. Green
Best Easy Day Hikes Phoenix features concise descriptions and easy-to-follow maps of thirty-three easily manageable hikes through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Valley of the Sun—from Piestewa Peak, which dominates Phoenix's northern skyline, to McDowell Mountain, Pinnacle Peak, and Lost Dutchman State Park.

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Trails from the "Best Easy Day Hikes: Phoenix" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 33.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 33.

This excellent but strenuous hike ascends the long east ridge to the summit of 2,704-foot-high Camelback Mountain. The 1.75-mile Cholla Trail is a great alternative hike to the steeper and busier Summit Trail on the opposite side of Camelback Mountain. The well-maintained trail gains 1,300 feet from trailhead to summit, roughly following the long east ridge of the mountain, and offers marvelous views of Phoenix, Scottsdale, and the Phoenician Resort. Expect some steep, rocky sections near the top with scrambling over boulders and along the ridge crest. No water is available along the trail. Carry plenty to drink, especially in hot weather. A quart per person would not be too much.
Paradise Valley, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
This is an excellent, strenuous, and popular hike to the summit of 2,704-foot-high Camelback Mountain. Camelback Mountain, towering above Phoenix and Scottsdale, is a well-known and prominent landmark. The 2,704-foot peak, the highest point in the Phoenix Mountains, is a two-summited mountain that looks like a kneeling camel to the imaginative eye. The higher, eastern summit forms the camel’s hump, while the lower summit to the west is called The Head. The mountain and its hiking trails are easily accessible, offering a quick getaway that feels far from Phoenix’s teeming freeways. The 1.16-mile Summit Trail, one of the most popular hikes in the area, is a steep, well-maintained path that climbs to the summit of Camelback Mountain from the trailhead at Echo Canyon on the northwest corner of the park.
Paradise Valley, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
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A superb loop hike through desert canyons north of Phoenix.
Cave Creek, AZ - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 5.8
This short loop hike, following three different trails, traverses a volcanic hill in the northeast corner of the park.
Phoenix, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
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A pleasant hike with easy grades and wide scenic views below the Sierra Estrella mountains.
Goodyear, AZ - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 2.3
A quiet moderate loop hike around the base of Lookout Mountain.
Deer Valley, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.6
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A short moderate hike to a nice viewpoint atop Lookout Mountain.
Cactus, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
An excellent scenic hike into a steep canyon on the west flank of the Superstition Mountains.
Apache Junction, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
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A scenic loop hike across a rocky slope below the rugged escarpment of the Superstition Mountains.
Cave Creek, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
An easy desert hike with great views and lots of cacti.
Fort McDowell, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
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A great loop hike across the remote desert landscape east of the rugged McDowell Mountains.
Scottsdale, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.1
Fine easy hike for kids and families that circumnavigates the park campground.
Scottsdale, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8
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An easy hike that loops through the desert and offers great views and lots of solitude.
Scottsdale, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.8
This scenic hike makes an easy loop across a cacti-studded outwash plain at the western side of the McDowell Mountains.
Scottsdale, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.9
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An easy loop hike explores the northern edge of the McDowell Mountains northeast of Scottsdale and Phoenix.
Scottsdale, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
A fun moderate hike that traverses 2,104-foot North Mountain in north Phoenix.
Tempe, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.9
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An easy loop hike that makes a great introduction to desert hiking.
Tempe, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.3
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.
Phoenix, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.6
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An excellent moderate hike that circumnavigates Piestewa Peak.
Cactus, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.74
An easy scenic loop through desert foothills north of Piestewa Peak.
Cactus, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
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