There are so many hiking opportunities available in Phoenix and many trails to enjoy that you will think you have died and gone to heaven! Phoenix really is the place to begin your hiking vacation.
Here are 3 highly recommended trails for you to try.
The Waterfall trail is an easy hike; found in the White Tank Mountains which are northwest of Phoenix. This is one of the best places you can find, the incredible Hohokam petroglyphs which can be found about half-way through the trail. The 2 mile round trip is great for less experienced hikers or people who want to take things a little easier.
South Mountain Park is known as the largest city park in the world and is part of the Phoenix Mountains. There are approximately 58 miles worth of trails in this 17,000 acre park that are just waiting to be walked, and they all range from moderate up to very difficult in terms of ease of walking. Throughout the park you may come across animals that call this place their home, although it may be tempting to stop and stare. It is always best to give them lots of room and just keep going, especially if you come across a rattlesnake. The highest point in the whole of the park is known as Dobbins Lookout and is an incredible 2,330 high.
Camelback Mountain was an Indian reservation in the 1800’s until it became private property. Since then people have been able to have the pleasure of hiking in the area that is so named because of the shape of the mountain. The 1.6 mile track is known as a difficult trail. Only experienced hikers attempt to walk the track due to very steep and rocky cliffs that have high drop-offs on either side. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the beautiful trail, but safety is paramount.
There are two hiking trails, to the Peak of Camelback Mountain that reaches 1,280 feet; the Echo Canyon trail which is 1.2 miles long and the Cholla trail that is 1.4 miles long. Both trails are known for their difficulty and can take between 1.5 and 3 hours depending on your skill and fitness levels.
The extremely difficult dirt path is full of gravel and boulders as well as some much-needed handrails, but if this is the kind of activity and place you love, then what are you waiting for?
If you intend to be walking so much then why not travel to the trails in style and check out the car rentals that are available to you, save your energy for your hike and relax while you can!