Arizona, the Grand Canyon State that has cactus-filled Sonoran Desert landscape offers different trails to the avid hikers. Hiking in the desert has its own beauty as well as dangers lurking in the grooves. The summer is pretty harsh here so the hikers would prefer hiking the upcountry during the harsh season. A few precautions taken by the hikers will help them stay safe. Never never under estimate the power of nature! Stay safe while hiking!
Pack a snack or two.
Carry your first-aid kit.
Inform your family member & share your location.
If possible hike with another person
Stay on the trail.
Yield to the hikers going up.
Pack out what you pack in.
Keep your pet on leash. Not that everyone shares your love for pets.
A list of a few Arizona hikes we have done over the past few years is given below and some of them we have hiked many times that we lost count, especially the ones near Scottsdale areas.
Arizona Hiking Trails – Easy
- Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park in Sedona
- ‘A’ Mountain on Hayden Butte, Tempe
- Apache Waterfalls Hike, Globe
- Lower Salt River Trail, Mesa
- Grand Falls, (aka) Chocolate Falls Hike, Flagstaff
- Double Butte Loop Trail, Phoenix,
- Chimney Rock Hike from Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park in Sedona
- Marcus Landslide Trail, Scottsdale, AZ
- Granite Mountain & Balanced Rock – Easy
- Brown’s Ranch Trail, Scottsdale, AZ
- Levee Trail Hike, McDowell Mountains, Scottsdale
- McDowell Mountain Ranch Javelina Trail, Scottsdale
- Dixie Mountain Loop, Phoenix – Horned Owl Nest
- Hole in the Rock, Phoenix, Arizona
- Waterfall & Black Rock Loop Trail
- Dragonfly Trail, Cave Creek, Arizona
- Chasing The Poppies – Peridot
- Cone Mountain & Brown’s Ranch Mountain
- Lost Dog Trailhead to Taliesin West, Scottsdale
- Sears-Kay Ruin (Tonto National Forest), Scottsdale
- Blue Wash Trail to Camp Creek Waterfall, Cave Creek
Arizona Hiking Trails – Moderate
- West Fork Trail, Sedona
- Devil’s Bridge, Sedona
- Wind Cave Trail, near Mesa
- Shaw Butte North Mountain Hike, Phoenix
- Holbert Trail to Dobbins Lookout, South Mountains,
- Sunrise Peak from Sunrise Trailhead, Scottsdale,
- Bell Pass Trail, Scottsdale
- Riding the Wave in the Arizona Desert
- Bartlett Lake Reservoir Hike
- Gateway Saddle Loop Trail, Scottsdale
- Tom’s Thumb & the Lookout Trails – 4.9 miles
- Pinnacle Peak Trail, Scottsdale
- Deem Hills Ridgeline Hike
- Tonto Natural Bridge Park
- Lockett Meadow Inner Basin Trail, Flagstaff
- Broadway Cave in Superstition Wilderness
- Lost Dog Wash Trail, Scottsdale
- Quartz Trail, Paradise Valley – Scottsdale
- Hieroglyphic Trail, Apache Junction
Arizona Hiking Trails – Hard
- Humphreys Peak in Flagstaff – the highest natural point in the state
- Agassiz Peak – Arizona’s second highest peak – Chair Lift Ride
- Flatiron Via Siphon Draw Trail, near Phoenix – ^5057 feet
- Thompson Peak Tower Hike in Fountain Hills – ^3,982 feet at the summit
- Weavers Needle, Gold canyon
- Picket Post Trail, Superior, Arizona – ^4378 feet
- Elephant Mountain Trail Hike on Spur Cross Ranch, Cave Creek
- Gateway Long Loop Trail (10.9 miles) Scottsdale
- Bell Rock Hike (Climb), Sedona
- Tom’s Thumb Hike, Scottsdale
- Tom’s Thumb Trailhead from Gateway Trailhead, Scottsdale
- Camelback Mountain – Hiking up through Echo Canyon Trail
Part 1 & Part 2 – Hiking Down Cholla Trail, Phoenix
- Piestewa Peak – (Sunset Hike), Phoenix
- Dixie Peak / Two Bit Peak – Dixie Mountain Loop, Paradise Valley
- Black Mountain, Cave Creek
- Browns Peak via Brown’s Trail, Four Peaks Wilderness
Happy Hiking & Exploring! 😘