Hiking Trails and degree of difficulty in Scottsdale & Phoenix

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Find fun and safe hikes including North Scottsdale hiking trails and many in Phoenix and surrounding area.  We've got reviews of all the major hiking trails giving you the good news and the bad.  If you're visiting Scottsdale and intend to hike, this page will tell all you need to know about where to go, degree of difficulty and where to park!

Pinnacle Peak Hiking Trail: After being closed for a number of years, The City Of Scottsdale has re-opened pinnacle Peak Hiking Trail, 150 acres covering one and three quarters mile, It is considered a "moderate" hike with an elevation of approximately 1300 feet. Rock climbing and horseback riding are also permitted. Take advantage of this superior North Scottsdale hiking trail.

Camelback Mountain - Located in Phoenix north of Camelback Road on 48th Street. Everyone wants to hike Camelback. Intermediate to experienced hikers as trails are difficult. Not recommended for children. Call 602-256-3220 for information. (take a look at Camelback in the old days)

Cave Creek Recreational Area - Located in Cave Creek off Carefree Highway south of Cave Creek Road at 37904 N. Cave Creek Parkway. Hiking trails with different lengths and degrees of difficulty. Call (623) 465-0431 for information.

Some more great North Scottsdale hiking trails include the area beyond Cave Creek, there is a large parking area a quarter of mile past Seven Springs Campground which is located 18 miles northeast of Carefree on Forest Route 24 in the Tonto National Forest. It is somewhat difficult and covers about 9 miles.

Lost Dutchman State Park - off Highway 88 between Apache Junction and Roosevelt Lake. I have always been  fascinated by the Superstition Mountains and the legends that abound. Mysterious! A great place for hiking and picnicking. Moonlight hikes with the full moon!  (480) 982-4485.
(the legend behind the Lost Dutchman Mine

McDowell Mountain Regional Park - Located in Fountain Hills on McDowell Mountain Road. Variety of hiking trails with different lengths and degrees of difficulty. Watch out for Bikers.
Call (480) 471-0173 for information.

Papago Park Trails - Located in Tempe, west of College Avenue between Curry Road and Loop 202. Hike the Loma Trail to see archeological sites.

Papago Peaks - Located in Phoenix at Van Buren Street and Galvin Parkway. A good spot for family hikes. Native American sites (Tohono O'odham and Hohokam) have some petroglyphs. There are great views!. Call 602-256-3220 for information.

South Mountain Park - Located in Phoenix at 10919 S. Central Avenue is the jewel of that city's Mountain Park Preserves.  The area contains more than 40 miles of maintained, marked trails that are all open to hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers. Rangers can help you plan hikes to view petroglyph sites.  Call 602-261-8457 for more information.

Squaw Peak Summit Trail - Located in Phoenix at 2701 E. Squaw Peak Drive, just north of Lincoln Drive. You can take children on this hike as it is just a little over a mile. Please take your time! The trail covers a steep 19% grade. About 3 hours with children. For more information call 602-262-7901. 

Usery Mountain Recreational Area - east of Usery Pass Road, north of Mesa. Hiking trails with great panoramic views. (480) 984-0032.


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