Arizona has endless amounts of hiking! Hiking is one of my favorite ways to get outside and moving so that's one of my favorite things about here, there's always something new to explore and see!
Each hike has it's own unique path, landscape, and breathtaking views. These are just a few that I've done in my time here and I'm always looking for new hikes so please comment and let me know your favorites too!
CLAY MINE TRAIL - CAVE CREEK AZ
Clay Mine Trail was the first hike I did by myself in AZ so I guess it holds a special place in my heart. It's a short and sweet trail in Cave Creek Regional Park, only 1.6 miles out and back but it's got some fantastic views! The name comes from a cool, eery mine located on the trail. The entrance to it is closed off but it's still something cool to see! The CMT can be looped into the Overton Trail for a longer hike, which is definitely on my list to do.
SPUR CROSS TRAIL - CAVE CREEK AZ
Let's talk about Spur Cross Trail for a second.....SO FREAKING COOL! I did this hike with a group of friends and TBH, we kind of winged it and explored, I'd say we saw just about every inch of the Spur Cross Conservation! There are definitely some parts of steep climbs and crossing over streams but overall that added to the experience. Plus, the landscape and views are just uh-mazing!
BROWN'S RANCH/BROWN'S SUMMIT - SCOTTSDALE AZ
The pictures don't even do this one justice, the views from Brown's Summit were unbelievable! This hike is located in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and there's a number of trails you can take around or up to the summit on Brown's Ranch. We started at the main entrance (at the end of Alma School Rd.) and took Brown's Ranch Road to the Brown's Mountain Trail to Brown's Summit Spur, up to the summit (about 1.5 miles). You can take the same way back but we came down the other side of the mountain and looped around, so it was probably around a 3-4 mile hike. The trail is pretty flat until you start to make your way up the mountain and then to the summit but it's a pretty moderate climb and doable. I'd love to do this hike again at sunrise or sunset because I can't even imagine how beautiful it must be!
PINNACLE PEAK TRAIL - SCOTTSDALE AZ
Pinnacle Peak Trail is definitely a tourist spot but totally worth dealing with a bit of a crowd. It's about 3.5 miles out and back with some pretty awesome views overlooking the surrounding areas. About 1.5 miles up, you'll come to a scenic point with a dope 360 view!
SUNRISE PEAK VIA SUNRISE TRAIL - FOUNTAIN HILLS AZ
I absolutely loved, loved, loved Sunrise Trail!! A few reasons why...one, I did it shortly after it snowed and the mountains still had snow peaks and it was so gorgeous. Two, at the top, somebody left a notebook for people to write notes in and it included messages from everyone who's hiked up to the top, so special!! It was just under 4 miles up and back but is a steady incline with amazing scenery so time flies!
WAGNER TRAIL LOOP - SCOTTSDALE AZ
The Wagner Trail Loop, located in McDowell Mountain Regional Park is so peaceful and you feel absolutely immersed in nature. It's about a 2 mile loop starting from Wagner Trailhead then hopping on the Granite Trail to circle back. The trail is completely flat so it's the perfect stroll for clearing your mind and getting some of the best views of surrounding mountains in every direction!
DEVIL'S BRIDGE TRAIL & CATHEDRAL ROCK TRAIL - SEDONA AZ
I've done both Devil's Bridge Trail and Cathedral Rock Trail twice already and I'd do them 100 more times! I'd be bold enough to say these both should be on your top 10 things to do before you die list. Sedona, in general, is just such a special place! There's something magical about the red rock and it's energy. I know that sounds hippie-dippie but trust me, these hikes will literally blow your mind and are unlike anything you've ever seen or experienced before.