Gobble up the great weather: Hit the Valley hiking trails with your holiday guests

Take a hike - A virtual one-minute hike of one of the trails at Piestewa Peak.

When it comes to the great outdoors -- the Phoenix area is full of incredible places to hike.

If you're trying to show your out-of-town relatives or friends everything the Valley has to offer, hiking is the perfect choice. Especially with those warm holiday temps in the forecast.

From easy to difficult and from popular to possibly unknown -- there's something in the Valley for every potential hiker.

The Valley trails are also a great place to escape the Thanksgiving Day stress.

Here are a few of our favorite hikes:  

Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain is located pretty close to the middle of the Valley and although it’s a more difficult climb than some on this list, the views from the top are worth it.

Also, you should know this is one of the more popular hikes in Phoenix, so you can expect heavy traffic on the trails.

North Mountain/Shaw Butte

Landmark peaks in Phoenix featuring summit climbs and an array of trails for every skill level of hiker.

Thunderbird Conservation Park

Multiple trails on the easier side to choose from with great views of Glendale from the summit.

South Mountain

With lots to do, lots to see, a great view of the Valley and multiple trails to choose from – it’s a must-hike in Phoenix.  

While you’re there: Check out Fat Man’s Pass and a Mystery Castle in Phoenix.

Superstition Mountains

The drive is a little farther east than some of these on the list, but worth it. The Wilderness Area features a well-developed trail system with lots to choose from.

Heard the legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine? Some say there’s still gold hidden here.

Waterfall Trail – White Tank Mountain Regional Park

A popular trail in the west Valley near Surprise featuring beautiful views of Sonoran Desert life and petroglyphs.

Piestewa Peak

The summit's trail, according to the city of Phoenix, was constructed by an employee at the Biltmore Hotel around 1930. Hikers will gain more than 1,200 feet in elevation and can expect heavy traffic as they venture to the top.

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Looking for a hike that’ll give you a great view of Scottsdale, there’s plenty to choose from here. It’s open every day, sunrise to sunset and free of charge. Don’t forget to snap a photo by Tom’s Thumb! Also, a great spot for wildflowers.

Butcher Jones Trail

Arizona’s not all desert. Butcher Jones Trail is a gorgeous lakeside trail in the Tonto National Forest near Mesa with great views of Saguaro Lake.

A day pass for Tonto National Forest should probably be purchased beforehand.


If you have the time, Sedona is a hiker's paradise.

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