5 Easy Hikes for Beginners in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Outdoors

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Nina Gruber
Benches and views: A welcome stopping point for any hiker
For either those not quite ready for the butt-kicking that some mountains around the Valley provide or others who simply want to try a new thing, there are plenty of easy hikes in Phoenix for the novice hiker. With proper hiking shoes, a good amount of water, and comfortable clothes, these five hikes (listed from easiest to most challenging) are feasible for any beginner looking to explore the desert trails in metro Phoenix.

See also:
Piestewa Peak Hiking Trail Alternatives in Phoenix Mountain Preserve
8 Tips for Summer Hiking in Arizona

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Nina Gruber
The amphitheater along the Big Butte Loop
McDowell Mountain: Wagner Short Loop Trail
A 1.6-mile flat trail through the north campground of McDowell Mountain Regional Park, this path is crisscrossed with many others that start around here. Despite the slight confusion at various forks in the road, it is a straightforward trail through washes and luscious desert. The path is particularly special in the spring, when the land is covered by huge patches of colorful wildflowers. Take in the views on this desert walk, as the McDowell Mountain range will provide a lovely back drop to this meandering desert trail.

Papago Park: Big Butte Loop Trail
A multi-purpose path that is just over a mile, the Big Butte Loop Trail is easily accessed via nearby popular destinations like the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden. Circumnavigating one of the larger sandstone buttes in the park, this trail begins at the Eliot Ramada and continues through the dry, red desert of Papago, passing the amphitheater on McDowell and gently curving back to the beginning. A level hike, the path is a geologist's dream, surrounded by interesting rock formations, though also providing us normal people with lovely views of the Valley and a nice desert escape in the middle of town.

Location Info

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Piestewa Peak Park

2701 E. Squaw Peak Drive, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

16300 McDowell Mountain Park Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Papago Park

625 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Pinnacle Peak Park

26802 N. 102nd Way, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Usery Mountain Regional Park

3939 N. Usery Pass Road, Mesa, AZ

Category: General

Phoenix Zoo

455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General


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56 comments
Kennia Geraldo
Kennia Geraldo

Hahaha si sierto.. one word comments y llego la Marilyn y todo cambio

Jenna Moore
Jenna Moore

Ian Moore the first two are very close to your house

Nadia Marbel
Nadia Marbel

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Kennia Geraldo
Kennia Geraldo

Si Marilyn! Te ocupamos pake este mas suave!! Haha :)

Chrissy Gregg
Chrissy Gregg

Bill Breaker.. Ideas for the next few weekends.

JoAnn Kopke
JoAnn Kopke

Good for you....long live the camino

Loren Harmon
Loren Harmon

There is a reason man evolved to capture horses and train them to be good people carriers. Later, man evolved to invent motor driven vehicles, including all terrain vehicles. Does this person want to reverse evolution. Never walk when you can ride. Never ride when you can drive. Never drive when you can fly -- Uh, cancel this one due to the TSA. Anyway, why hike?

Ronda Robison
Ronda Robison

Thanks for posting this Lindsay; hubby and I wee just talking this morning about where to take our 11 and 9 year olds for a short hike. THANKS!

Ben Medley
Ben Medley

#smountain #sunnyslope!!! #peckawoooods!!

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Jay Marie

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Terry Young

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