3 Easy Hikes in Northern Arizona
For those looking to escape the Valley's heat, we introduce some hikes just a bit north and therefore a bit cooler in these summer months. Here are three (of countless more) options for beautiful and accessible trails for the hikers among us who aren't loving the weather right now.
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Sandy's Canyon Trail
A brief path that leads to a cross-state trail just outside Flagstaff, Sandy's Canyon packs plenty of photo opportunities in its two-mile roundtrip. From the trailhead, the hike begins with spectacular views of the San Francisco Peaks and then descends into both Sandy's Canyon and Walnut Canyon, passing through ponderosas and aspens along the descent. The treat at the end of the trail is not that it levels out, but that at this point, huge petrified sand dunes provide a magnificent sight reminiscent of the Grand Canyon's cliffs. The end of the trail is marked by its intersection with the Arizona Trail, which can be followed for more adventures.