Are you looking for awesome things to do in Arizona? Well then, you’ve come to the right place.
Here are a few hikes to check out the next time you’re in town.
Hole In The Rock, this trail is rated Easy. It is a 0.3 mile trip (Out & Back) with a great view. You will climb through the rock and it comes out to a large opening on the other side of the rock. This is a great place to watch the Sunset. Phoenix, AZ
Papago Park, this trail is rated Easy. It is a 2.7 mile trip (Out & Back) with a great view of the buttes. Most of the trail is a paved road. Phoenix, AZ
Box Canyon Trail, this trail is rated Moderate. It is a 0.8 mile trip (Out & Back) with a swimming hole in the canyon. There is no “trailhead”, you will park on the side of the highway. Then you will climb up a short, steep area towards the woods. There is no marker for the start of the trail, but if you look at the side of the mountain, you can see where the trail is. Once you get to the top, you will have to go through the hole in the fence. Go left, follow the path until you see the arrow, continue right until you descend into the canyon. Please be aware, the rocks are slippery. Dogs are welcome! Payson, AZ
Waterwheel Falls, this trail is rated Moderate. It is a 1.5 mile trip (Out & Back) with several creek crossings and a waterfall swimming hole at the end. Please be aware, this is a flash flood area. Always check the weather before entering. It is $9 CASH, to park at the trailhead. A ranger comes around when you pull up, there is no where else to park either. There are several spots to stop and hang out at. Bring a floaty and refreshments to chill out. Payson, AZ
Horton Creek, this trail is rated Moderate. It is a 4 mile trip (Out & Back) with a large amount of creek waterfalls. You will park at the parking lot, walk across the street to the campground, the trail will be on the left side. Keep an eye out for the wooden tee-pee, this will be on your right hand side. Payson, AZ
Piestewa Peak, also known as Squaw Peak, this trail is rated Hard. It is a 2 mile (Out & Back), gaining 1,151 ft elevation. You must go early, the parking lot fills up very quickly and the surrounding neighborhoods do not allow parking on their streets. This hike is referred to as the Rock StairMaster. Phoenix, AZ
Camelback Mountain via Cholla Trail, this trail is rated Hard. It is 2.6 miles, (Out & Back), gaining 1,161 ft elevation. The hike is steep in some parts and rock scrambling most of the way. The parking lot fills up fairly quickly, I would recommend to get there early. Scottsdale, AZ
Hiking Tips To Keep You Safe In The Arizona Heat
- 30+ SPF
- Be cautious if the weather is 90+ degrees, the heat will sneak up on you
- Bring at least 2-3Ls of water
- Hiking is like following the rules of the road, stay in your lane
- Remember, hikers going up have the right away since its harder for them to see
- Always, keep your eyes and ears open for wildlife, especially Rattlesnakes
- Never hike alone, or if you do, make sure to inform someone where you’re going
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