Hiking in Phoenix
Disclaimer: Hiking can be a dangerous endeavor, and you should always make sure that you take precautions to protect yourself. First, make sure you have an ample amount of drinking water; you don’t want to share with the scorpions! Second, always have a plan. Be sure to tell someone that you are venturing out in the great outdoors! Whether it is a family member or concierge at your hotel, it is always safer to have someone keeping track of you. That way if something happens we can send the helicopters to find you; yes you will make the news if this happens.
Now that we have the pleasantries out of the way, let’s talk about hiking in Phoenix and the adventure that goes along with it. So you’re coming to Phoenix and you want to explore some of our dessert without venturing too far? Well you’re in luck because we are surrounded by beautiful mountains and deserts that offer adventure for all.
The most known and famous is Camelback Mountain. Resembling the hump and head of a knelling Camel, Camelback Mountain stands at 2,707’. Perfect for that early morning workout. Echo Canyon Trail is 1.2 miles to the summit. Expect the round trip hike to take about 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on your level of experience. I would highly recommend taking an Uber ride from your lodging to the trail head as parking is limited and fills quickly.
The Phoenix Mountain Preserve includes two separate parks with multiple trail heads. There are 6 trails within the parks that are rated as easy/moderate. Ranging in distance from 0.4 miles to 10.7, you could spend the whole day getting lost in these parks. These connected parks offer more options to families and those with disabilities. The parks host better parking lots and also bathroom facilities. You are likely to see some short of wildlife activity when on these trails as there is a larger area of protection for the park.
If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, then Phoenix is the place for you! Located on the east side, Papago Park is home to the hole in the rock, a natural geological formation.If you happen to be in Phoenix after a rainfall, be sure to check out the White Tank Mountains. Here, you’ll find a beautiful waterfall cascading down in the middle of the mountain.
After all that outdoor adventure you will definitely want to cool off with some delicious food and refreshing drinks. Head over to Chelsea’s Kitchen located at 40th street and Camelback Road. This local organic restaurant will be the perfect way to end your day. And don’t worry about hiking to the restaurant, it’s all valet parking!