Guidebook

In the Valley of the Sun: Best Hikes near Phoenix, AZ

Don't just admire the mountains from inside with the AC, get out there and explore the stunning desert surrounding Metro Phoenix.

Description

Phoenix lies in Arizona’s Valley of the Sun, where a huge metro area bathes in sunshine and warmth year round. The climate is part of the attraction for millions of residents, and the backdrop to the city skyline is a ring of rugged mountains. Ironically, though, the outdoors are often overlooked as a major asset of Metro Phoenix. The surrounding Sonoran Desert holds a bounty of peaks, canyons, cactus forests, wildflowers, even rivers and lakes awaiting exploration. Triple-digit temperatures can indeed be a deterrent to getting outside, but timing with cooler parts of the day or year is an exercise well worth the wonders you’ll find in the desert. The sprawling metro area is actually bordered by mountainous open space and wilderness areas with extensive trails and remote backcountry. Here are 7 of the best hikes to get you started exploring near Phoenix.

Pipeline Canyon Trail to Yavapai Point

Pipeline Canyon Trail to Yavapai Point

7.7 km
Desert hike with a swimming spot and big vistas in the hills around Lake Pleasant.
Private
Fat Man's Pass via National Trail

Fat Man's Pass via National Trail

5.5 km
Hike through mountaintop saguaro forest to a natural playground of boulders.
Private
Peralta Canyon Trail to Weavers Needle

Peralta Canyon Trail to Weavers Needle

7.3 km
Hike to a view of Weavers Needle, the most recognizable peak in the Superstition Mountains.
Private
Piestewa Peak

Piestewa Peak

3.7 km
A classic hike with 360-degree views atop Piestewa Peak.
Private
Camelback Mountain via Echo Canyon Trail

Camelback Mountain via Echo Canyon Trail

3.5 km
The more adventurous of two trails leading to the best view over Phoenix and Scottsdale
Private
Mesquite/Willow Canyon Loop

Mesquite/Willow Canyon Loop

13.4 km
A remote and beautiful hike through the rugged White Tank Mountains.
Private
Siphon Draw Trail to The Flatiron

Siphon Draw Trail to The Flatiron

8.6 km
Climb to one of the best views in the Superstitions, up a steep canyon with rock scrambling required.
Private