Phoenix Hikes

The best hikes near Phoenix, AZ.

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» Camelback Mountain, Echo Canyon Park This in-town rite of passage climbs 1,200 feet in a mile, rewarding hikers with pocket wilderness and cliffside Phoenix views. Miles from city center 13; Trip ID 26591

» Siphon Draw Trail, Superstition Wilderness Desert rats will love this six-mile round-trip, with 3,000 feet of elevation gain and fun scrambling through eerie rock formations. “Views on Siphon Draw and from the Flatiron are unparalleled,” says the club’s Charles Liu. After 1.8 miles, climb 1,500 feet of rocky class 3 and 4 slopes. Add .4 mile to summit the massive top of 4,980-foot Flatiron. Tip: Camp here for fantastic sunsets over Phoenix. Miles from city center 41; Trip ID47108

» Peralta Trail to Geronimo Cave, Superstition Wilderness Find Phoenix’s best hoodoos on a 4.6-mile loop just east of town. This desert hike is justifiably popular, so at mile three, lose the crowds on a short, hard-to-follow slickrock climb through stone spires toward the yawning, cool Geronimo Cave. Miles from city center 48; Trip ID 250144

» Picketpost Mountain, Tonto NF This cliffy fortress rises nearly 2,000 feet from the desert floor. Scramble four miles round-trip through cholla, barrel, prickly pear, and saguaro cactus to 360-degree views of Phoenix, the Weaver’s Needle rock formation, and the Superstition Mountains. Miles from city center 67; Trip ID8817

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