Our Top 5 Favorite Phoenix Hikes
Holbert Trail, South Mountain
We've done Holbert Trail to Dobbins Lookout a couple times now. Roughly four miles out and back, this hike is great no matter what time of day you go—although I love it best at sunset. That's when you'll get a fantastic view of Phoenix city lights slowly coming to life beneath mountains made purple by the setting sun.
Cholla Trail, Camelback Mountain
Camelback Mountain is one of those hikes everyone tells you to do when you come to Phoenix—meaning it can get pretty packed, but it's definitely a hike worth battling the crowd for.
There are two hikes on Camelback, Cholla and Echo Canyon. Both are about two and a half miles out and back and each has its pros and cons. Cholla requires more endurance while Echo Canyon is more physical and involves quite a bit of scrambling.
Tom's Thumb, McDowell Sonoran Preserve
It's been awhile since I've hiked Tom's Thumb with WoA, but I remember really enjoying the trail. It's about four miles out and back and offers some breathtaking views of the valley—and some fun times scrambling over the "thumb".
Butcher Jones, Saguaro Lake
It's not very often we get to hike along a lake in Arizona—that's what we love about Butcher Jones. The out-and-back hike is roughly five miles and follows the banks of the Salt River and Saguaro Lake, giving you a variety of beautiful scenery. The recreation area at the trailhead is also a great spot to enjoy a potluck brunch afterwards.
Flatiron via Siphon Draw, Superstition Mountains
I have yet to hike Flatiron with WoA, but I love it so much I have to throw it in here. At six miles out and back with a near 3,000-foot elevation gain, it's the toughest, yet most rewarding, hike I've done in the Phoenix area.
What's your favorite Phoenix hike? Let us know in the comments!