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Best Phoenix Hikes for Beginners

Best Phoenix hikes for beginnersIn Phoenix you can find hikes ranging from quick 30 minute strolls to vigorous 3 day excursions. If you’re looking for a good beginner hike you definitely want to try one of the hundreds of hikes around the Phoenix area. When you stay in a Phoenix or Scottsdale vacation rental, you have a great home base after a day out in nature! Here are few of the best hikes for beginners in Phoenix.

Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain is named for it’s resemblance to a kneeling camel. This is one of the more strenuous beginner hikes, but it shouldn’t take more than three hours to complete round trip. The Cholla trail is the one you want to try if you’re looking for a beginner hike. At 1.4 miles it is slightly longer than the other trails, but it offers a more leisurely path up the mountain compared to its more strenuous counterpart, Echo Canyon Trail. The scenery on this0 hike is beautiful and definitely shouldn’t be missed. These hikes are very popular so you’ll want to get there early in order to get a parking spot.

Piestewa Peak

This short but steep hike is a great way to get to know the locals in Phoenix and to meet new people. One of the more popular hikes in the area, there’s always hikers going up and down. With it’s step like layout it offers a more structured hike for the beginner. Just think of it like climbing a large staircase! This hike is located in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve in north Phoenix. Click here for a map of the area!

Papago Park

For those beginning hikers who’d like to stay within city limits, Papago Park is a great option. Distinguished by the beautiful red rocks, Papago Park is a local favorite hiking and recreation spot. Probably one of the easiest hikes you’ll encounter on your hiking venture, Papago Park Loop Trail is used by many people as a running trail. It is on the long side though – at 4 miles this might not be a hike you’ll finish if it’s your first time out on the trail, but the minimal elevation gain (only 50 feet) makes it ideal for a leisurely walk or even a jog or run.

North Mountain

Another Phoenix mountain with stunning views of the city, North Mountain offers many different hiking trails to satisfy everyone in your party – from short and simple to long and strenuous. Try the Penny Howe Nature Trail for a very short (.3 miles) and easy nature walk. Or for something a bit longer take a look at Maxine Lakin Nature Trail, which comes in at 1.2 miles. And this mountain park is equipped with ramadas and picnic tables so pack a lunch and make a day of it!