Arizona hiking trails are stunning and diverse and include the mountain and desert terrain in the region of Tucson, Scottsdale, and Phoenix to the wilderness backcountry, slot canyons, White Mountains, Grand Canyon, and Arizona lakes in the northern region.
Whether you are searching for the easy or strenuous Arizona hiking, there are many day-hikes or longer to experience for everyone.
Here are four of the best Arizona hiking trails for the vacationer or resident:
Camelback Mountain is a perfect hiking destination for the locals or tourists in the Phoenix area. A hike to the top of the trail will see an increase in elevation of 2704-ft.
For any experienced hiker, the path starting at Echo Canyon Trailhead can be completed with ease and within a short time-frame (this trail is ideal for the complete beginner).
A preferred time to start hiking the Camelback Mountain is in the AM to avoid most of the midday heat. A round trip to walk the trail will take about 2.5 hours.
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Lost Dutchman State Park
The Lost Dutchman State Park includes the Superstition Mountains which are found within about a 1-hour drive of Phoenix. Start the trail at Siphon Draw Trailhead and begin with a slight climb on the hiking path.
While making your way to the mountain base there is a lot of loose rock to contend with so make sure to pay special attention. This hiking trail is about two and a half miles in length and has an elevation gain of about 2,400-ft.
Once arriving near the top there is a big outcrop known as the flatiron which gives a stunning view of the surrounding wilderness.
Browns Peak is situated near Tortilla Flat and measures approximately 4.8 miles in length (return trip). The hiking trail begins with a slight incline and features a beautiful forest location.
The rating for Browns Peak is moderate to difficult and not the best choice for the complete beginner. The path leading through the forest has a lot of loose rock so it is necessary to be cautious and mind the footing.
In order to get to the top of the trail, the hands must be used to do some mild climbing. A preferred time to hike Browns Peak is throughout the spring and fall, while in summer the weather can be too hot and during the winter the peaks can be snow-covered.
Havasu Fall (also referred to as Havasupai Waterfalls) is a world-famous hiking area and situated within the Havasupai Indian Reservation.
Before being able to sign up for this Arizona hiking trail it is necessary to apply for the proper permit for both camping and hiking. Starting at the trailhead, the path leading up to the waterfall is in the region of 20 miles.
The hike to the campground is downhill but this does mean that the return journey is the more difficult climb up – although for extra assistance the hikers can be accompanied by mules.
Matt Green, is an avid hiker and lover of the great outdoors. He is always planning his next big trip or hitting the trails for a solo hike.
He’s traveled extensively to many remote regions and has plenty of experience exploring various terrains, and stories to tell.