Phoenix offers astounding beauty for those who are willing to go out and find it! The desert scenes are absolutely breathtaking and it doesn't take much to get out of the city and reconnect with nature. One of the best ways to spend some quality time with the great outdoors is by going for a hike. There is something deep down within humans that yearns to return to a simpler time, and heading out for a walk under an open sky is a great way to do it! Here are a few of our favorite hikes around Phoenix for every level of hiker.
Casual Day Tripper
If you are new to hiking, hiking with older or younger folks, or just want a nice stroll with a beautiful view, Blevins Trail in Usury Mountain Regional Park just east of Mesa is a terrific option. There is very little change in elevation on this 3-mile loop, but there is plenty of gorgeous scenery to take in. It is less of a hike and more of a long, pretty walk. But even on this short hike, don't forget to bring plenty of water! This is also a good trail to bring a dog, but they should be kept on a leash.
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Some people are up for more of a challenge and for them we recommend Pinnacle Peak in, you guessed it, Pinnacle Peak Park! This picturesque hike does climb, but the elevation is gradual and doesn't provide too much of a challenge. You'll get a good long look at plenty of desert flowers, interesting cacti, and maybe even some wild animals! This Scottsdale park is about a 45-minute drive from downtown Phoenix, so be sure to account for travel time in your plans.
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For the more seasoned hiker looking for a challenging trail with a rewarding view, check out the Echo Canyon Trail on Camelback Mountain This trail takes you to an elevation over 2,700 feet and brings you to an absolutely stunning view of the world below you! There are plenty of sections of this hike that require climbing, scrambling up steep inclines, and hopping from boulder to boulder, so make sure you are up to the challenge before taking on Echo Canyon Trail.
There is no better way to experience a beautiful day in the outdoors than on a trail with the dirt under your feet and the open sky above you! Share your hiking pics with us on Facebook or Instagram, and be sure to keep following our blog Broadstone Roosevelt Row here for more Phoenix adventures.