Hike the Phoenix Mountain Preserve!

 

 

The Phoenix Mountain Preserve is made up of two mountain ranges, the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and South Mountain Preserve, located in central Phoenix. The preserve serves as a municipal park, offering hiking, mountain biking, and horse trails various different access points. Hike the Phoenix Mountain Preserve!

 

Hike the Phoenix Mountain Preserve!

 

For those new to the Valley, some will find the weather enjoyable for hiking year-round, while others prefer to leave summer hiking to the early mornings and, better still, the gorgeous season from October through April.  There have been years I made it through the whole summer hiking but as time goes by I usually stop hiking in later July/August.  But hey - it's a dry heat - there really are die hard hikers all year round!

 

Should you decide to go hiking in Phoenix, make sure to wear shoes with rubber treads, pack a water bottle with a strap, slather yourself in sunscreen, and wear a hat, sunglasses, and a sleeved shirt over a tank top. Take your time, too! There are trails to suit every hiking level, from beginners to advanced hikers.

 

Phoenix Mountain Preserver Parks are open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

 

 

The major peaks of the Phoenix Mountain complex are:

  • Moon Hill
  • Lookout Mountain
  • Shadow Mountain
  • Shaw Butte (This is MY hill)
  • North Mountain
  • Echo Mountain
  • Stoney Mountain
  • Piestewa Peak (formerly Squaw Peak)
  • Mummy Mountain
  • Camelback Mountain
  • Sunnyslope Mountain

 

The mountains contain the Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area which includes the Dreamy Draw Recreation Area, Lookout Mountain Preserve, North Mountain Preserve and Piestewa Mountain Park.

 

The Dreamy Draw Recreation Area is located in the pass between the Stoney/Echo mountain ridge and Piestewa Peak known as Dreamy Draw. The name originated from the neurological effects suffered by miners who worked the area's cinnebar (mercury sulfide) mine. There is a flood prevention dam in the Dream Draw area.

 

 

Hike the Phoenix Mountain Preserve!

 

Phoenix Mountain Preserve Hikes


All throughout the Valley of the Sun, majestic mountains rise high into the sky from the neighborhoods of the city. These mountains are largely protected as preserves and parks. The Phoenix Mountain Preserve is an entire mountain range that is completely surrounded by city. Other parks such as South Mountain Park and Echo Canyon Park offer mountainous climbs with a close-up desert experience and city views.

 

Easy Hike:


Penny Howe Barrier Free Trail

Location: North Mountain Recreation Area
Length: 0.3 miles, one way
Trailhead: Seventh Street and Peoria Avenue

 

Mountain View Nature Trail
Location: North Mountain Recreation Area
Length: 1.2 miles, one way
Trailhead: Seventh Avenue north of Cheryl Drive (Mountain View Park)

 

Nature Trail
Location: Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area
Length: 1.52 miles, one way
Trailhead: Glendale Avenue & Piestewa Peak Drive

 

Lookout Mountain Circumference Trail
Location: Lookout Mountain Recreation Area
Length: 2.6 miles, one way
Trailhead: 18th Street north of Sharon Drive

 

Easy to Moderate Hike:


Quartz Ridge Trail #8

Location: Northeast of Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area
Length: 2.45 miles, one way
Trailhead: 40th Street south of Shea Boulevard

 

Charles M. Christiansen Memorial Trail
Location: Phoenix Mountain Preserve
Length: 10.7 miles, one way
Trailhead: Seventh Avenue north of Cheryl Drive (Mountain View Park), or Northern Avenue east of Piesewa Peak Parkway (Dreamy Draw Park)

 

Mohave Trail
Location: Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area
Length: 1.5 miles, one way
Trailhead: Glendale Avenue & Piestewa Peak Drive

 

Dreamy Draw Nature Trail
Location: Dreamy Draw Recreation Area
Length: 1.5 miles, one way
Trailhead: Northern Avenue east of Piestewa Peak Parkway

 

Easy to Strenuous Hike:


Quartz Ridge Trail #8A

Location: Phoenix Mountains Parks and Recreation Area
Length: 1.7 miles, one way
Trailhead: 32nd Street and Lincoln Drive

 

Moderate to Strenuous Hike:


Perl Charles Memorial Trail

Location: Northwest of Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area
Length: 4.8 miles, one way
Trailhead: Myrtle Avenue west of Piestewa Peak Parkway

 

North Mountain National Trail
Location: North Mountain Recreation Area
Length: 1.6 miles, one way

 

Summit Trail
Location: Piestewa Peak
Length: 1.2 miles, one way
Trailhead: Glendale Avenue & Piestewa Peak Drive (Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area)

 

Freedom Trail
Location: Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area
Length: 3.74 miles, one way
Trailhead: Glendale Avenue & Piestewa Peak Drive

 

Strenuous Hike:


Lookout Mountain Summit Trail

Location: Lookout Mountain Recreational Area
Length: 0.6 miles, one way
Trailhead: 16th Street south of Greenway Parkway

 

 

 Hike the Phoenix Mountain Preserve!

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Comments

Anna, It looks like there is a hiking trail for every level of active people! Fantastic!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Prado Real Estate South) almost 9 years ago

There is  from very very easy with kids to heavy duty work outs!  Great for biking as well. It's absoltuly gorgeous!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) almost 9 years ago

The first time I went to Phoenix was with a friend who was going to be hiking with a large group. I spend my time touring Phoenix.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) almost 9 years ago

Hi Jim....thanks for stopping by.  Hope you had a great time in Phoenix.  Next time your in town stop by and say hi!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) almost 9 years ago

I have one question about hiking there....snakes?

Posted by Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale (MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living) about 1 year ago

Dear Anna,

Looks nice right about now.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) about 1 year ago

I was curious to see the big picture so I came over from the cleanup post. This makes me want to get out there for a hike. 

Dana 

Posted by Dana Basiliere, Making deals "Happen" (Rossi & Riina Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Great post, Anna! Glad I came across it because there are so many things on my blog posts, both here and on my site, that should be cleaned up. Hope you're well.

Posted by Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (FALCON PROPERTY SOLUTIONS ) about 1 year ago

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