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Old 02-16-2010, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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So I'm trying to find some good places to hike around or even to just walk on trails; not anything thats an intense work out; but more to get a low-level work out and to just enjoy the beautiful weather before it hits 100 again. I live around bell and 14th street but driving a little isnt really an issue for me so if its on the otherside of town thats ok for me! I just dont want to go somewhere thats gone down hill -- the tagging, litter, etc that ive seen at a few places.
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Old 02-16-2010, 07:36 PM
 
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Thumbs up Try the Phx Mountain Prserve

You might want to try some of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve areas. The parks are all over the city and easy to get to, all of them have different types of trails to use. Some of the trails are all up hill and steep others are simply very easy and wander around the base of the mountains or in between them. I enjoy the hiking trails at 7th street just south of Thunderbird Rd. on the west side across from the Hilton Point Tapatio Resort. They have trails that will fit any request, long short, steep or easy. This time of year the flowers are starting to come out in bloom and most everything is green.

Iíve also enjoyed the Maricopa County Park out north of Fountain Hills. They have lots of trails as well, and a very enjoyable view.

Happy hiking.
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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The Phx Mtns off of 7th St are good. Lots of trails there. Another place is Dreamy Draw Park E. of the 51 on Northern. You can also find some trails S. of Shea on 40th St.
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Old 02-16-2010, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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Yeah, I was gonna say Dreamy Draw at Northern and the 51 too. All the trails that meander around the northside of Squaw/Piestewa Peak are real nice to get lost in. Especially now that wildflower season is coming. I've seen TWO desert tortoises in there and a lot of other great wild life.

If you really don't mind driving, take Central Ave. straight up South Mountain to the top and find the Hidden Valley parking lot/trailhead. You'll see the trail head east along the ridge. It goes for miles and, honestly, it's really pretty untouched desert. Really old, thick patches of Saguaros, tons of big lizards, and I've seen javelinas up close many times there.
The trail goes for a few miles along the top of the ridge there and it's not difficult. Find the Hidden Valley Loop. It has a natural tunnel the trail goes through and lots of crazy hoodoo rocks and little nooks and cranneys.
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Old 02-16-2010, 11:17 PM
 
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The Gateway, which enters the McDowell Mountain Range just north of Bell on Thompson Peak Parkway, is really beautiful and has a ton of great hiking trails.
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Old 02-24-2010, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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ive been to south mountain but always stopped at the look out to see the view - i think ill definately check out that one and probably the rest too - thanks everyone!
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Old 02-24-2010, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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The best place to hike, IMO, is Pinnacle Peak. Its in a safe neighborhood, has pretty good views, LOTS of huge boulders, nicely groomed paths, easily walkable (nothing extreme like parts of Camelback, etc). The Phoenix Mountain Preserves are iffy. There is absolutely no shade to be found anywhere in there, and if youre like me and have hiked in early summer, not having any shade around is extremely annoying and dangerous. South Mountain? I thought it was highly overrated. Mummy Mountain was one of the better hikes in the area, but nothing extraordinary.
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Old 03-28-2010, 11:31 AM
 
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Wow, lots of those places sound great! I've always loved hiking the east side of camelback mountain (the cholla trail). the west side is nice too (Summit trail) but it's steeper and much busier and from what I remember, less scenic.

Mod cut...no links, recommendations with less than 10 posts...

I also love hiking the superstitions...siphon draw, peralta trail. They're my fave mountains in the world, so pretty.

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Old 03-28-2010, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Default Peralto Trail

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So I'm trying to find some good places to hike around or even to just walk on trails; not anything thats an intense work out; but more to get a low-level work out and to just enjoy the beautiful weather before it hits 100 again. I live around bell and 14th street but driving a little isnt really an issue for me so if its on the otherside of town thats ok for me! I just dont want to go somewhere thats gone down hill -- the tagging, litter, etc that ive seen at a few places.

My favorite is Peralto Trail on the back side of Superstition Mountain past Gold Canyon...really great hike.
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:20 PM
 
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I agree with Steve-o, Pinnacle Peak is my favorite as well. The most scenic and picturesque by far.
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