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Phoenix Mountain Preserve

Phoenix, AZ (Camelback East)
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Ranked #18 of 93 Attractions in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Owner description: Offers more than 23,000 acres crisscrossed with trails.
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

Nice to go hiking just a short distance from our hotel in Phoenix. Hiked the Quartz Ridge Trail. It took a couple attempts to find the location and parking in a neighborhood . Didn't see an official park entrance. But a very good hike for beginners new to area. Bring lots of water! It can get hot even in November.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

There are an extensive set of trails in the above region/ During the summer I did hies starting from Dreamy Draw in the afternoon (6 pm). Now that it is getting darker in the evenings, prefer to do hikes in the morning. Monday morning s, I hike into PMP starting as 6:30 am at 32nd St about 1/2 mile south... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I am a Phoenix native and for me the desert landscape is lovely. I enjoy hiking in this area because there are so many trails. You can stay in the flats or hike up and down the rolling hills. It is great to exercise, get fresh air and enjoy the good views. I really enjoy this spot for a sunrise... More

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Lone Tree, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 via mobile

We stayed at Pointe Hilton at Squaw Peak and I found the Phoenix Mountain Park about a mile and a half walk from the hotel. We were only at the hotel 2 days and I walked over while my wife attended a conference. There's a main paved trail with dirt trails branching off. I only hiked a couple of the... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

While more locals and visitors hike Camelback and Piestewa, this may be a more suitable location if you want a more moderate hike (less elevation) or seek easier parking. There are two major parking areas--the larger one has a very nice Visitor Center while the smaller one lies closer to the North Mountain trail. There are also smaller parking areas... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is one of my most favorite hikes! There is plenty of parking at the Visitor Center. From this point you can head West up to Shaw Butte, or head East on Trail 100 to the Preserve. I prefer hiking on the preserve because to me it's more scenic without burning your lungs off from hiking steep hills. The Preserve... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Nice place to catch a quick hike or trail run close to Phoenix. There are several trails. You'll most likely encounter mountain bikers and people walking their dogs as well. You can access the trails from several areas and neighborhoods. Drive to the end, park and off you go! Make sure to bring enough water. Lovely sunrise and sunset views.... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

I stayed at the hotel across the road and hiked over for three separate hikes. The Shaw Butte trail was beautiful and rewards you with a great view of Phoenix at the summit. If you have knee problems, I'd recommend doing this loop clockwise to avoid a really steep and sometime loose rock on the descent. Mark

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

On a nice day, the main trailhead for the Mountain Preserve off Lincoln Dr. can be a zoo and parking impossible. But the trailhead at the end of 40th St. south of Shea Blvd. is usually more civilized. And if the parking lot fills up there, you can park on the adjacent streets. The trails start out flat, unlike Piestewa... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

The Preserve is beautiful and well-maintained. I found it best to start at the Dreamy Draw Trailhead, where there is a paved trail emergin from the parking lot. There are some gorgeous views while hiking here!

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