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Phoenix Mountain Preserve

Phoenix, AZ (Camelback East)
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Ranked #23 of 128 Attractions in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Description: Offers more than 23,000 acres crisscrossed with trails.
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Phoenix, Arizona
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149 reviews 149 reviews
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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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Black Diamond, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

Visited the park two mornings while spending a week in Phoenix. Each day we walked/hiked for 2-3 miles on different paths. It's a great place to get that morning exercise taken care. Trails range from easy to moderate, with spectacular views from the top of the peaks. Our tween/teen kids really enjoyed the more moderate trails; they found the hikes... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

North Mountain park is at 7th street and Peoria. From there you can either sit and watch your smaller children play at the playground area or chose to climb to the top of the mountain west of the picnic area. Not a tough hike but one that will take your breath away. The choice is yours- either a paved road... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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52 reviews 52 reviews
18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

If you confine your hiking to the northern part of the Phoenix Preserve, you'll enjoy a semi-quiet experience. Avoid the major trailheads including the trail to Signal Butte.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

One of my best place to walk and enjoy the beautiful scenery! My friends love the fact that we can have fun together and at the same time exercising and commune with nature!

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