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Phoenix Mountain Preserve

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Neighborhood: Camelback East
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Address: Phoenix, AZ
Description: Offers more than 23,000 acres crisscrossed with trails.

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Excellent Mountain Park System

I grew up in Arizona in the 60's, and we took it for granted that the desert would always be there. But fortunately as the houses gobbled up all the good terrain, a few leaders... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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Ossining, New York
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Ossining, New York
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81 reviews 81 reviews
23 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I grew up in Arizona in the 60's, and we took it for granted that the desert would always be there. But fortunately as the houses gobbled up all the good terrain, a few leaders had the foresight to preserve some of the best areas. I remember the political battles with people that didn't want to spend the money or... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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89 reviews 89 reviews
42 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Very undulating, very arresting landscapes, great hiking i would imagine and a wild place to visit Quite desolate too so one must like stark solitude-inducing vistas

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Madison Heights, Michigan
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This park in Phoenix has so many trails that rank from easy to difficult. There are many challenges for different skill sets. I love the summit trail . I have done that trail around 50 times. The circumference trail is a nice challenge too. There is a good amount of parking spaces and the park is clean. Well marked trails... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It is to the north of Phoenix what South Mountain Park is to the south. There are many many miles of hiking trails that connect a couple of parks so it is spread across the north of Phoenix.

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Overland Park, KS
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129 reviews 129 reviews
35 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Excellent set of trails easily accessible (although not a ton of parking) and with some cool views. While in town we had a few hours to kill and simply went hiking--really enjoyed it and hope to get back soon for more exploration.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This is an excellent hiking area even though it's in the middle of the city, you feel as if you're in the middle of the desert. I used to live close by and miss hiking these trails after work as it was such a relaxing way to incorporate some exercise and zen moments into the day. I would often take... More 

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Chose to do the Shaw Butte trail as a warm up for Mt Piestewa the next morning. Went from North Mountain Visitor Centre. You start with a short flat walk along trail 100, then intersect to trail 306 where I went right. The trail stays quite flat until you get round to the next car park when it becomes a... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

The Phoenix Mountain Preserve has some of the best variety of trails, difficulty, views and trail heads from which to choose. I usually start my hikes on the 40th Street (south of Shea), Tatum (near Doubletree) or top of 32nd Street & Lincoln. The trails are well maintained with good varieties of desert plants. Each of these three trail heads... More 

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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We did Piestewa Summit without reading a review, which would have been extremely helpful, as we love to hike, but are not in the best of physical shape. So it took us 1.5 hours to do what others do in 45 mins (show offs), anyway. The trek is totally worth the view. But do take your time, pull off to... More 

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Phoenix, AZ
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Relatively easy hike with fantastic views of North Phoenix. Many places to explore. Quite interesting to feel like you are in peoples back yards and yet be far away from everything

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