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Stunning Sunrise or Sunset Guided Hiking Adventure in the Sonoran Desert

By Mad Desert Trekking
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Ages 13-100
Duration: 2h
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Live guide: English
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  • Backpacks
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Cold beverages following the hiking adventure
  • Sunscreen
What's not included
  • Gratuities


Start:
  • Starbucks, 3165 E Lincoln Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
    Your Mad Desert Trekking guide will meet you at Starbucks, 3165 E. Lincoln Drive, Phoenix, near the trailhead to the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. Please use the parking lot to the west. Uber and Lyft offer convenient drop-off service at the Starbucks.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Near public transportation
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 293530P4

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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    • Mad Desert Trekking
      327
      Phoenix, Arizona
      Joined in January 2021
    • carolaubrey3
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Super Sonoran Desert
      Had a great little hike with Liz this morning. We hiked part of the Ocotillo trail. Liz was very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna on the trail, and she is a great photographer too. I would highly recommend this hike to anyone who would like to experience a little taste of the Sonoran Desert. Five star for sure.
      Written February 28, 2024
    • NycLovethesun
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fun private hike with Liz!
      Liz was my amazing guide and her and Matt were so nice and accommodating my schedule to meet a little earlier. We did a 5-mile hike and were clippin’ away at it at a really good pace discussing everything from reality tv to our fave cheeseburgers. She knew good photo spots and had knowledge about the vegetation and topography.
      Written February 27, 2024
    • gocubsgo2018
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Last Minute Solo Hike
      Mad Desert Trekking accommodated me with a last minute solo hike reservation. Not only was Matt a excellent guide but he agreed to go with me to Usery Mountain Regional Park, which was not originally on his guide agenda. Matt was very friendly and informed about the native plants and the local scenery. Thank you Matt for a fun and last minute hike! Also, make sure to purchase a cool Mad Desert Trekking T-Shirt at the end of the hike - they are pretty great!
      Written February 26, 2024
    • Ross F
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Soaring to New Heights with Mad Desert Trekking: A Guided Camelback Adventure with John
      Excellent solo guided trek. John was professional, focussed on safety and easy to chat with along the route. He made sure I was comfortable on the trickier sections of the climb, and brought water and snacks to sustain us. Would highly recommend, especially if you are not super confident climbing up double diamond hiking routes!
      Written February 21, 2024
    • chantalvoorbraak
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing Trail Hike
      We had the most amazing walk with our wonderfully friendly and knowledgeable guide Liz. The scenery was stunning and the walk was perfect for our ability! We highly recommend going with Liz!
      Written February 21, 2024
    • emitch62
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful Camelback hike via Cholla route
      We had a great time climbing Camelback Mountain with our guide, John. We learned from another hiker on the trail that he's actually known locally as "Camelback Santa" who climbs Camelback Mountain every Christmas dressed as Santa and gives away thousands of candy canes! He was a warm, easy-going, and knowledgeable hiking guide for this difficult climb. We found it comforting and helpful to do this hike with someone who has obviously done it so many times. When needed, he told us the best way to step, hold on, or maneuver a certain section. In addition, we learned a lot from him about the history of the area, the city, and the plants that grew along the way. He helped to make this hike a memorable experience that we highly recommend. 
      Written February 20, 2024
    • evyenia74
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jay - the best hiking guide!
      Our guide was Jay... amazing is an understatement. I was hiking with my two teenage boys - one who would have liked to run the whole thing and one who was, shall we say, cautious. Jay was patient and so kind! He is also incredibly knowledgeable about the plants, terrain, history of the phoenix area, etc. We all loved every minute of it! Wish I could give him 6 stars!
      Written February 20, 2024
    • photeinea
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic hike
      Wonderful hike tailored perfectly to our hiking capabilities. Our guide Jay saw we could handle more and adjusted the hike so we went further and saw more than we expected. Jay was extremely knowledgeable, passing on lots of information about the history and the ecology of the desert region so could understand what we were seeing. His friendly and outgoing manner made for a fun time for us all. From planning thru the hike, Mad Desert's team was extremely attentive to our interests and our safety. Matt worked hard to put together the logistics that worked best for us. We strongly recommend Mad Desert!
      Written February 19, 2024
    • Jane H
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A hike you will always remember
      My husband and I have hiked all over the country and this hike was phenomenal. The hike was a definite challenge as it was very technical, but the view at the top is spectacular. Our guide, John, was incredible. From the day before the hike until completion of the 3 hour hike, he was extremely resourceful and helpful. For example, he contacted us the day before and suggested an earlier start time, which we took advantage of. It was very obvious once we arrived to meet John that due to crowds and temperature the early start time was highly appreciated. John had water and healthy snacks and would stop throughout the hike for us to hydrate. He told us about some of the vegetation as well as what we were looking down at as we hiked up the mountain. John took photos at great locations and at the top of the mountain had a flag for the achievement picture. Finally, given we had not done this type of technical hike, his expertise on exactly where and how to climb in some of the very narrow, steep and/or gravel slick parts was a tremendous help. He always was looking out for our safety during the climb, which we greatly appreciated. This hike and utilizing a guide is highly recommended.
      Written February 18, 2024
    • 633tracy2014
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Half-Day Guided Hiking Adventure - Overlook and East End full loop
      I booked the Fantastic Half-Day Guided Hiking Adventure on the Mad Desert Trekking website. Together with my guide David, we did the Overlook and East End full loop. The views were amazing and the weather was perfect for the hike. David was a fantastic guide with snacks and electrolyte drinks and extra water. He was also very encouraging and informative pointing out the petroglyphs on the way back. Thank you for the amazing hike!
      Written February 11, 2024
    • W2319GXmonicam
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Phoenix fun with Jay and Liz
      I hiked twice while in Phoenix one with jay one with Liz. They were both fantastic. I highly recommend Mad Desert. I have hiked all over they are amazing professional and fun.
      Written February 10, 2024
    • GinnyEE
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mad Desert Trekking
      Really enjoyed the hike today with an incredible guide - Jay. He was so knowledgeable and the flora and fauna of the region and the history of Phoenix. He made it super fun!
      Written February 1, 2024
    • katietI6999EL
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mother/Son Trip
      Fantastic hike and tour guide. Liz was the best, so kind, friendly, knowledgeable and patient. Would definitely recommend this hiking adventure, scenery is beautiful. If you book ask for Liz.
      Written January 29, 2024
    • sandralE7876NQ
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Stretch but Doable
      It was a great hike and we’d like to complement Joseph for the exceptional guidance he’s provided us. We are barely hikers and he was very patient with us. Through his careful planning and continuous motivation, we were able to make it to the top! Super proud of our accomplishment! Highly recommend this hike.
      Written January 28, 2024
    • arondee423
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great hike!
      Our hike was great. It was a beautiful morning and John was a fantastic guide. He was so personable and really took the time to explain the history of the area, details about different plants found along the trail and kept a good hiking pace for us. We thoroughly enjoyed and would highly recommend!
      Written January 28, 2024
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    John E
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our sunset hike with Matt was Amazing! Matt lead my family on a sunset hike through the Sonoran desert up to a peak to watch a beautiful sunset. Matt took the time to engage our two daughters (7 and 11 years old), taught us about the environment, and lead us back down the mountain in twilight after providing head lamps. Matt stopped often for photo opportunities and took additional photos at our request after which he kindly shared via email. Matt was conscious of keeping us hydrated, energized, and looking after out well being. I would highly recommend this hike!
    Written July 27, 2022
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    Susanna R
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2022 • Couples
    Matt was a knowledge guide who kept the group moving at a pace which worked well everyone on our hike. I suggest that you bring a lightweight jacket or wind breaker in the winter months to ward off the chill at the summit as you watch the sunset. Descending in the dark by flashlight and headlamps was not a problem thanks to Matt’s leadership. I would not have ever done this without a guide and it was well worth the money!
    Written February 22, 2022
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    Asim G
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2022 • Solo
    Absolutely amazing experience! Guide Matt is a true pro who knew all about the wildlife and took us on an amazing hike up to a promenade with sunset and city views of all of phoenix. I highly recommend this hike. We had snacks and drinks along the way as well. Fantastic!!
    Written April 2, 2022
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    sv793
    Boston, MA2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2022
    When planning to propose in the Scottsdale, AZ, I searched all the possible adventures and found the perfect plan, a sunset hike, as my fiance loves sunsets. When I read Matt's reviews, I could easily see who was someone who loves what he does and is always prepared to provide his customers the best experience. That's exactly what we found. I let Matt know that I'd be proposing and he:
    -immediately responded saying he'd make sure to take the video/pictures
    -assured me that we'd have the perfect plan
    -ended up recommending a 2nd location closer to our hotel so that we didn't have to take a 45 minute Uber to the 1st hike location.
    We can't recommend Matt, the beautiful experience and memory that we'll have for a lift time! Thank you Matt!
    Written February 13, 2022
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    msjxiong
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022 • Solo
    I booked a pretty last minute sunset hiking trip after stumbling upon Mad Trekking. My tour guide was Michael. From booking to the actual day, they kept in contact with me with directions and information, it was very helpful considering it would be my first time in Arizona.

    The hike was definitely a workout and the heat was no joke! But Michael made sure we took many breaks as needed and hiked at a steady pace. He also took the time to talk about the many different cactuses AZ had and all the different minerals/quartz along the way.

    Michael was an amazing tour guide. Being that I booked a solo trip, he made me feel comfortable and safe. He was a great photographer too, had many ideas on how to get the best sunset pic. We had funny and great conversations along the way. He even walked me back all the way to my car! Extra excellent service!!

    Would definitely recommend if you’re visiting the area or wanting to do something solo but not solo!
    Written August 3, 2022
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    Gina C
    Chicago, IL7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2021
    We LOVED this hike with our tour guide Matt. He timed it perfectly to be light enough to walk and long enough to enjoy the subtle color changes in the desert. Best of all, Matt was so enthusiastic, knowledgeable about the Sonoran Desert, and was very sensitive to our needs like electrolytes, rest and snacks. Definitely book at trip with Mad Desert Trekking!
    Written October 19, 2021
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    Bridgette
    Kingston, IL4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We absolutely loved our sunset hike with David!! He was so knowledgeable about the area and the local landscape. We were immediately at ease with him and felt completely comfortable and confident in his ability as a guide. He made sure that we had plenty of photos and seemed to have the timing down perfectly to arrive at key points along the trail at just the right moment to catch the setting sun. Throughout the hike, he encouraged us and made sure we were confident in our ability to navigate the terrain. If we needed a moment, he was quick to make sure we felt comfortable again before we moved on. Our entire experience with this company from our initial booking and communications before arrival was above and beyond. Matt and David were both a joy!! You can feel the passion they have for what they're doing, and that excitement makes for a superior quality hiking experience!! Next time we're in the area, we will definitely book another Human-Powered Adventure with MadDesertTrekking!!
    Written November 20, 2022
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    Kristi S
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2023
    I was only in Pheonix for about 12 hours, flying out very early in the morning, but decided to squeeze in a sunset desert tour. I’m so glad I did! This proved to be one of the favorite activities on my trip. My fellow hikers turned out to also be 2 solo women travelers. Liz was a fantastic guide. She did a great job of adjusting the pace to the abilities of the hike participants. She provided backpacks, snacks and water (both sparkling and still) and she played the role of photographer in addition to guide. She really knew the area and some of the local lore. (loved her story of the heart shaped rocks) The views were fantastic. If I’d have had more time I would have immediately signed on for some of the other excursions offered by Mad Desert Trekking. This hike made my short time in Pheonix a continuation of my vacation, rather than an overnight stop before flying out in the morning. Highly recommend.
    Written May 3, 2023
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    Melissa R
    Kansas City, MO1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2023 • Solo
    A sunrise hike was a last minute idea on the way to Phoenix for a quick trip, and Mad Desert made it amazing! They were responsive when I called outside office hours and got me connected with a sunrise hiking guide next day. Jay, my guide, could not have been better. He had all the supplies for a predawn hike, was great company and conversation, and made sure we were safe and stopped to enjoy key views of the moon and predawn light on our way up. The 30-40 minute hike up was very doable for this non-hiker with a few more challenging spots. Jay timed our hike perfectly and we enjoyed time on the peak watching the sun rise over Camelback mtn. So awesome! Jay had great knowledge and stories of the areas history as well. I would hike with Jay again anytime and will book with Mad Desert trekking on my next visit to Phoenix. Great experience!
    Written December 26, 2023
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    woodson strother
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2022 • Couples
    Ryan Barnett, Co-Owner and operator of Mad Desert Trekking was phenomenal. He contacted me ahead of time to ensure me and my wife knew when and where to meet him. He provided hiking backpacks, snacks and water for the hike. He let us know what to expect for the trail and hike. He asked us ahead of time about our hiking abilities and comfort levels for the trail. During the hike he made sure to check how we were doing. He also made sure to allow us to stop and take wonderful pictures which will be a part of our life long memories. He provided great conversation throughout the hike and created a memorable and fulfilling experience for me and my wife. We will recommend Ryan’s company to all our family and friends coming to the area for a hike.

    Woodson and Nadine Strother from Ohio
    Written April 25, 2022
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