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“best hikes in phx”

Phoenix Mountain Preserve
Ranked #23 of 228 things to do in Phoenix
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Owner description: Offers more than 23,000 acres crisscrossed with trails.
Phoenix, Arizona
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“best hikes in phx”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

central phx. includes "piestewa peak" squaw peak. several trails.
easy to fairly hard (summit trail) good parking. bring water and have good hiking shoes or boots

Visited July 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Sky Island in the city”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

I can't think of another urban setting where you have literally miles of rugged trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. There are multiple entry sites. No fee. Plenty of parking. The Visitors Center at North Mountain is spectacular. There are photo exhibits of wildlife taken right there in the Preserve. Great great trails. Be sure to take plenty of water and a hat in the warmer months. Sunscreen is a must. Always yield to horses! Keep dogs on leash.

Visited July 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“The desert in bloom in the center of Phoenix; Great dog walk!”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

There are many trails throughout the mountain preserve area, with several different trailheads. Parking can be a challenge, so get there early. I enjoy taking my dog for walks along the trails in the springtime, and I've hiked with groups of people for miles. A very nice desert experience without having to leave the city. Be sure to carry plenty of water and stay on the trail!

Visited April 2013
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Cleveland, Ohio
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“Beautiful Scenery, Limited Parking”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

We stopped here to hike before heading to a spring training game. Once we entered the preserve, it was extremely difficult to find a parking space. We had to drive all the way to the back of the preserve to find one. Since we were so far back, we just hiked one of the trails near the parking lot, although we would like to go back and try the summit. The scenery and wild life were beautiful They do a nice job of marking the trails as well. The hikes seem to be a little more strenuous than they appear on the maps, especially if you aren't used to hiking on loose rocks.

Visited March 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“A surprisingly lovely preserve”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

We came here for a morning hike before going to a spring training game. There are many trails to choose from. Since this was our first time here, we decided to hike the closest trail to the parking lot. Since the weather can get up to the high 80's and 90's, it's best to start early. There were many people here at 8am, some with their dogs. It's too bad we only had a few hours to explore the Preserve.
We will be back next year to hike and explore more trails on the Preserve.

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