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“40th St. Trailhead south of Shea Blvd. is less crazy and easier hiking!”

Phoenix Mountain Preserve
Ranked #15 of 238 things to do in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Offers more than 23,000 acres crisscrossed with trails.
Reviewed May 9, 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 Peak, so hiking is easier but you can go up the Yates trail for more of a challenge. There are restrooms, water and shaded tables at the trailhead. When you leave, head up 40th Street and take a right on Shea. Go east one mile to the intersection of Tatum and Shea. The Fry's grocery store has a very nice outdoor, shaded seating area where you can grab a drink, relax and refuel. There are other restaurants and coffee spots at that intersection too.

13  Thank CactusGary
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"great hiking"
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"piestewa peak"
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"summit trail"
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"visitor center"
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"varying difficulty"
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"desert hiking"
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"vista views"
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"huffing and puffing"
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"perfect length"
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"small parking lot"
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"well marked trails"
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"nice scenery"
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"city limits"
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"nice hike"
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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!

2  Thank cara l
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

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 a great adventure. The trails are pretty well marked, but still leave enough 'rough' terrain to really make you feel like you're accomplishing something as you wander.

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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 or a typical desert mountain trail. we chose the trail. It a 5 year old can do it- you can too!

1  Thank dlemicetic1
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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.

3  Thank oldaztravelers
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