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Ways to Experience Phoenix Mountain Preserve
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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. Views of downtown Phoenix as well.

Date of experience: June 2014
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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

Date of experience: April 2014
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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.

Date of experience: May 2014
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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!

Date of experience: April 2014
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.

Date of experience: April 2014
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