Hiking In & Around Phoenix, Arizona

The Travel Architect

Suggested Prereading: A Hybrid Trip to Phoenix, Arizona


A recent trip to the Arizona capital gave me the opportunity to hike several urban mountain trails. Below are my takeaways. My hope is that you can use this information the next time you find yourself in Phoenix with an urge to get your Edmund Hillary on.

Day 1: Camelback Mountain via Echo Canyon Trail

Summarizing Phrase: Bustling Bouldering

View on the walk from Mountain Shadows to the trailhead

Trail Type: Currently out-and-back, but someday the Cholla trail to the summit will reopen and then it could be a point-to-point.

Description: If you enjoy bouldering and don’t mind a heart-pounding workout on steep grades, this is the route for you.  Reasonably centrally located within the greater Phoenix area (a mile’s walk from Mountain Shadows where we were staying and 20 minutes by car from downtown) and offering the highest…

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