Whether you live in Scottsdale or a surrounding city, are visiting for the weekend, or the season, hiking is probably a weekly occurrence, especially this time of the year. But with so many trails and mountains in the Valley of the Sun, how is anyone supposed to pick and choose where to hike each weekend? Below are three of our favorite
hiking trails in and near Scottsdale.
1. Camelback Mountain
Camelback Mountain is definitely one of the most popular hiking spots in all of Phoenix. Named after its obvious “camelback” shape, the camel’s back can literally be seen from miles away, making it a true icon for the state of Arizona!
There are two main trails on the mountain; Echo Trail and Cholla Trail. The Echo Trail is considered by most to be the more difficult of the two. It requires quite a bit more rock-climbing than the Cholla Trail. Both trails are tough in their own right, but the end view is definitely worth the struggle.
2. McDowell Sonoran Preserve
The McDowell Sonoran Preserve
is home to 120 miles of non-motorized and multi-use trails, making it a favorite for many Arizona natives. There are a total of 8 trailheads, giving hikers a wide variety and ability to change up their hikes on a regular basis.
3. Pinnacle Peak Park
Pinnacle Peak Park reaches 2,889 feet at its highest point on the trail. There is only one trailhead at Pinnacle Peak Park, which can be too limiting for some. However, the trail reaches a total of 1.75 miles each way. Note that this trail is not a loop, so hikers often hike all the way to the end, and then head back, allowing them to pass quite a few stopping points such as Owl’s Rest along the way.
Camelback Mountain, McDowell Sonoran Preserve and Pinnacle Peak Park are our top three choices when it comes to hiking in and around the Scottsdale area. Be sure to check them out next time you decide to take in all that our state has to offer!
Here in Arizona, hiking is something that most residents and visitors do on a more than regular basis. Unfortunately, with hiking often comes knee and ankle problems; especially for those older hikers. Luckily, with Prolotherapy, you can heal the pain without having to go through surgery. For more information on Prolotherapy and how it works, call us at 480-907-3917 or contact us here.