Hiking

Camelback (Cholla)

Scottsdale

ft. gain/loss

difficulty

mile(s)

Directions/Parking: "Cholla Trailhead Camelback" - park along 64th St. but extremely busy and difficult to find spots.

Time: 2 hours

2.4

1558

Hard

Camelback (Echo Canyon)

Scottsdale

ft. gain/loss

difficulty

mile(s)

Directions/Parking: "Echo Canyon Recreation Area" -  $5 /day with very limited spots and extremely busy. Some parking on nearby streets but check for markings because they will tow.

Time: 3 hours

2.4

1423

Hard

Sunrise Peak

Scottsdale

ft. gain/loss

difficulty

mile(s)

Directions/Parking: "Sunrise Trailhead" - limited spots and busy. You can usually park along E. Via Linda.

Time: 2 hours

3.6

1112

Moderate

Sycamore Creek/Falls

Williams

ft. gain/loss

difficulty

mile(s)

Directions/Parking: (35°09'22.0"N 112°00'34.1"W)

Time: 6-7 hours

11

1200

Moderate

Pinnacle Peak

(North) Scottsdale/Cave Creek

ft. gain/loss

difficulty

mile(s)

Directions/Parking: "Pinnacle Peak Trailhead" - limited parking and busy but can usually find parking along Alma School Rd.

Time: 2 hours

3.5

1020

Moderate

Gateway

North Scottsdale

ft. gain/loss

difficulty

mile(s)

Directions/Parking: "McDowell Sonoran Preserve Gateway Trail" - lots of spots, usually doesn't fill up.

Time: 2.5 hours

4.2

715

Easy

Fossil Springs

Strawberry (Tonto National Forest)

ft. gain/loss

difficulty

mile(s)

Directions/Parking: "Fossil Springs Trail" - limited spots and very busy during Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Time: 5 hours

Tips: bathrooms at the trailhead, no water along the trail.

8.5

1448

Moderate

Piestewa Peak

Phoenix

ft. gain/loss

difficulty

mile(s)

Directions/Parking: "Piestewa Peak Trailhead" - limited spots and busy. No additional parking close to the trailhead.

Time: 2 hours

2.2

1151

Hard

Tom's Thumb

North Scottsdale

ft. gain/loss

difficulty

mile(s)

Directions/Parking: "Toms Thumb Trailhead" - limited availability but doesn't usually fill up.

Time: 3 hours

4

1236

Hard

Watson Lake Trail

Prescott

ft. gain/loss

difficulty

mile(s)

Directions/Parking: "Watson Lake" - small turn-off with limited parking but additional parking down the 89A further.

Time: 2 hours

4.8

400

Easy

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