Before the summer brings triple-digit heat, Spring is one of the best times to hit up some of the best hiking trails in Arizona. With comfortable temperatures, flowers in bloom, and little rain, most Arizonans take full advantage of the Spring hiking season. These trails are perfect for a Spring hike and most are within driving distance of the Phoenix area.
- Cholla Trail
As part of the trail system on Camelback Mountain, this challenging 3-miler will give you some of the most stunning view of the Phoenix area. The Cholla trail is rated as a difficult trail and includes a challenging scramble at the final edge. You’ll need a good pair of hiking boots for this trail since you’ll truly be mountaineering at the end.
- Tom’s Thumb
Just North of Scottsdale, Tom’s Thumb includes an ascension up a rock spire and an incredibly smooth trail surface. It’s namesake is a towering granite slab at the turn-around point. This is also a great trail to add to your list if you’re a trail runner. Be sure to bring your own water for this particular trail since there is no water along the trail itself.
- Pipeline Canyon Trail
A shorter trail, Pipeline Canyon has areas for birdwatching, fishing, and swimming at Lake Pleasant. If you’re looking for a family-friendly trail, this is a great hike to put on the top of your list. Expect to spend the day here swimming, hiking, or kayaking on Lake Pleasant.
- Peralta Canyon Trail
One of the most popular hiking trails on the Superstition Mountains, you’ll get great views of the Weaver’s Needle formation which is rumored to be loaded with gold. Many hikers set their turn-around at the Fremont Saddle, which is a popular destination point, so don’t expect much solitude on this trail. There are several stream crossings, so be sure to pack appropriate footwear.
- Yavapai Point Trail
The Yavapai Point Trail is the next section of trail following the Pipeline Canyon Trail and offers amazing views of Lake Pleasant. In the springtime, burros are known to gather along this trail, so be on the lookout! At the end of the trail you’ll reach Yavapai Point and be rewarded with spectacular views of Hell’s Canyon and Baldy Mountain. This is a great trail for those looking for a shorter trail with more difficulty.
Before the summer heat sets in, gather your gear and enjoy the challenge, fantastic spring flora, and scenic views long these popular Arizona hiking trails! Be sure to check out more of our favorite Arizona hiking trail guides, along with camping and travel tips.