Before the temperatures reach triple digits, now is the time to try out some new trails around the Valley. Regardless of what area of Arizona you live in or are visiting, there are plenty of hiking trails to explore. This weekend, try out one of these three hiking trails:
Round-trip Distance: 4 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,150 feet
Located on the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, the Sunrise Trail is one of the Preserve’s more difficult hikes with a 4-mile out-and-back hike with over a 1,100-foot elevation change. While difficult, the hike is very rewarding with expansive views of the McDowell Mountains, Fountain Hills, Four Peaks, Scottsdale and Phoenix.
Quartz Peak Trail
Round-Trip Distance: 5.25 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,473 feet
This trail starts by following an old four-wheel-drive track that leads you through the 14,400-acre Sierra Estrella Wilderness. The climb can be steep and poorly marked at times with some bouldering but the hard work is well worth it. The views from Quartz Peak are spectacular and the peak is made up of white quartz.
Big Butte Loop Trail
Round-Trip Distance: 3.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 180 feet
If you’re looking for an easier hike, head over to Papago Park to this multi-purpose path that circumnavigates one of the larger sandstone buttes. It’s a level hike with unique rock formations and panoramic views of the Valley. Don’t forget your furry friend on this dog-friendly trail.
Remember to plan ahead, put on your sunscreen, and pack lots of water! Enjoy!