Hiking in Scottsdale

Pinnacle Peak
Did you know Scottsdale was once named by National Geographic as one of the nation’s top 15 hiking destinations? With more than 400 miles of well-maintained trails in the area, it’s no surprise. If you’re planning a hike in Scottsdale, here are a few popular ones:

Gateway Loop Trail

The Gateway Loop Trail is a peaceful and solitude trail away from the city bustle. The 4.5-mile trail only gains 655 feet in elevation perfect for a nice leisurely walk through the desert or for trail running. The trail loops you back around to your starting point. www.mcdowellsonoran.org

Lost Dog Wash

Once an old jeep tour route, Lost Dog Wash climbs a low ridge into the McDowell Mountains. Spectacular views of surrounding landmarks like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West as well as other mountains like Camelback and Pinnacle Peak can be seen from this trail. The trail only gains about 380 feet in elevation, the out-and-back length of just over 5 miles. www.mcdowellsonoran.org

Go John Trail

If you want to see a desert tortoise? Then you may want to hike the 6-mile Go John Trail. It loops around jasper-studded hills with a few moderate bursts of difficulty. The trail features views of nearby Spur Cross Ranch, and in the spring there are blooming wildflowers throughout. www.maricopacountyparks.net

The Scenic Trail-McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Located near the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, the Scenic Trail is good for families because it has a wide variety of scenery without too much elevation gain. Enjoy the sights of the Verde River and Superstition Mountains as well as springtime wildflower blooms. If you walk the full trail out and back and you’ll cover nearly 7 miles. www.maricopacountyparks.net

Pinnacle Peak

If you’re ready for a moderate workout, this Pinnacle Peak trail is a great choice. The smooth, wide trail leads you to the summit where you’ll enjoy expansive views of the Valley. Be alert for wildlife, as your hiking partner may be friendly quail, jackrabbits, cactus wrens and road runners. The trail is 3.5 miles out-and-back, with an elevation gain of approximately 1,300 feet. www.scottsdaleaz.gov