6 Easy Hiking Trails in Phoenix

No matter where you are in Phoenix, a hiking trail is never that far away. Especially an easy trail. All mountains, with the exception of Camelback that are in and around Phoenix will have an easy hiking trail option.

For this reason, we’ve compiled this list below of 6 easy hiking trails in Phoenix.

Hole in the Rock

Judith Tunell Trail

Gateway Loop

Double Butte Loop

Pass Mountain Loop Trail

Beverly Canyon

6 Easy Hiking Trails in Phoenix

Hole in the Rock

  • 5 minute hike
  • Great for kids

mountain with hole in middle showing sky

It doesn’t get any easier than the Hole in the Rock trail. In fact, it’s great to take kids on that has a very unique ending point.

This trail is located in Tempe near Papago Park, the Desert Botanical Garden and the Phoenix Zoo. The hike itself will likely only take you about 5 minutes. Although, it’s definitely fun to spend some time up at the top in the hole, looking at the view.

The Hole in the Rock is a natural landmark upon one of the red rock buttes in Papago Park. This rock formation has an opening up near the top, where hikers can walk through and be up in the cave like area upon the butte that looks out to the Valley below. Hence the name, Hole in the Rock.

This is a great hike, for kids. It’s not a far distance and has a fun ending spot that they can explore. However, this is a very popular spot (especially at sunset) and can become crowded.

Judith Tunell Trail

  • 1 Mile – Roundtrip
  • Entire path is paved

paved walkway leading into Phoenix desert with mountain in back

The Judith Tunell Trail is a paved, one mile hiking trail located on South Mountain, near the Education Center. As far as easy hiking trails in Phoenix…this may be the best.

Since the trail is paved, it’s available to all hikers of all levels. Judith Tunell, for whom this trail was named after was a advocate for those with disabilities. Therefore, this trail was made to accommodate hikers of all levels.

It’s a great trail, that reaches about a half mile towards the base of South Mountain and then loops back towards the parking area. It does offer great views of South Mountain and is a perfect hike especially at sunset.

There are benches along this easy Phoenix hiking trail, for when hikers need a rest or just want to stop and take in the view. There are also little education areas, with signs educating hikers about the South Mountain landscape.

Gateway Loop

  • 4.4 miles

This 4.4 mile easy Phoenix hiking trail is located in the McDowell Mountains, in the Scottsdale area. This is a beautiful trail, especially in the Spring with wildflowers. The McDowell Mountains is a huge mountain range with a ton of fun trails. However, Gateway Loop is the best introduction to hiking in the McDowell’s as the loop shows you different views of the area.

This is a very popular trail, so it likely will be a bit crowded. However,the further back along the trail you go, the less crowded it becomes.

Double Butte Loop

  • 2.5 miles

wide dirt path leading to red rounded mountains

The Double Butte Loop is found in Papago Park. This easy Phoenix hiking trail offers a full view of the red buttes found within the park.  Although, at times this hike lacks trail markers, it’s  an easy place to navigate around, as Papago Park is rather smaller than other hiking areas in Phoenix.

This trail is great for kids or out of town guests who have never hiked before.

Pass Mountain Loop Trail

  • 7 miles, but mainly flat

If you want a longer but still easy hiking trail…then Pass Mountain Loop, is where it’s at. This trail is found at Usery Mountain, which does charge a $6 fee to get into the park.

This mostly flat trail loops around the base of Pass Mountain. The views are spectacular as the trail leads you further into the desert landscape.

Since this is a loop trail, there’s no need to really have strong navigational skills. The path is clear and direct, which allows hikers to be able to relax and easily follow along this beautiful easy Phoenix hiking trail.

Beverly Canyon

  • 2.2 miles

hiking trail in Phoenix, Arizona on Beverly Canyon trail on South Mountain. dirt trail going in between two wooden telephone poles in the desert

Beverly Canyon is an easier hike, but unlike the other featured easy Phoenix hiking trails on this list…Beverly Canyon does have a slight incline that will get your heartbeat going.

So, if you’re looking for something “easy” but still a little bit of a challenge than Beverly Canyon is a perfect trail.

Located on South Mountain at the Beverly Canyon trailhead at 46th St and Baseline this trail goes leads you towards the middle section of South Mountain, where it meets up with other hiking trails.

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Phoenix Hiking Essentials

Over 200 hikers a year have accidents along the Phoenix hiking trails. The desert is a beautiful wide open space but with that also comes a bit of danger that all hikers need to be aware of and be prepared for.

Therefore, to give you the best hiking experience be sure to bring these essentials with you on your Phoenix hike

  • Water
  • Sunscreen/Sun Protected Clothing
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Salty Snacks (electrolytes)
  • Durable shoes

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