Hard

Hiking Trails in Phoenix

National Trail

Only rated hard, due to the length this is a 15 mile one way track across South Mountain.

Pyramid Trail

You wanna steep hike?! Here you go! Pyramid Trail on South Mountain is unrelenting in switchbacks during the middle portion of this trail. Once up on top, it mellows out.

Tom’s Thumb

While the first mile up is steep, this hike is an iconic route up to the popular landmark, known as Tom’s Thumb.

Lookout Mountain Summit Trail

If crowds aren’t your thing, this is a great alternative hike to Camelback & Piestewa Peak. While it gets steeper as you go and there is a small section where scrambling is required, this hike offers great views and solitude.

Piestewa Peak Summit Trail

This is nature’s stair master! Leading you to the 2nd highest peak in the Phoenix area, you will definitely get the ultimate workout as you are heading up.

Echo Canyon

The #1 hardest hike in Phoenix. This trail leads up to the top of Camelback, the highest summit in Phoenix. Requires a lot of scrambling and is very crowded.

Cholla Trail

Leading up to the top of Camelback Mountain, (the highest summit in Phoenix) this trail is steep as you are literally scaling the mountain. Small areas where scrambling is required, but not as intense as it’s sister trail, known as Echo (mentioned above).

Shaw Butte #306

No scrambling required on this hike, but be prepared for some steepness! This is a 4 mile loop trail that starts by taking up the once paved road that did not have “hikers” in mind when built. It is steep and will get those calf muscles burning!

Humphrey’s Trail

Want to stand at the top of Arizona? Humphrey’s Peak trail leads right up to the highest point in all of the state.

South Kaibab

This is the shortest and most direct route into the Grand Canyon. Do you need anymore reasons to explain why this is under our “hard’ category?

Picket Post

This 5 mile hiking route can be difficult to navigate but seeing that red mailbox at the top of Picketpost Mountain is a rewarding experience.

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