The Ultimate Phoenix Hiking Guide to Find Wildflowers

After all this rain we’ve been getting here in Phoenix for the past two days, you better believe a plethora of yellow, purple, and orange wildflowers will quickly be blooming in our desert.  At this moment, we don’t know exactly where they will be springing up but… we have ideas of what hiking trails they likely will be blooming on.

Likely, among your neighborhood hiking trail there will be a some popping up. Usually, they tend to grow where they have the best access to water, so any trails in washes or downhill will have them popping up.

Where To Spot Wildflowers

Superstition Mountain

If you want to see more a bountiful sea of wildflowers, then the Superstition Mountains is where you need to head out to.

Some popular places are in the Lost Dutchman State Park ($7 parking fee), especially towards the beginning of the Flat Iron Trail. As the trail leads towards the base of the mountain a sea of orange and yellow poppies can typically be seen fluttering in the wind.

yellow phoenix wildflowers near Phoenix hiking trail mountain fluttering in wind

McDowell Mountain

You might want to check out Gateway Loop as it’s an easier trail that likely will have some wildflowers along the way.


It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a boat. Get in the car and take a short road trip to any nearby lake, such as Lake Bartlett pictured here. While a Tonto Pass is required (there are typically places to park, picnic tables for relaxing and taking in the views and also some easier hiking trails near the water.

yellow mexican poppies wildflowers fluttering in wind near hiking trail and water

Picachio State Park

Another popular place to spot beautiful wildflowers is about an hour south of Phoenix at the Picacho Peak State Park. You don’t have to hike the entire trail since it’s likely the wildflowers will be on lower grounds. However, if you do decide to hike to the peak it would be wise to bring gloves as the trail has steep sections that require holding onto cables.

Guide to Identify Wildflowers

Lastly, check out the link below for an easy and straightforward guide to identifying wildflowers you spot.

Phoenix Wildflower Guide

Connect with Us

Seeing wildflowers in different spots? Feel free to reach out or tag us in your Instagram photos @hikephoenix to keep us updated. There’s nothing we love better than some awesome wildflowers pics!

Again, at this moment this may all be speculation. We don’t know what this rain will bring…but we’re pretty sure it’s bringing some color and excitement to our dry and dusty desert.

Happy Trails!

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