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Arizona Hiking Books - Phoenix Hiking Trail Guides

Updated on February 10, 2015
The famous Phoenix sign right outside the Usery Mountains
The famous Phoenix sign right outside the Usery Mountains | Source

Arizona is an amazing place to hike! If you are are in the middle of the East Valley, near Phoenix, you are in direct view of several mountain ranges. It is an awesome sight! On any given day, you can find hikes ranging from the very short to rather long and from the very easy to extremely difficult, I have even discovered a handicapped trail which is wheelchair accessible! I have hiked several of these trails and have researched even more for future hikes.

Best Easy Day Hikes

One of the most comprehensive books you can purchase is Best Easy Day Hikes - Phoenix. It is perfect for hikers looking for trails in the Phoenix area. It covers most of the trails, including the Superstitions, South Mountain, Camelback and Piestewa Peak.

Phoenix Area Hiking Guides

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles

This book illustrates 60 different, scenic day hikes ranging in difficulty. It has clear, easy to use trail maps with clear descriptions.

Day and Overnight Hikes in The Tonto National Forest

There are over 900 miles of trail in the Tonto National Forest! This book provides detailed descriptions of each hike and provides the critical information that you need to know if you are going to hike them!

Tonto National Forest

Picturesque Arizona Trails

The Wind Cave Trail in the Tonto National Forest
The Wind Cave Trail in the Tonto National Forest | Source
Winter growth....our version of snow!
Winter growth....our version of snow! | Source

South Mountain Park

The largest municipal park in the country is South Mountain Park. It includes over 51 trails and spans approximately 16,000 acres. It's highest point, Dobbins Peak is 2330ft. If this is too much of a hike for you, you can also drive there! The city of Phoenix has a great website that includes, trail guides/maps, history, pictures and more! A very worthy site!

Pleas visit: South Mountain


Aerial View of South Mountain

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South Mountain, Phoenix, AZ, USA
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Safety precautions when hiking in Arizona

Remember, it is extremely hot and dry in Arizona and the sun is strong. If you don't bring anything else, make sure you have plenty of water, high spf sunblock, a first aid kit and a hat. You might want to get a walking stick, as well. The mountains can be dangerous. There are many snakes out on the trails, as well as other critters. You may even meet a javelina and , keep in mind, the cacti are prevelant and prickly! As often as we used to go into the mountains, we were not always well enough prepared and had to turn around before the exciting parts! We have learned to check the weather, the trail guides and bring every essential we may need. Even that didn't help me from locking my keys in the car at South Mountain as I did!

Proper Gear for Hiking in Arizona

Camelbak HydroBak 50 oz Hydration Pack, Black
Camelbak HydroBak 50 oz Hydration Pack, Black

I just got my first hydration backpack. It's perfect for short daytrips!

 

Other Ways up the Mountain For the Less than Skilled Hiker

If you are not an experienced hiker, there are many trails that you can take. But, if you are hankering to see some of the amazing views, i recommend you take a jeep tour. There are many different services out there. These guys will give you a good, authentic tour! Apache Trail Jeep Tours. When taking driving tours, be sure to check out Tortilla Flats. It is a small old west town with a big personality. There is a museum, stores and restaurants in this town that was an original 1904 stagecoach stop and it provides a fun scenic drive. You may be interested to know rthat it has a population of 6!

For a Break Between Hikes in Phoenix, Az

If you are visiting Arizona and want to see what else it has to offer besides its glorious mountains, you're in for a treat! The weather is almost always stable as it is sunny an average of 301 days per year! Mesa, Arizona is the official home of the Chicago Cubs spring training and is in the beginning stages of building "Wrigleyville West", which will be a unique sports, entertainment and retail destinations. Until then, you can still enjoy watching their games at Hohokum Stadium. Or you can go into Scottsdale, which, among all of its jewels, houses Old Town Scottsdale, a fun, touristy area that is filled with great restaurants and shops. A must see! If you are still looking for more, Arizona has over 300 golf courses and I couldn't even begin to count how many swimming pools. I have no doubt, you will be able to find something fun and interesting to do while you are here.

Popular sites in Phoenix, Arizona

entrance to Hohokum Park, spring traing home of the Chicago Cubs
entrance to Hohokum Park, spring traing home of the Chicago Cubs | Source
One of my new friends in Old Town Scottsdale.
One of my new friends in Old Town Scottsdale. | Source
Or relax by the pool!
Or relax by the pool! | Source

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      Allan Philip 4 years ago from Toronto

      Thank you, I love hiking...I'm sold, I'll do the Phoenix trail next. I've always wanted to visit the Phoenix desert botanical garden. Thanks again!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's funny, but I never think of hiking and Arizona. I'm too much of a mountain guy....and the snakes!!!! That would turn me off immediately. :) Good job on this hub; it should be in the Arizona tourist brochures.

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      Stephanie Launiu 4 years ago from Hawai'i

      Beautiful hub! We took a family vacation one year to Arizona. Stunning beauty, even though it's quite opposite from Hawaii. I really like the way you laid out your hub with a good mix of narrative, books, maps and pics. Great job. Voted up, useful, beautiful, interesting. Aloha, Stephanie

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      SaffronBlossom 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I have never been to Arizona, but your pictures and advice definitely make me want to visit!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Great hub, thank you! I have hiked in Arizona 5 times. Guess where.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, phildaaz, for stopping by. I hope you do check it out. Enjoy!

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      Abby Campbell 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Hiking is one my most favorite things to do. We even have a South Mountain Park here in western North Carolina. My brother lives in dessert country as well, so I'm hoping to do some hiking out that way soon. Thanks for sharing!

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      freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain

      Love the hub with some great advice . We had a couple here went out for a drive, got bogged and left their car which is a big NO NO and walked 3 days along a river ( which helped them survive)with no shoes in 43 degrees heat for help . Need to let people know where ylou are going & not go off road here in the Wet Season . Voting you up. Came across you while hub hopping !

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hey, thanks Bill! I appreciate the compliment! I pretty much only hike in the mountains. I have only seen one snake and the hikers ahead of us were diverting it! I definitely would never camp out around there!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hi Stephanie! Thank you so much for stopping by! I do appreciate your comments and votes! I have not yet had the pleasure of visiting Hawaii but I hope to, eventually. We sure are lacking a beach here! Randi

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      SaffronBlossom, you should come visit! It's a pretty fun place and , for the most part, amazing weather. We'd be happy to show you around!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Martin! I'm going to guess first: the grand canyon. Then, the Superstitions and the Usery mountains. Was I close?

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Abby for your comments! I love to hike and have greatly missed it these past 6 months recuperating from a broken foot. It has been difficult getting back out there. The first mountain hike(1 mile) we went on, I had trouble getting back down! I hope you enjoy your time in the desert and if it is near here, we'll meet you!

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Randi, This hub is great. I'm sure my travels will eventually take me to Arizona and when they do, I'll be pulling up this article. I love hiking and camping, so I'll be all set. Up, Useful and sharing on my Freelance Writers FB page.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Chris! I so appreciate your votes and shares! If you are ever in AZ during your travels, skip the article. I'll show you around!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Freecampingaussie, thank you so much for reading and commenting. I'm sure glad you hopped here! You know, I have heard several stories like that couple and out here many don't survive. There is the Lost Dutchman Trail that people still hike and not all come out. Crazy!

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Randi, It's a deal, thanks!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      What a great hub and I vote up and share all around.

      Eddy.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Eddy! Always a pleasure to see you here! Thanks for the votes and share!

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      emilybee 4 years ago

      Looks great! I would love to hike out west near Arizona one day. Closest I've been is Las Vegas, NV. Great hub!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Emilybee! It's been great learning the trails. The view is amazing! Thanks for stopping by!

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