5 Best Hikes in Phoenix for 2024

Piestewa Peak

A sunrise and sunset principle for locals in Piestewa Peak. It is the most recommended hike in Phoenix.  It is just that good that the peak provides 360 degree views at the top so you’ll be able to see the sun rising and setting in any direction.

Shaw Butte Trail

Shaw Butte Trail is a short but scenic loop trail located in Ahwatukee.  The trail takes you through a scenic desert landscape, with views of the buttes, saguaro cacti and its surrounding mountains.

South Kaibab Trail

South Kaibab Trail so special is that you don’t have to hike the whole thing. Just go down to OOH-AAH Point, which is about 0.9 miles down the trail, making it a 1.8-mile round trip.

McDowell Sonoran Preserve Loop

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve Loop is one of the toughest Best Hikes in Phoenix for a few reasons. First off, it’s a long hike—more than 14 miles of rocky trail, so be ready for a full-day trek.

Wave Cave

One of the coolest cave hikes near Phoenix is the Wave Cave. It’s in the Superstition Mountains, which are big mountains on the east side of the valley with great trails.

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