After another hot and miserable summer, I’m happy to say it’s finally cooling off soon (I hope)—meaning hiking season is back and around the corner. I’ve been waiting six months, but now, I can finally lace up my Nike's and hit the trails. Hiking is one of my favorite outdoor activities when I’m not blowing bubbles scuba diving. It allows me to play outside, enjoy nature, and get a great workout in. But if you’re like me, hiking the same trails over and over again, or battling the crowds, is not quite my idea of fun. So, to help you out, here are two of my favorite, lesser-known hiking trails in the East Valley.
QUICK NOTE: No matter where you hike, please do it safely. Always take plenty of water, pick a trail you feel comfortable with, and tell a friend/bring your cell phone in case of an emergency. Don’t forget the bug spray too!
Veterans Oasis Park: Chandler, Arizona.
Located at Lindsay Rd. and Chandler Heights Rd in Chandler, Veterans Oasis Park is much more than just a park—it’s a great outdoor escape. It has walking and hiking trails, park grounds, and a fishing pound. It’s very similar to the Gilbert Riparian Preserve, but without the crowds. It offers 4.5 miles of nature trails, centered around some wetland habitats. The habitats are my favorite part because you can get up close and personal with some cute little critters, and there’s usually a lot of beautiful birds around. Don’t tell anyone, but I always bring some bread and feed it to the ducks. Last time I was there, we say three Jack rabbits hopping and playing as we walked through. The main trail usually takes us about two hours, but the timing really depends on how long you take to watch the animals and picture taking.
To learn more about Veteran’s Oasis Park, Click Here.
The Pyramid Trail at South Mountain: Ahwatukee, Arizona.
South Mountain has a great location and dozens of hiking trails, making it very popular among East Valley hiking enthusiasts. But, located at 19th Ave. and Chandler Blvd. in Club West, is a lesser-known trail called the Pyramid. This hiking gem is one of my favorites. It’s a little challenging, but offers great scenic views and is never too crowded, especially in the early mornings. This fun, 3-mile hike starts off at a lower elevation, then begins to ascend after about a mile. It has a top elevation of almost 900 feet, and it meets up with the National trail about ½ a mile away from Telegraph Pass. We usually hike this trail in about an hour when we don't stop and say hi to all the dogs on the trails that take their owners with them.
For a comprehensive list of South Mountain trails, Click Here.
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