Thanks for God's beauty and best hikes of Arizona

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We should all give thanks to God for the beauty and open spaces in our wondrous state of Arizona....The Grand Canyon state. Within our state we should give thanks to these awesome 50 best hikes in Arizona! (Photo: Stone Arch from Pixabay)
This week is Thanksgiving and you will probably soon be feeling like working off a few pounds and seeing some great Arizona sights and sites? I have some of the Top 50 hikes in Arizona for you to enjoy this month and on into the new year. There is so much to offer in the state from pine trees to deserts. Without even leaving the Phoenix metro area we have over 60 miles of trails in the McDowell Mountains of Scottsdale not to mention Piestawa Peak #3, Camelback Mountain and South Moutain Park #2 with awesome views of downtown and the Valley of the Sun. But there is so much more...Read on!
Camelback Mountain Phoenix view

View of downtown Phoenix from the top of Camelback Mountain

Hiking Camelback Moutain in Phoenix near Scottsdale and Paradise Valley is always great, with views of the downtown Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun. Hiking Piestawa Peak also has great views of the Phoenix metro and homes everywhere. What are the top 50 best hiking trails in Arizona as voted by hikers? A very personal choice.  I like the nature factor of a trail over the physical challenge of the trail personally. That is why, I like the West Fork Trail in Sedona feeding the Oak Creek, serenity and a babbling brook with dense Oak trees, red rocks and interesting rock formations along with a winding easy trail....aaahhh, nice!


West Fork Trail Oak Creek                                     

A touch of heaven on the West Fork Trail in Sedona and Oak Creek ranked the best places to hike in Arizona.  Ranking hiking trails on their following list is a difficult process as some hikers choose beauty over challenge, or short distances over longer distances. TripleBlaze says, "Using our unique hiking trail popularity algorithm that accounts for the average rating and number of reviews for a trail, the number of people who have hiked or wish they could hike at that hiking trail." TripleBlaze uses user ratings for their list. 

Whatever your choice, get out there and explore Arizona!


Rank Hiking Trail Location
1. Grand Canyon - North Rim Fredonia, Arizona
2. McDowell Mountain Park Phoenix, Arizona
3. Piestewa Peak Phoenix, Arizona
4. #305 Prescott, Arizona
5. Horseshoe Mesa Grand Canyon, Arizona
6. National Trail Phoenix, Arizona
7. Spur Cross Ranch Cave Creek, Arizona
8. Papago Park Area Tempe, Arizona
9. White Canyon Trail Phoenix, Arizona
10. Huachuca Canyon Ft. Huachuca, Arizona
11. Cloudview Gold Canyon, Arizona
12. Arizona Trail Flagstaff, Arizona
13. Broken Arrow Sedona, Arizona
14. Chicken Point Oak Creek, Arizona
15. Groom Creek Loop Prescott, Arizona
16. Trail #100 Phoenix, Arizona
17. Walnut Canyon Flagstaff, Arizona
18. Ridge Trail Sedona, Arizona
19. Brittlebush Trail Phoenix, Arizona
20. Black Canyon Trail Phoenix, Arizona
21. Hawes Loop Mesa, Arizona
22. Desert Classic Phoenix, Arizona
23. Cactus Forest Trail Tucson, Arizona
24. Coachwhip Trail Loop Scottsdale, Arizona
25. Airport Mesa Trail Network Sedona, Arizona
26. Llama Sedona, Arizona
27. Robles Pass Tucson, Arizona
28. Foothills Rim Trail Kingman, Arizona
29. Picket Post Superior, Arizona
30. Lost Dutchman State Park Apache Junction, Arizona
31. Desert Outdoor Center Peoria, Arizona
32. Honeybee Canyon/Rail X Ranch Oro Valley, Arizona
33. Brown Canyon Sierra Vista, Arizona
34. Oldham Trail Flagstaff, Arizona
35. Templeton/ Baldwin Loop Sedona, Arizona
36. Smith Ravine Prescott, Arizona
37. Granite Basin Loops Prescott, Arizona
38. Estrella Mtn Park/ Competitive Loop Phoenix, Arizona
39. Spruce Mountain Trail #307 Prescott, Arizona
40. Casa Grande Mountain Casa Grande, Arizona
41. Parker Canyon Lake Perimeter (pclp) Sierra Vista, Arizona
42. Fairbank Loop Trail Tombstone, Arizona
43. Canyon de Chelly National Monument Chinle, Arizona
44. Petrified Forest National Park Petrified Forest, Arizona
45. Tonto National Monument Roosevelt, Arizona
46. Cattail Cove State Park Lake Havasu City, Arizona
47. Dead Horse Ranch State Park Cottonwood, Arizona
48. Slide Rock State Park Sedona, Arizona
49. Patagonia Lake State Park Patagonia, Arizona
50. Badger Springs Trail Badger Springs, Arizona


Petrified Forest Arizona                              The Petrified Forest Hike #44 has awesome scenery

When hiking in Phoenix in the Summer, be sure to bring more water than you think you need. Hydrate regularly and seek shade if you feel light headed. I had that experience on Piestawa Peak in Phoenix about 20 years ago. Shade and water brought me back, but it can be dangerouse. Piestaw Peak is well traveled so there are people to help. However,  hike with a friend to be safe.

When you get to the top of Camelback Mountain or Piestawa Peak look around at the Valley homes. If you see one from the top of the mountain that you like I would be pleased to show it to you. 

If you are looking to move to Phoenix including Scottsdale or to buy a home in Arizona or sell a home in Arizona, contact Jeffrey Masich, Associate Broker and Realtor. I would be pleased to help you and look out for your best interests while finding you the right home at the right price!

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Jeffrey Masich, Associate Broker, REALTOR®, MBA, GRI, BS Accounting


Scottsdale, Arizona




Comments (5)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Jeff and thanks for the great information to share with us here in the Rain. Hope you are ready for Turkey Day!

Nov 22, 2021 11:25 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I'm telling you, Jeff - if you're a hiker, AZ is THE state to move to! Love the post and the photos too. Thanks for sharing!

Nov 22, 2021 09:12 PM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Thank you Debe Maxwell, CRS and North Carolina is a most beautiful state also, just in a different way. Jeff

Nov 22, 2021 09:44 PM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Thank you Will Hamm and enjoy the turkey and save some room for the pie. Jeff 

Nov 22, 2021 09:45 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI - Amazing Grace!

Your post and photos are beautiful!

Nov 27, 2021 12:16 PM