As spring approaches, residents of the Valley can begin to enjoy the wonderful outdoor activities again without fear of the overpowering sun and temperatures. Hiking in Phoenix during the scorching heat of the summer can be a dangerous adventure because dehydration and heat exhaustion/stroke are serious concerns. But now that the temperatures are ideal, it is the perfect time to go explore some of the top hiking trails for incredible views, desert wildlife and exercise!

Best Hikes in Phoenix

Ranked as one the best cities for hiking in the U.S., there are miles and miles of trails that can be found with a short drive in any direction from downtown Phoenix.

Deem Hills, Circumference Trail

Image of Tom’s Thumb from North Side in Phoenix Arizona.

The Deem Hills Park opened up in 2010 and is a very popular spot for locals to hike. The Circumference trail is 5.73-miles in length as it circles the entire recreation area and offers great views of Phoenix, Hedgepeth Hills, Hieroglyphic and Bradshaw Mountains.

Tom’s Thumb, North Side

Image of preserve at Gateway Loop Trail in Phoenix Arizona.

While it is only 3.7-miles in length, Tom’s Thumb trail is very strenuous due to the elevation that is gained to reach the landmark. Hikers that reach the top are rewarded with stunning views of Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Four Peaks.

Gateway Loop Trail

Image of walking trail leading up Pinnacle Peak in Phoenix Arizona.

Located in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, the 4.2-mile loop hike circles around one of the foothills of the McDowell Mountains and offers great exposure to the natural desert vegetation include many giant saguaros.

Pinnacle Peak

Image of walking trail leading up Pinnacle Peak in Phoenix Arizona.

Offering several stretches of inclines and declines, the out-and-back trail is 1.75-miles one direction. Hikers get great views of saguaros, cholla cactus, pristine golf courses and gorgeous homes of North Scottsdale.

Piestewa Peak Summit

Image of hiking trail up Piestewa Peak Summit in Phoenix.

This hike is close to downtown and tends to be on the more difficult side but offers some great views of the city. Piestewa offers a great workout for those hikers looking for a fitness hike.

Before you set out to explore the awesome hiking trails that are located around the city, make sure that your back is up to the challenge. BackFit Health + Spine can get you straightened out and enjoying all the health benefits of hiking in no time! With five locations throughout the Valley, BackFit makes it convenient to see a chiropractor in Phoenix, no matter where you live.