Guides and Trips

Trips
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Blevins to Cat Peaks Loop at Usery Park
by lilia on Nov 02, 2013
Apache Junction, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 3.0 miles
Okay so if you're not into the whole climbing up a mountain thing, this is the hike for you. The whole hike is on flat, beautiful desert land. You'll view Pass Mountain to the north as you enjoy a breezy stroll through one of the most intense cholla and saguaro forests I've seen. The loop also includes an absolutely stunning view of the Superstitions Mountains to the east.I could NOT stop taking...
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Peralta Trail to Freemont Saddle in Superstition Wilderness
by lilia on Nov 03, 2013
Gold Canyon, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 4.5 miles
Uh, did you look a the photos for this trail? In-freaking-credible!The Peralta Trail is one of the most popular trails in the Superstitions Wilderness. Luckily, however, even on the most temperate days, the trail is not overrun with other people. You'll have plenty of space to complete the 4.5 mile trail. It's 2.25 miles up and 2.25 miles down so be ready for some steady effort on the first leg.It's well worth...
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Hike from the Heart in McDowell Sonoran Preserve North
by lilia on Oct 27, 2013
Reata Pass, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 5.5 miles
Take a look at the map then squint a little bit and tilt your head to the left...see it yet?This combination of trails creates a heart shape and was my "gift" to my husband for our three year wedding anniversary. The loop is located in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve's Northern region. At just 5.5 miles of desert walking with just a few gentle hills, it's a lovely stroll that cuts through the...
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Dreamy Draw Wandering Hike
by lilia on Oct 20, 2013
The Preserve, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 2.4 miles
This is not the first time I've referred to the Dreamy Draw Recreation Area as the "Choose Your Own Adventure" of hiking trails in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve.On this day, we certainly followed our whims when we chose to follow a portion of the 220 to a portion of the 1A and returned via a section of the 100. This is just one of many options in the area and is posted...
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Deem Hills: Circumference and Ridgeline Loop
by lilia on Oct 13, 2013
Parkview Estates, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 3.8 miles
What a wonderful hike!Deem Hills is a new system of trails established and maintained by the City of Phoenix. The trails are beautifully planned and easy to follow with plenty of trail signs.This hike seems popular with the local north Valley residents and includes a climb to the highest point in the park. It combines the Circumference and Ridgeline Trails to create a lovely loop with enough climbing for a decent workout...
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L.V. Yates Trail 8
by lilia on Oct 06, 2013
Vista del Cerro, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 2.6 miles
The L.V. Yates Trail in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve is accessible from the 40th Street trail head, located just south of Shea.This Everytrail map tracks only about half of Trail 8 with the turn-around point at 1.3 miles in. You'll know you're there when you find a bench on top of a small hill. The trail offers a gentle incline for the first mile then increases intensity for the final 0.3 mile.The...
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Elden Lookout Trail in Flagstaff
by lilia on Sep 15, 2013
Flagstaff, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 5.1 miles
The Mt. Elden Lookout Trail is featured as an option in my upcoming book, Take a Hike Phoenix, available now at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. The book is scheduled for release on November 19, 2013.This hike is an intense workout at approximately 2.5 miles (2.5 miles one-way, 5 miles total) and a cumulative elevation climb of about 2,400 feet. Your payoff includes beautiful views of Flagstaff and the surrounding San Francisco Peaks.The trail...
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North Mountain National Trail 44
by lilia on Sep 10, 2013
phoenix, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 1.4 miles
After another amazing rainy day in Phoenix, we hit the trail for a sunset hike!The North Mountain National Trail 44 in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve is one of the best weeknight hikes in the city. It's short but climbs all the way so you a good workout in a short amount of time. Most of the trail is a paved service road which may be a turn off at first, but with...
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Quartz Ridge Trail 8A
by lilia on Sep 08, 2013
Biltmore Greens III, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 2.1 miles
This is my "go-to" trail in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. To learn how I discovered and fell in love with this trail, check out my recent blog post.These photos show our adventure on a cloudy day in September 2013. The trail follows a wash into a small canyon and ends on a saddle. It's easy to see how this trail got its name when you walk along the mass of quartz rocks...
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Cookstove Trail to Rim
by lilia on Jul 15, 2013
Kachina Village, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 1.2 miles
While on vacation staying in this fabulous cabin, my husband and I ventured out one afternoon for this hike...and boy did we feel the elevation!We thought it would be easy but this climb is constant! If you're a Phoenix native, you'll huff and puff that thin High Country air.The silver lining is, of course, the mind-blowing view from the top of the canyon. We walked along the flat ground, tracing the canyon's...
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Wupatki Pueblo Trail
by lilia on Jul 19, 2013
Black Falls Crossing, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 0.5 miles
This is just one of many trails in the area that features up close views of some of the best ruins I've seen in Arizona. Located north of Flagstaff and north of its neighboring Sunset Crater Volcano, The Wupatki National Monument makes for a delightful day with the family.The directions here are simple. Follow signs along the 395 to the Wupatki Pueblo. Enter at the educational center, grab a self-guided brochure, and...
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Lava Flow Trail near Sunset Crater
by lilia on Jul 19, 2013
Elden Pueblo, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 0.9 miles
This was a wonderful way to kill an afternoon when we were vacationing in Flagstaff, AZ. It's easy. Just take Highway 89 north of Flagstaff and hang a right on the 395 to visit the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. This short trail walks among craters and cooled lava flows that are left over from eruptions that happened just a short 1,000 years ago! These eruptions are so recent that the lava...
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West Fork Trail
by lilia on Jul 13, 2013
Indian Gardens, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 8.5 miles
I love this trail!!!!My husband and I hiked this beautiful, wonderful trail on my 32nd birthday while we were vacationing in this stunning cabin nearby.Though the trail is over 8 miles, following it is a no-brainer. After paying the fee at the parking lot entrance (if I remember right, it was under $10...vacation brain), the ranger will supply you with a detailed map that outlines all you need to know. And this...
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Papago Park Eliot Ramada and Double Butte Loop
by lilia on May 11, 2013
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 2.3 miles
Papago Park offers trails with very little elevation gain. This loop provides a decent overview of the area with beautiful views of the surrounding wind-eroded buttes and the dramatic rock amphitheatre on the north side.The final leg of this loop occurs on a paved portion which is wheelchair friendly. To read more about this trail and others in Phoenix, check out my blog at liliatakesahike.com.Papago Park is featured in my hiking guide...
Sears-Kay Ruin Loop in Tonto National Forest Cave Creek District
by lilia on Jul 30, 2012
Cave Creek, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 0.9 miles
Black Rock Long Loop in White Tank Mountains
by lilia on Jun 28, 2012
Waddell, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 1.2 miles
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Mohave Trail 200 in Phoenix Mountains Preserve
by lilia on Jun 28, 2012
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 1.2 miles
I love this little trail.Short, quiet, and private, this hike offers a decent workout that ends with a lovely view to the Camelback Corridor/Biltmore area of Phoenix. And it graciously AVOIDS THE CROWDS that often choke the Piestewa Peak Summit Trail. Perfect for a quick jaunt in the desert, short cardio challenge, and a visual payoff.Trail navigation is relatively simple. Look for the Mohave parking lot and trailhead on the east side...

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