Hike or MTB the Deem Hills Loop

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Distance

5 miles

Route Type

Loop

Added by Calvin Weibel

The Deem Hills Recreation area is an awesome recreation area with plenty of trails for people in North Phoenix.

Located in north Phoenix, the Deem Hills recreation area features a dog park, playground, soccer field, and trailhead leading into the neighboring hills.  

To begin your hike, get around the dog park by starting at the Circumference trailhead on the north side of the parking lot.  To complete the circumference loop counter-clockwise, take a right at the first fork in the trail.  The path climbs slowly as it wraps around the south side of the first hill.  On the opposite side you'll find another junction where you'll take a right turn and continue east.  (Here you have the option to go for a shorter but steeper hike to the top of the ridge if you want.)  The path takes you around the other hills and loops back around the north side.  This hike takes you around the outer perimeter of the before returning to the parking lot on the west side.

From the 101, take 59th Ave north and continue through Thunderbird Conservation Park.  Shortly after you go under the footbridge you'll arrive at a traffic light, where you'll turn left.  At this point you'll be on 55th Ave which you can follow all the way to the Deem Hills parking lot which will be on the right.

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almost 5 years ago

Fun, lesser known trail!

This is not my favorite hike in the Phoenix area, but it definitely has advantages due to being lesser known. Lower traffic and a well developed trail are great perks! This has been one of the trails featured in the annual Phoenix Seven Summits Challenge.

Great Mtn Biking

I have come to really enjoy this ride. It is rocky and challenging, but a good time. The loop can be done in 30-45 min for an average experienced rider (if you go clockwise and go over the saddle). Trail seems to have less traffic than others in the area. I would rate this on the more advanced end of trails because of the rockiness. There are a couple sections that are pretty fun for technical downhill. Might be rated black diamond for some riders.

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3.5/5

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