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    • Scottsdale, Arizona

      Marcus Landslide Trail

      5.0
      3.77 mi / 561 ft gain
      Named after a landslide that scientists say occurred over 500,000 years ago, this interpretive hiking trail in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a perfect easy outing for families and nature lovers alike.  It begins from the Tom's Thumb trailhead (shared parking lot), which is another beautiful hi...
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    • Scottsdale, Arizona

      Tom's Thumb

      4.3
      3.98 mi / 1236 ft gain
      The infamous “thumb” can be seen from most places in the valley – a white burst of rock jutting skyward out of the desert ridgeline.   The new Tom’s Thumb Trailhead in 2012 has nice restrooms and offers tons of information about the surrounding rock climbing areas, day hikes and desert knowledg...
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    • Scottsdale, Arizona

      Boulder the Unknown Handcrack near Tom's Thumb

      V-easy. 20 feet. Start on the Tom's Thumb Trail about .1 mi. Then take the Mesquite canyon trail left (SE) for .2mi. It will connect with the Feldspar trail. Turn left (E) and continue on until you see the climber access sign. Continue on the well marked trail towards the Girlie Man climbing area...
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    • Scottsdale, Arizona

      Climb Brusin' and Crusin' on Gardner's Wall

      This is a 100 foot 5.8 trad climb. Access the Hanging Garden's climbing area off of the Tom's Thumb Trail. About half way up the trail you will see signage for "Rock Climbing Access Route." On the sign you will see an arrow pointing towards Gardner's Wall. This is the direction you want to take. ...
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    • Scottsdale, Arizona

      Climb Girlie Man Near Tom's Thumb

      5.9+ 3 bolt slab. About 65ft. To get there you will start on the Tom's Thumb Trail for about .1 mi. Then take the Mesquite canyon trail left (SE) for .2mi. It will connect with the Feldspar trail. Turn left (E) and continue on until you see the climber access sign. Continue on the well marked tra...
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    • Scottsdale, Arizona

      Climb Hanging Garden's on Gardner's Wall

      This is a 2 pitch 5.6 trad climb. About 130 feet in total. Access the Hanging Garden's climbing area off of the Tom's Thumb Trail. About half way up the trail you will see signage for "Rock Climbing Access Route." On the sign you will see an arrow pointing towards Gardner's Wall. This is the dire...
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    • Scottsdale, Arizona

      Climb Sphincter Boy Near Tom's Thumb

      5.9 trad route. About 60ft. Can be set up as a Top Rope. To get there you will start on the Tom's Thumb Trail for about .1 mi. Then take the Mesquite canyon trail left (SE) for .2mi. It will connect with the Feldspar trail. Turn left (E) and continue on until you see the climber access sign. Cont...
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    • Roosevelt, Arizona

      Camp At Burnt Corral Campground On Apache Lake

      5.0
      Located in the Superstition Wilderness about 65 miles northeast of Phoenix, AZ, Apache Lake is one of the most popular recreational lakes in Arizona because it has something for everyone: hiking, boating, fishing, water skiing, camping, swimming, and more! The Burnt Corral Campground is located o...
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    • Phoenix, Arizona

      Hike Marcos de Niza Ridgeline / National Loop

      5.0
      2.8 mi / 640 ft gain
      This is somewhat of a hidden gem in South Mountain Park, the largest municipal park in the United States, even though it's right there for all to see. The best way to take advantage of this trail is to attack the ridgeline with an intense hiking pace or trail run, connecting it to the National Tr...
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    • Phoenix, Arizona

      Climb the East Face of the Praying Monk

      0.5 mi / 200 ft gain
      5.6 Sport climb, up an 80 foot face, 9 bolts to the top.  This was the first outdoor climb for myself. It opened the doors to getting out of the gym and becoming a part of the local climbing community. I highly recommend it, as it is not too difficult, and can be done with a group of people.  The...
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    • Phoenix, Arizona

      Echo Canyon Trail on Camelback Mountain

      4.5
      2.46 mi / 1214 ft gain
      If you live near or around Phoenix, you know that Camelback Mountain is pretty hard to miss. Due to the mountain's height, this hike isn't exactly what you would call easy. There are two sides of the mountain you can hike, Echo Canyon and Cholla Trail. Echo Canyon is shorter, but still an extreme...
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    • Phoenix, Arizona

      Climb the Praying Monk

      4.3
      0.5 mi
      Park at the Echo Canyon Parking Area.From the trailhead, hike up Echo trail until your reach the saddle.  At the saddle, you will turn south and start taking the climbers trail to the headwall, which is just past the sign that says "caution, active bee area."  Once you reach the headwall, there a...
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    • Phoenix, Arizona

      Quartz Ridge Trail

      4.5
      2.29 mi / 509 ft gain
      Quartz Ridge in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve (also known as Trail 8A) is a great escape getaway trail that can be done as a single track or combined with many intersecting trails. It is a very popular trail for hikers, trail runners, pet walkers, sky gawkers and more! The trailhead sits in a sm...
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    • Phoenix, Arizona

      Ruth Hamilton Trail

      3.32 mi / 981 ft gain
      Ruth Hamilton Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Phoenix, Arizona.
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    • Phoenix, Arizona

      Acer Summit Via Mormon Trail

      2.46 mi / 758 ft gain
      Acer Summit Via Mormon Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Phoenix, Arizona.
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    • Phoenix, Arizona

      Hidden Valley via the Mormon Loop Trail

      4.0
      3.63 mi / 873 ft gain
      This is a great spot for an afternoon hike near Phoenix. There are some beautiful rock formations, nice trails, and pretty stunning views of the city and desert beyond. It's open year round and is dog friendly so if you've got a pup, definitely bring it along. It gets super hot in the summer and ...
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