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    Top Spots in and near Fort McDowell

    • Phoenix, Arizona

      Shadow Mountain Loop

      2.07 mi / 600 ft gain
      Shadow Mountain Loop is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Phoenix, Arizona.
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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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    • Tempe, Arizona

      Catch a Sunset from Tempe Town Lake and the Mill Avenue Bridge

      4.5
      Last year I went to Phoenix for a few days for work.  I googled lots of places to shoot pictures around Phoenix, but the majority of them were in neighboring areas, and I only had an hour or two after work and couldn't drive an hour to a better photography spot.  One place that kept coming up was...
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    • Phoenix, Arizona

      Mojave Connector Trail #202

      2.18 mi / 820 ft gain
      The best starting point to access this hike is parking at the Mojave Picnic Area and heading up the Mojave Trail #200. At .4 miles, you will hit the junction and stating point for the Mojave Connector Trail. Head left at the saddle and begin a rapid ascent up switchbacks to a small flattened summ...
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    • Phoenix, Arizona

      Freedom Trail Loop

      5.0
      3.8 mi / 1093 ft gain
      As the third longest trail in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, the Freedom Trail provides a great option for those looking for a longer hike, which can also be made even a bit longer by bolting on the Piestewa Summit hike along the way (adds 1.2 miles additional and a view from the top!). Many look...
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    • Phoenix, Arizona

      Piestewa Peak Summit

      4.4
      2.25 mi / 1050 ft gain
      Piestewa Peak, formerly known as Squaw Peak and conveniently located in the heart of the Phoenix metropolitan area, is a relatively short hike that yields impressive views of the city and is a perfect spot to watch the sunset. Piestewa Peak is a popular spot for locals who do not want to drive or...
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    • Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Hieroglyphic Trail

      5.0
      2.9 mi / 614 ft gain
      This hike is a great beginner hike for those who want to experience the beauty of the Superstitions. I suggest going early in the morning because this trail gets very crowded later in the day (especially on weekends). To get to the trailhead from US60, turn north onto Kings Ranch Road where you ...
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    • Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Peak 5057 via Hieroglyphic Trail

      5.0
      7.45 mi / 3045 ft gain
      To get to the trailhead from US60, turn north onto Kings Ranch Road where you will begin the winding path through the neighborhoods.  From Kings Ranch Road, turn east on Baseline Ave, north on Mohican Road, west on Valley View Drive, north on Whitetail Road, and east on Cloudview Ave until it com...
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    • Phoenix, Arizona

      North Mountain Trail

      4.7
      1.42 mi / 571 ft gain
      Beginning from the start of the trail on 7th Street, this short hike can be a good quick workout that offers great views of the greater Phoenix area.  Be aware that this hike is a fairly steep climb 600 feet to the top.   Once you reach the summit of North Mountain you'll find great views of the...
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    • Phoenix, Arizona

      Shaw Butte Trail

      5.0
      4.22 mi / 866 ft gain
      The Shaw Butte Trail is a short loop hike that leads you to the top of Shaw Butte in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve.  Beginning from the trailhead on Central Avenue, The first section of trail follows a steady uphill service road to the top.  Near the top you'll find an array of towers and a good...
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    • Cave Creek, Arizona

      Hike the Go John Trail

      5.0
      5.6 mi / 804 ft gain
      As you park at the trailhead, you have the option to take this trail in either direction. I recommend that you travel north, which will immediately provide 0.75 miles of elevation gain. You will then reach a pass with panoramic views of the Tonto National Forest. A bench in this area provides the...
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    • Phoenix, Arizona

      Apache Wash Loop Trail

      5.79 mi / 541 ft gain
      This hike begins at the Apache Wash Trailhead where you will find restrooms and a covered rest area. This loop is simple to follow and offers various shortcuts along with an access to an optional summit climb.  The loop begins from the north-east end of the parking lot near the restrooms. Turn l...
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    • Cave Creek, Arizona

      Elephant Mountain Fortress Hike

      5.0
      5.5 mi / 867 ft gain
      This hike beings at Spur Cross Ranch in Cave Creek, which is a lush riparian area flowing with Saguaros. Starting at the trailhead, you will start this loop by hiking clockwise on Tortuga trail which will connect with the Elephant Mountain trail at 1.5 miles. As you start to ascend the Elephant M...
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    • Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Catch a Sunset at Three Sisters

      5.0
      Three Sisters is a huge rock formation in the southern area of the Superstition Mountains.  This spot is only about an hour outside of Phoenix and it's a great spot to do photography in the evening or morning.This is accessed from the Wave Cave parking lot on the way to the nearby Peralta Trailhe...
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    • Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Superstition Peak 5057 via Carney Springs

      5.0
      7.71 mi / 2831 ft gain
      This is the true beast hike of the Superstitions. If you think Flatiron is a toughy, give this a whirl! You will be poked, prodded, slapped, smacked, jolted, tripped and stabbed the entire way, but rewarded with arguably the finest sights the valley of the sun has to offer: the entire Superstitio...
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