Featured HIKING TRAILS
Northeast of Sedona in Oak Creek Canyon, the West Fork Trail is an 3 mile one-way hike up the West Fork of Oak Creek. From the trailhead, the trail runs northwest into the narrow canyon through lush vegetation with several creek crossings.
The General George Crook Trail follows a 138 mile route parallel to FS300 generally above the Mogollon Rim. The hiking trail is marked with intervisible chevrons (Vs) on the trees adjacent to the trail. The trail merges with Forest Road 300 on top of the Rim. A few mileposts with mileage indicated from Camp Verde have been placed along the trail by local clubs and groups. Many portions of the trail are not maintained as a footpath. Instead the chevrons blaze the route to follow.
Southeast of Camp Verde and north of Payson in the Tonto National Forest, the Highline National Recreation Trail is a 51 mile route located just south of the Mogollon Rim. The Highline Trail (#31) traverses steep, rocky rugged country that was once roamed by Geronimo and the site of many a skirmish between the Apaches and the U.S. Army.
In Grand Canyon National Park, the Bright Angle Trail is the classic main hiking route down into the Grand Canyon starting near the El Tovar lodge. It is a 5,500 feet descent to the Colorado River. Just make sure to save your energy for the climb back out up the 5,500 feet, but luckily there are cold drinks available at El Tovar lodge.
South of Show Low in the White Mountains, the Buena Vista Trail is a rolling 9 miles long route (10.5 with the connector to the parking lot) and follows narrow trails and old roads as it winds its way through the oak, pine, and manzanita. There are great views of the surrounding mountains, including Mt. Baldy.
Southwest of Alpine and Hannagan Meadow, the Ackre Lake Trail is a 3.5 mile one-way hiking route above 9,000 feet out to Ackre Lake. While the route was designed with skiers and bikers in mind, it is mainly used by hikers. This winding path meanders through aspen stands, broad cienegas as well as thick conifer forests. Opportunities to spy elk and deer are endless, as well as a quick glimpse of a bear or woodland hawk.
Southwest of Alpine in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, the Hannagan Meadow Loop is a great route (6 miles / 400 feet) for encountering wildlife along meadows above 9,000 feet, through tall-treed forests and groves of aspen. There is plenty of camping in the area and opportunities for more hiking are close on the Ackre Lake Trail.
West of Tucson in the Sonoran Desert, the Hugh Norris Trail is a 5 mile one-way hiking route ascending both Amole Peak and Wasson Peak for vistas of the Catalinas and Rincons. The hiking trail rolls through an amazing Saguaro forest. The trailhead can be found off Bajada Loop Drive, which is about 2.5 miles north of the Red Hills Visitor Center.
North of Clifton in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, the 12 mile AD Bar Trail passes through a variety of terrain and vegetation including ponderosa pine, pinyon and juniper. The hiking trail starts at 4,700 feet and climbs to over 7,000 feet before reaching HU Bar Ranch and Blue River.
In the Grand Canyon National Park, the Grandview Trail is an 8 mile round trip hike to a Colorado River vista on Horseshoe Mesa. The route is steep and narrow with continuous views over the canyon. The trailhead is located at Grandview Point.
Located southwest of Phoenix, the rugged 19,800 acre Estrella Mountain Regional Park has a network of trails ranging from 5 to 30 miles through spectacular mountain scenery. The infrequently traveled trails are refreshing compared to the crowds at South Mountain Park.
Northwest of Show Low and just southeast of Pinedale in the White Mountains, the Juniper Ridge (#640) is another excellent hard-pack trail. There are 7.2 mile and 14+ mile options as the trail winds through pine and junipers and offers some great views, especially at the Juniper Ridge Lookout. The hiking trailhead can be accessed by heading east of Show Low.
Southeast of Show Low in the White Mountains, the Timber Mesa Trail is a 6 mile hiking route that follows the top edge of the mesa and loops back along the Chimneys Fire Road. The trail on the top of the mesa is quite rocky.
East of Springerville in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, the Railroad Grade Trail is a 21 mile route at 9,100 feet. The entire trail follows an historic railroad route offering gentle trail grades and beautiful scenery. Formerly, the railroad hauled logs from various parts of the Apache National Forest and the White Mountain Apache Reservation and later hauled tourists from McNary on a tour of the White Mountains. The railroad has been unused for 3 decades and is now an excellent hiking route.
West of Show Low in the White Mountains, the Ghost Of The Coyote Trail is a 16 mile route shared with bikers and equestrians. The route follows old logging road through pinon-juniper forests.
Northeast of Sedona in Oak Creek Canyon, the North Wilson Trail is a 7 mile round trip up 2,300 feet for an awesome vista on the way up of Mt Wilson (7,045 feet). The route begins in oak and chaparral forest and then climbs through dense pine forest with many switchbacks before reaching the summit.