View of the flatiron rise with its sheer red cliffsides.

Five Phoenix Area Hikes to De-stress During the Holidays

When counting to ten or taking a series of deep breaths proves useless against holiday-related stress, Phoenix-area trails can offer a much-needed respite. So instead of ripping your hair out or overdosing on chocolate to cope, consider strapping on those hiking shoes and hitting the dirt on one of these refreshing hikes.

Scenic view taken beside jutting rocks of the surrounding area including midtown Phoenix.

Phoenix Day Hike: Mohave Trail 200

If you want a climb to a view but don’t want to get hung up by the crowds on the Piestewa Summit Trail, Mohave could be your baby. This super-speedy hike is the perfect option when you’re short on time and don’t mind the huffing and puffing that comes with its quick elevation climb.

In the distance the low sun hits red rock cliff faces.

Phoenix Day Hike: Siphon Draw Trail to the Flatiron

While the official Siphon Draw Trail may not take you all the way up to the 4,861-foot high point of The Flatiron, hikers have forged a popular scrambling path to this vantage point that offers unbeatable views of The Valley to the west and equally mind-boggling views of the entire Superstition Wilderness to the east.

Petroglyphs marked on exposed granite.

Phoenix Day Hike: Waterfall Trail

Wheelchair-accessible and kid-friendly, the Waterfall Trail is just filled with delights. The graded-dirt portion includes educational plaques with details about surrounding plants, animals (bobcats, ringtails, bats, and hawks), and petroglyphs.

A red dirt trail cuts between brush and cacti.

Phoenix Day Hike: Spur Cross and Elephant Mountain Loop

This trek crosses Cave Creek (the body of water, not the town), climbs up and over Elephant Mountain, and offers a visit to a working water spring and an ancient ruin. Be one of the first in The Valley to travel these new trails just north of Cave Creek’s main drag.

Moon Take a Hike Phoenix

The Sonoran Desert draws visitors from far and wide to walk among the iconic Saguaro cacti, craggy boulders, and spiky plant life that can be found nowhere else. Phoenician Lilia Menconi grew up on these trails, and in Moon Take a Hike Phoenix, she shows you the best hikes in and around the city—all within […]