10 Best Hikes in Arizona to Dare the Adventurer in You

Being home to the Grand Canyon National Park, hiking in Arizona is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in the US state. Many natural sites like the Monument Valley and the Camelback Mountain offer great opportunities for hiking Arizona. While simple trails like the Wildcat Trail and the Bell Rock Trail are smooth to hike, others like the Mount Humphreys Peak Trail and Brown’s Peak Trail will test an adventurer’s hiking skills. If you are an outdoor enthusiast and wish to explore the wilderness of Arizona, then take a look at these 10 best hikes in Arizona to dare the adventurer in you. 

1. Flatiron via Siphon Draw Trail

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The Flatiron Via Siphon Draw Trail is dotted with lovely wildflowers, but it is not for the faint-hearted. Recommended for the experienced hikers, the trail has an elevation gain of over 2,900 feet. Located near the Apache Junction in Arizona, the hike is stretched for a length of 6.2 miles. Bird-watching, camping, and rock climbing are the other activities offered by the trail. You may also walk your dog here on the leash.

Difficulty Level: Hard

Time taken to complete the hike: 4-6 hours

Best time to hike: September-June

2. Mount Humphreys Peak Trail

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If you are game for some strenuous Arizona hiking, then the Mount Humphreys Peak Trail is your best bet. With the summit at 12,633 feet, the Humphreys Peak is the highest point in Arizona. After hiking for more than 5 miles one way and gaining an elevation of over 3,000 feet, you will be welcomed by breathtaking vistas at the top. If you are hiking on a clear day, you might even be able to see the Grand Canyon.  

Difficulty Level: Hard

Time taken to complete the hike: 6-8 hours

Best time to visit: All year-round

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3. Cholla Trail, Camelback Mountain

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One of the best hikes in Phoenix can be experienced along the Camelback Mountain Via Cholla Trail. It is an out and back 2.4-mile trail, with an elevation gain of over 1,100 feet. It is a moderately challenging hike, getting a little difficult towards the end due to the steep gradient. As you hike along the trail, you may spot some wildlife and will come across lovely wildflowers. Few adventurers also use the Cholla Trail to enjoy mountain biking.  

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Time taken to complete the hike: 2-4 hours

Best time to hike: September-May 

4. Brown’s Trail to Browns Peak 

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Brown’s Peak Trail is one of the best hikes in Arizona for the extreme adventurers. This 4.7-mile out and back trail is moderately easy for the first two miles, but then is a difficult scramble to the top. Not recommended for the novice hikers, the Brown’s Trail has an elevation gain of about 2,000 feet. Wildlife and wildflowers are commonly spotted along the way, while many are attracted towards the trail to enjoy the activity of birding. 

Difficulty Level: Hard

Time taken to complete the hike: 6-8 hours

Best time to hike: All year-round

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5. Hike to Havasu Falls

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The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the best places to hike in Arizona. Reserve an entire weekend to enjoy the beauty of the Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon. Starting from the Havasupai Trailhead in the Havasupai Indian Reservation, you will first have to walk for 8 miles to reach the village of Supai. From there, a couple of miles more and you will reach the Havasupai Campground. Although the trail experiences an elevation gain of about 2,000 feet, it is an easy trail for a physically fit hiker.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Time taken to complete the hike: 5-7 hours

Best time to hike: All year-round

6. Wildcat Trail, Monument Valley

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A great way of viewing the famous rock buttes in Monument Valley is by hiking along the Wildcat Trail. This is a 3.9-mile simple loop with a minimal elevation gain of 380 feet. This trail offers you the best chance of viewing wildlife in Arizona. Being one of the only hiking trails in Arizona that does not require any guide, you will find it to be heavily trafficked. Horseback riding, off-road driving, and mountain biking can also be enjoyed along the Wildcat Trail.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Time taken to complete the hike: 1-3 hours

Best time to hike: April-October 

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7. Bell Rock Trail

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If you are looking for relatively easy hikes in Arizona, then the Bell Rock Trail is ideal for you. The trail is just 0.75 miles long. You will find many people walking along the trail as it is a very simple hike. The Bell Rock Trail also promises breathtaking vistas at each step of the hike. If you are exploring Arizona with kids then this is just the right trail to take. 

Difficulty Level: Easy

Time taken to complete the hike: 1-2 hours

Best time to hike: All year-round

8. Broken Arrow Trail

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The Broken Arrow Trail is one of those Arizona hiking trails that can be enjoyed by trekkers of all skill levels. It is a 3.2-mile loop trail with a little elevation gain of over 400 feet. While you may hike along the entire loop, a significant length of it is dedicatedly enjoyed by off-road driving. As you walk along the trail, you will also come upon a fascinating naturally formed sinkhole. If you get lucky, you may even spot some wildlife. 

Difficulty level: Easy

Time taken to complete the hike: 1-2 hours

Best time to hike: All year-round 

9. West Fork Trail, Coconino National Forest

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Arizona hiking cannot get any better for families with the West Fork Trail near Sedona. This 7.2-mile trail, with an elevation gain of over 800 feet is right for adventurers of all skill levels. Featuring a river, there are about 13 river-crossings throughout the trail and many spots to rest while walking along. With the tall trees forming a canopy over the West Fork Trail, you will have the best hiking experience in Arizona.   

Difficulty Level: Easy

Time taken to complete the hike: 2-4 hours

Best time to hike: All year-round

10. Bright Angel Trail to Three Mile Resthouse

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The Bright Angel Trail to Three Mile Resthouse is a 5.4-mile out and back trail. As you walk along the trail, you will experience an elevation gain of over 2,000 feet. This trail is for those who are interested in viewing fascinating geological formations. Considered to be moderately challenging, the trail is recommended only for those who are physically fit. The trail features a river and also offers the opportunity of viewing some wildlife.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Time taken to complete the hike: 3-5 hours

Best time to hike: September-May

With miles of trails available to challenge the hiker in you, it is time to lace up your boots and explore the best hiking places in Arizona.

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