Right now is the best time in the Valley to experience the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. I love all the wonderful hiking trails we have in the area. I find that a lot of people feel that many of our trails are too challenging. The desert trails are rocky and hard to maneuver for some of my family and friends that come to visit me.
A good example is my 82 year old mother, who comes to visit from Germany. She is still very active and loves to get out into nature but many of the rugged trails in the area are just too much for her. So I set out to find some easier trails in the area. I still wanted them to be in the desert, so my family could experience the beauty of the Sonoran Desert, but without all the rocky trails and steep inclines.
In this article I would like to share some of my favorite trails to experience the Sonoran Desert. I selected trails almost anyone can walk and enjoy.
Merkle Trail - Usery Mountain Regional Park
For more information about the trail go to the Usery Mountain Regional Park website.
The entrance to the park is at 3939 Usery Pass Rd, Mesa, AZ 85207
Toothaker Trail - Estrella Mountain Regional Park
The Toothaker trail is a moderately easy hike that winds through the valley of Estrella Mountain Park. It is a gentle up and down through washes and is a bit rocky. The trail offers up beautiful views of the Estrella Mountain range and connects with many of the other trails in the park. The trail is multi-use and heavily used by mountain bikers and horseback riders.
See our video for a short loop hike including the Toothaker, Dysart and Butterfield Trail.
For more information on the trail, go to Estrella Mountain Regional Park website
The entrance to the Park is at 14805 W Vineyard Ave, Goodyear, AZ 85338
Las Lomitas Trail - Phoenix South Mountain Park
South Mountain Park is one of the largest municipally managed parks in the nation and consists of three mountain ranges - the Ma Ha Tauk, Gila and Guadalupe. The park boasts more than 51 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Additionally, the roadways throughout the park are a favorite for bicyclists.
The Las Lomitas Trail is a moderately easy hike that mostly stays in the valley between the mountain ranges and has few elevation gains. It winds though washes and is rocky in some areas. It offers a beautiful Sonoran Desert experience, with views of the city of Phoenix to the north.
For information on the trail go the Phoenix South Mountain Park Website
the entrance to South Mountain Park is at 10919 S Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
There are many, many trails in the Phoenix area to experience the Sonoran Desert. I choose these three because they are relatively easy hikes, which makes them great for family outings.
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