Arizona Hiking RSS
Hot weather desert hiking changes routines, and mine has switched to a daily cooler morning urban 3-mile walk / hike through the neighborhood in the Ahwatukee Foothills below South Mountain. The Foothills are loaded with hiking options, and this one is an especially nice way to start the day.
Urban hiking: Downtown Phoenix looks so small out there, but caught this view of a fire in progress near the downtown area during a morning climb to the summits.
Yes, one can sneeze and bump into hiking tips and how-to's online, but desert hiking safety is so critical, it should appear everywhere. Here is one take based on experience and mistakes made.
Telegraph Pass in South Mountain Park, Phoenix, is my hands down home favorite for regular workouts. It's a beautiful trail ... tough enough to get your heart pumping with heavy breathing, and user friendly enough for beginning hikers to get their new boots dusty.