Black Top Mesa

Superstition Wilderness The Quick Stats Distance: 11.7. miles out & back Elevation change: 1,981 ft Type: Maintained trail Restrooms at the Trailhead: yes Water at the trailhead: no Dogs allowed: yes Parking lot: yes, moderate size with overflow parking Hiker’s ledger: yes Getting here There are technically many ways to get to Black Top Mesa.Continue reading “Black Top Mesa”


Spencer Trail Marble Canyon, AZ Lees Ferry has a rich history and somewhat controversial. We encourage you to read some of the history here. And to read more about the area on the Glen Canyon National Recreation site here. The National Park website is a great resource with additional links and information about the entireContinue reading “LEES FERRY HIKES”

Brown’s Ranch to Balanced Rock

McDowell Sonoran Preserve January 10, 2021 Location: North Scottsdale Distance: We logged 9 miles out and back Parking: There is a pretty big lot. If the lot is full we recommend to park at Granite Trailhead Pets: Yes Fee: No Restrooms: Yes We were trying to find something new to hike inside of the valleyContinue reading “Brown’s Ranch to Balanced Rock”

Governors Peak

Hells Canyon Wilderness January 1, 2021 Location: About 1 hour and 20 minutes from Phoenix. North of Lake Pleasant Distance: We logged 6.25 miles out and back Parking: There isn’t a parking lot (read on for more details) Pets: Yes, but we wouldn’t recommend if you are hiking to the summit Fee: No Restrooms: NoContinue reading “Governors Peak”

Praying Hands

Via Treasure Loop Trail January 2, 2021 Location: 45 minutes from Central Phoenix Parking: If going here on a weekend we recommend to get here early. The lot can fill up Hours: Trail 6 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Day Use Gates are closed and locked from 8 p.m.- 6 a.m. daily Length: 3.5 miles outContinue reading “Praying Hands”

Picket Post Trail

Tonto National Forest November 21st, 2020 Distance: 5 mile out & back Dog Friendly: Yes, but at a certain point it would be difficult to have a dog. Fee: No. Restrooms at trailhead: Yes. HOW TO GET THERE: From wherever you are in the the Phoenix-metro valley, the US 60 East is the only highway leading to theContinue reading “Picket Post Trail”

Boulder Canyon Trail 103

Superstition Wilderness November 14th, 2020 Distance: 8.7 out & back Dog Friendly: Yes. Fee: If you park at the marina across the street there isn’t, but if that lot is full and you have to park across the bridge then you need a pass. America The Beautiful Pass works. You can put it on your dashboard. RestroomsContinue reading “Boulder Canyon Trail 103”

Lookout Mountain Summit

Easy Hikes In Phoenix August 22nd, 2020 Distance: 1 mile round trip Dog Friendly: Yes. Fee: No Restrooms at trailhead: No. Kid Friendly: Yes. THE HIKE: Lookout Mountain is North of Phoenix. This mountain is in between Greenway and Thunderbird and is in the Moon Valley area. It was about a 30 minute drive from South Scottsdale. ThereContinue reading “Lookout Mountain Summit”

Picacho Peak via Hunter Trail

Picacho Peak State Park August 9th, 2020 Dog Friendly: Yes, but must be leashed. They can only go up to the saddle of Hunter Trail. I wouldn’t recommend bringing dogs. Fee: $7 vehicle fee Restrooms at trailhead: Not at Hunter Trailhead but there is restrooms by the entrance of the state park. Video: click here THEContinue reading “Picacho Peak via Hunter Trail”

Watson Lake

Kayak at Watson Lake June 28th, 2020 Dog Friendly: Yes. Fee: $3 to enter Watson Park Restrooms at trailhead: Yes there is multiple bathrooms throughout the park Video: click here KAYAKING: We rented kayaks from Prescott Outdoors for $20 per hour. It took us a little bit to actually find where Prescott Outdoors is located. WeContinue reading “Watson Lake”