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”

Lost Dutchman State Park

Camping January 2, 2021 Location: 45 minutes from Central Phoenix Parking: First car included in camping fee Pets: Allowed in campgrounds and trails, but not the cabins Fee: $30 per night for one vehicle Restrooms: Yes Video: We camped at Lost Dutchman State Park for one night. This is only a 45 minute drive fromContinue reading “Lost Dutchman State Park”

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”

Petrified Forest National Park

Day Trip From Phoenix June 18th, 2020 Dog Friendly: Yes, but must be leashed. Fee: Yes. $25 per car. Good for one week. Restrooms at trailhead: Not all of them, but there is restrooms at the visitors centers. THINGS TO DO AT PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK: Petrified Forest National Park is only a 3.5 hour driveContinue reading “Petrified Forest National Park”

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”

San Francisco Peaks

Hike to Humphrey’s Peak June 6th, 2020 Length: 10.5 miles Route Type: Out & Back Elevation Gain: 3,352 ft Dog Friendly: Yes Fee: No Restrooms at trailhead: No THE HIKE: We drove to Humphreys Peak from Phoenix and we left Phoenix at about 6:00am. We got to Humphreys Trailhead at 9:00am. It was probably in the 50’s inContinue reading “San Francisco Peaks”

Three Sister’s Summit

May 2, 2020 Length: 6.9 miles to 8 miles Route Type: Out & Back Elevation Gain: 2,502 ft Dog Friendly: I would not recommend bringing dogs Fee: Technically yes Restrooms at trailhead: No HOW TO GET THERE: You start this hike from the same trailhead as Wave Cave, so the directions are the same. From the valley you needContinue reading “Three Sister’s Summit”

Piestewa Peak

February 9th, 2020 Length: 2.2 miles Route Type: Out & Back Elevation Gain: 1,151 ft Dog Friendly: No Fee: No Restrooms at trailhead: No Trail Hours: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. HOW TO GET THERE: Getting to Piestewa Peak is fairly simple these days whether you’re using Google Maps or Apple Maps. You can type in Piestewa Peak Trailhead andContinue reading “Piestewa Peak”

Weaver’s Needle and Fremont Saddle

February 8th, 2020 Length: 6.7 Route Type: Out & Back Elevation Gain: 1,647 ft Dog Friendly: Yes Fee: No Restrooms at trailhead: Yes HOW TO GET THERE: From the valley you need to get on the US-60 going East. After leaving Mesa, you’ll enter Apache Junction and Gold Canyon city limits. Take a left on Peralta Road heading north.Continue reading “Weaver’s Needle and Fremont Saddle”

Tom’s Thumb

October 5th, 2019 Length: 4 miles Route Type: Out & Back Elevation Gain: 1,236 ft Dog Friendly: Yes Fee: No Restrooms at trailhead: Yes HOW TO GET THERE: *It is open from sunrise to sunset. There is an access gate that opens and closes based on the changing day length throughout the year* Tom’s Thumb is located in NorthContinue reading “Tom’s Thumb”