Nature May 03, 2017
8 Amazing Arizona Hikes Under 3 Miles You’ll Absolutely Love
Feel like going out and about this weekend? Instead of spending another weekend on your bum in front of the TV, at the theater, or in the car, get up and go for a hike! Here’s a look at a handful of great hikes that are short and relatively easy.
Please note, Aspen Draw Trail is temporarily closed.
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1. Aspen Draw Trail, Tucson
This short hike starts just outside Mount Lemmon Ski Valley and wanders briefly through the pine, aspen, and fir trees. It’s a nice, steady climb that is almost entirely shaded and will introduce you to a variety of wild mushrooms. Near the end of the trail are a few switchbacks that will require a little extra effort but these equate to less than a quarter mile. Once you reach the top, simply turn around and head back in the same direction!
Miles: 2.4 miles roundtrip
2. Devil’s Bridge Trail, Sedona
If there’s any trail from this list that is a must-do, this would be it. One of the many popular trails in Sedona, this just happens to be short, sweet, and absolutely gorgeous. The trail will take you to the bridge, which you can cross if you have the guts to do so!
Miles: 1.8 miles roundtrip
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3. Fatmans Loop Trail, Flagstaff
This super easy trail is perfect for those looking for a quick trek into nature that won’t take all day. Seated right along the base of Mount Elden, the trail gives you an incredible view of the old lava flows that still sit on the mountainside and the wide trail makes this easy to navigate.
Miles: 2 miles loop
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4. Foothills Loop Trail at Kartchner Caverns State Park
You’ll find a couple trails at this state park that will introduce you to the desert landscape that sits above the beautiful caverns. For the most part, this trail is an easy walk with gradual inclines. However, there is one section that will take you to Mountain Viewpoint and is a particularly steep climb. If you worry your knees won’t make it up, don’t worry, you can always skip that section and continue on your way.
Miles: 2.5 mile loop
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5. Monolith Garden Trail, Kingman
Want to see some incredible rock formations without putting your body through a rigorous hike? Monolith Garden near Kingman is a collection of towering rock formations—hence the name—and is a great way to see some of the lovely desert landscape around the area. It’s especially pretty when the wildflowers are blooming, making this area appear more colorful and more magical than you might expect!
Miles: 1.8 mile loop
6. Sandy Seep Trail, Flagstaff
This easy trail is the starting point for a collection of other trails and is a good introduction to the area if you’ve never had the chance to hike the Peaks before. The trail is wide, smooth, and mostly shady for a a slow elevation climb up Mount Elden.
Miles: 3 miles roundtrip
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7. Treasure Loop Trail, Lost Dutchman State Park
When the day temperatures are cool, you’ll want to check out this easy hike at Lost Dutchman State Park. This loop trail takes you around the base of the Superstition Mountains and is a great introduction to the rugged landscape.
Miles: 2.4 mile loop
Arizona State Parks
8. Yavapai Point Trail, Lake Pleasant
Located just off the banks of Lake Pleasant, this short trail offers some great views of the lake and mountains nearby. The last 1000 feet are pretty steep but it’s a short portion with views that make the trek worth the effort.
Miles: 1.4 miles one-way
Those look fantastic, don’t they? If you want to check out more incredible hikes around the state, read
These 12 Trails In Arizona Will Lead You To Extraordinary Ancient Ruins for some inspiration. I’m sure you’ll find a trail that you’ll love!