8 Arizona Hiking Trails to Break in Your New Trail Running Shoes

Mar 13, 2021

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by Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy

Are your trail running shoes as worn down and familiar as the hiking trails you take them on every weekend? Then it’s time to switch things up! Arizona is so much more than a desert. It’s home to many beautiful, unique, and challenging hiking trails. From the northern rivers of Page to the southern reaches of Tucson, there’s sure to be a hiking trail to ignite the adventurer in you. So, pick up some new running shoes and take them exploring along these hiking trails.

Northern Arizona

Horseshoe Bend Trail
Easy | Page | 1.3 miles | Route: Out and Back | Season: Year-round
Arguably the easiest trail on this list, the hike up to Horseshoe bend is well worth the short trek. Tourists and locals alike make the hike to the breathtaking view of the river bend. This trail is accessible to hikers of all skill levels. People with dogs looking for a short hike would do well on this trail.

Devil’s Bridge Trail
Moderate | Sedona | 4.2 miles | Route: Out and Back | Season: Year-round
One of the most photo-worthy and popular trails, the Devil’s Bridge is reached after a steep hike. The bridge narrows to only five feet in width. Hikers who dare to venture across the natural bridge are greeted with a view of the Red Rock Mountains of Coconino National Forest.

Cathedral Rock Trail
Moderate | Sedona | 1 mile | Route: Out and Back | Season: Year-round
Cathedral rock hiking trails in Sedona Arizona

 

If you’re looking for more vantage points of the Red Rocks, you can’t go wrong with the view from Cathedral Rock. This short but steep trail offers amazing spacious views throughout the entire hike.

Central Arizona 

Camelback Mountain: Echo Canyon and Cholla Trails
Difficult | Phoenix | 4.5 miles | Route: Out and Back | Season: Year-round
The entrance of Camelback mountain hiking trails

 

Many Valley residents pass by Camelback Mountain on a regular basis, but few are aware of how difficult this landmark truly is to conquer. Hikers have two major trails to choose from: Echo Canyon and Cholla. Both require expert hiking experience. Make sure you plan ahead, avoid the worst of the summer heat, wear your best running shoes, and bring plenty of water if you want to check these trails off your to-do list.

Piestewa Peak Summit Trail
Difficult | Phoenix | 2.2 miles | Route: Out and Back | Season: Fall — Spring
Located just outside Phoenix, in the Phoenix Mountain Preserves, this trail is short but steep. Expect to see plenty of other hikers on the trail (unless you go early in the morning) as this is a very popular spot. The view of the sprawling city below the mountain is well worth the effort.

Flatiron Via Siphon Draw Trail
Difficult | Apache Junction | 6.2 miles | Route: Out and Back | Season: Fall — Spring
This hiking trail, located in the Lost Dutchman State Park, would be considered by many as the most difficult trail on this list. Hikers should familiarize themselves with their chosen path before setting off on the journey. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash at all time.
Note: There is an entry fee due to the fact this trail is in a state park.

Southern Arizona

Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
Moderate | Tucson | 7.9 miles | Route: Out and Back | Season: Year-round
Although the terrain isn’t steep, the length of the trail can wear many hikers out. Those who complete the trek will be rewarded with views of a small waterfall and the southern Arizona scenery.
Note: If you choose this trail solely to view the waterfall, plan your trip so there will be a full running stream since the river bed will dry up during certain seasons.

Romero Canyon to Romero Pools Trail
Moderate | Tucson | 5.5 miles | Route: Out and Back | Season: Fall — Spring
Romero Canyon hiking trails

 

In Catalina State Park, just outside of Tucson, hikers can follow the trail, which begins flat but turns into steep terrain. Alongside the trail, hikers can enjoy wildflowers and the Sutherland Wash, which flows seasonally. No dogs are allowed; however, hikers can give their running shoes a break and take a ride on a horse.
Note: There is an entry fee due to the fact this trail is in a state park.

From the red rocks of the north to the canyons of the south, the hiking trails in Arizona are as varied as the individuals who live in the state. Whether the trail you choose is easy or difficult, an hour’s trek or a day’s journey, be sure to pack plenty of water and wear proper running shoes to help prevent any strain on your legs and feet.

Just like the numerous hiking trails, there are many Foothills Sports Medicine locations all throughout the greater Phoenix area. If you’re starting to add hiking to your exercise routine or are an experienced trail runner and would like to come in for a tune-up and fitness assessment find the location nearest you, and request an appointment. Foothills will help you get back on your feet, so you can get back to lacing up your running shoes and tackling those trails.

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