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4,341 mi 6,986 km of trail 88 Recommended Routes

Gems 5 Gems Easy Trails 415 Trails Intermediate Trails 646 Trails Hard Trails 257 Trails
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Gems in Central AZ - 5

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gem Favorite Cliff jumpers take advantage of the scenery for excellent action shots (we saw one person jump from the top of the waterfall)

Fossil Creek Falls

(16) Pine, AZ
gem Favorite This is just a sampling of the hieroglyphics you'll see along the trail.

Hieroglyphs

(15) Apache…, AZ
gem Favorite Sunrise from Goldmine Mountain.

Goldmine Mountain Peak

(8) Queen C…, AZ
gem Favorite View of Montezuma Well

Montezuma Well

(7) Lake Mo…, AZ
gem Favorite Montezuma's Castle.

Montezuma Castle

(5) Camp Verde, AZ

Recommended Routes in Central AZ - 88

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Favorite View from the end of the trail. From here you may choose to walk onto the bridge or for those with a fear of heights can stay right here and enjoy the view as well.
Intermediate

Devil's Bridge Trail

1.6 mi 2.5 km 342' Up 104.32 m Up 342' Down 104.24 m Down

West Se…, AZ
Favorite Sunset over Phoenix while descending Camelback
Difficult

Camelback Mountain via Cholla Trail

3.2 mi 5.2 km 1,193' Up 363.49 m Up 1,190' Down 362.66 m Down

Paradis…, AZ
Favorite View north from near summit of Tom's Thumb.
Difficult

Tom's Thumb

4.4 mi 7.1 km 1,084' Up 330.45 m Up 1,084' Down 330.28 m Down

Rio Verde, AZ
Favorite Tree hanging on the edge of the rock!
Intermediate

West Fork Oak Creek Trail

5.4 mi 8.7 km 510' Up 155.34 m Up 510' Down 155.51 m Down

Sedona, AZ
Favorite Two rocky heads stand alongside the Bear Mountain Trail.
Difficult

Bear Mountain Trail

4.6 mi 7.4 km 1,932' Up 588.9 m Up 1,932' Down 588.9 m Down

West Se…, AZ
Favorite The saddle above Flatiron Trail, lit by the city, about 2:30AM. For me, the moment the camera earned its pack weight.
Difficult

Superstition Ridgeline

11.2 mi 18.1 km 3,431' Up 1045.89 m Up 3,286' Down 1001.49 m Down

Apache…, AZ
Favorite Along the Peralta Canyon Trail, you'll have a spectacular view of the mountains behind you as you're on your way to Weaver's Needle.
Intermediate/Difficult

Peralta Out and Back

4.5 mi 7.2 km 1,338' Up 407.81 m Up 1,337' Down 407.66 m Down

Gold Camp, AZ
Favorite Brins Mesa
Intermediate/Difficult

Brins Mesa - Soldier Pass Loop

8.0 mi 12.9 km 970' Up 295.76 m Up 970' Down 295.57 m Down

West Se…, AZ

Trails in Central AZ - 1230

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0.5 mi 0.9 km #1Cathedral Rock Trail
Difficult
West Sedona, AZ
Difficult
West Sedona, AZ 55 
2.4 mi 3.9 km #2Siphon Draw Trail #53
Difficult
Apache Junction, AZ
Difficult
Apache Junction, AZ 36 
1.1 mi 1.8 km #3Echo Canyon Summit Trail
Difficult
Paradise Valley, AZ
Difficult
Paradise Valley, AZ 46 
1.1 mi 1.8 km #4Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300
Difficult
Paradise Valley, AZ
Difficult
Paradise Valley, AZ 43 
3.2 mi 5.1 km #5Hangover Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Sedona, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Sedona, AZ 14 
2.7 mi 4.3 km #6Cibecue Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Cibecue, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Cibecue, AZ 10 
2.4 mi 3.8 km #7Dynamite Trail
Intermediate
Queen Creek, AZ
Intermediate
Queen Creek, AZ
8.0 mi 12.9 km #8Superstition Ridgeline Trail
Very Difficult
Apache Junction, AZ
Very Difficult
Apache Junction, AZ
1.2 mi 1.9 km #9Mormon Trail
Intermediate
Guadalupe, AZ
Intermediate
Guadalupe, AZ 22 
1.3 mi 2.0 km #10Doe Mountain Rim Trail
Intermediate
West Sedona, AZ
Intermediate
West Sedona, AZ 13 
2.5 mi 4.1 km #11Goldmine Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Queen Creek, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Queen Creek, AZ 10 
2.9 mi 4.6 km #12Boynton Canyon Trail #47
Intermediate
West Sedona, AZ
Intermediate
West Sedona, AZ 16 
1.5 mi 2.3 km #13Broken Arrow Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Sedona, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Sedona, AZ 11 
4.5 mi 7.2 km #14Granite Mountain Loop Trail
Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
1.8 mi 3.0 km #15Soldier Pass Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Sedona, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Sedona, AZ 13 
3.9 mi 6.4 km #16200 Trail
Difficult
Payson, AZ
Difficult
Payson, AZ
15.6 mi 25.1 km #17Pemberton Loop Trail
Intermediate
Rio Verde, AZ
Intermediate
Rio Verde, AZ
4.1 mi 6.6 km #18Crack in the Mountain Trail
Intermediate
Lake Havasu City, AZ
Intermediate
Lake Havasu City, AZ
0.7 mi 1.1 km #19Oak Creek Trail
Easy
West Sedona, AZ
Easy
West Sedona, AZ
5.7 mi 9.2 km #20Go John Trail
Difficult
Cave Creek, AZ
Difficult
Cave Creek, AZ 11 

Photos of Central AZ - 1087

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From 'spines' to 'pines' runners climb from the desert to the cool forests of the Bradshaw Mountains in Crown King, Arizona!
Aug 24, 2018 near New River, AZ
Dawn from the top of Flatiron Trail
Jan 25, 2020 near Apache…, AZ
The saddle above Flatiron Trail, lit by the city, about 2:30AM. For me, the moment the camera earned its pack weight.
Jan 25, 2020 near Apache…, AZ
Moonbow on way up Carney slope.
Jan 25, 2020 near Apache…, AZ
Moonbow halfway up the initial Carney Spring climb.
Jan 25, 2020 near Apache…, AZ
Mammillaria Grahamii - Arizona Fishhook Cactus
Jul 17, 2018 near Tempe J…, AZ
Shot from the adjacent Made In The Shade Trail off of Slim Shady Trail, which is just slightly higher and gives a better view of Bell Rock & Courthouse Butte
Nov 24, 2019 near Village…, AZ
Sunset over Phoenix while descending Camelback
Mar 8, 2019 near Paradis…, AZ