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If you love to hike, you will LOVE Arizona. During the winter months, we are typically in the 50's, and on up to 70's, and it's perfect for being outdoors. For anyone that hikes or just wants to stroll along a trail, be sure to be prepared. Bring plenty of water and a cell phone. So often on the news, there are news stories about those people being rescued from this or that mountain, or lost! Even when I take a stroll - because it certainly isn't a "hike" for me, I bring water, and I'm never alone.
When those that are unfamiliar with our climate, exit the airplane with shorts and t-shirts, (coming from the east) they're ready to rock and roll and love our warm and sunny outdoors.
I'm providing a list of some of our hiking trails for those of you looking for a good trail. Be sure to check and make sure they are still open. Due to the economy shift, some may be closed.
1. Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Recreation Area - East McDonald Drive - Phoenix, Az 85018; Phone: 602.262-4837
2. Piestewa Peak - 2701 East Squaw Peak Drive, Phoenix, Az 85016; Phone: 602.262-7901 (right off of the 51)
3. Superstition Mountains at Lost Dutchman State Park - State Route 88, Apache Junction, Az; Phone: 520.982-4485
4. Dreamy Draw Recreation Area - 2421 East Northern Avenue, Phoenix 85021; Phone: 602.262-6696
5. Tempe Town Lake - Mill Avenue and Rio Salado, Tempe 85289; Phone: 480.350-8625
6. Papago Park - 625 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix 85008; Phone: 602.256-3220
7. South Mountain Park - 10919 South Central Avenue, Phoenix 85042; Phone: 602.495-0222
8. Shaw Butte Park - 12898 North Central Avenue, Phoenix 85020; Phone: 602.262-6696
9. Thunderbird Park - 9170 East Thunderbird Road, Scottsdale 85260; Phone: 480.312-2771
These trails are very popular and well marked. There are others as well. Just off of I-60 heading east from Mesa into Gold Canyon, there is a nice and mild hill on the north side of the freeway. I see cars parked there daily. Enjoy your hike, but again - take plenty of water, wear good hiking shoes, and take a cell and a friend. ;-)