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Arizona has some of the best hiking trails in the country.
Whether you’re a newbie or one of those people who is up for anything – no matter how rugged – you’ll find just what you’re looking for in terms of beauty and adventure.
Here’s a list of Arizona’s hiking hits.
This is a great hike if you don’t have a whole lot of time but want to get in a good workout.
It’ll only take you about an hour and a half, but you’ll be able to get some awesome views of the city.
If you’re there at the right time, you can take in an amazing sunset, too.
With an elevation of 1180 feet, the trek is 2.4 miles and is appropriate for relative beginners, with benches along the way for rests.
It’s a popular spot, so don’t be surprised if you encounter some crowds.
If you’re in the Sedona area and you like to get your hike on, you have to do Devil’s Bridge.
This trail is easy to follow and about three-quarters of a mile in you’ll come to a rock staircase, but don’t get intimidated because you’re almost there!
Once you get close to the top, you’ll be able to take in some awesome views of the way you came up.
From there, you’re a short distance from Devil’s Bridge, which is well worth your effort.
You can even take a walk out on the bridge, but be aware that it can get icy in the winter.
When you’re hiking Scottsdale, Tom’s Thumb is one of the most fun jaunts you can experience. It’s a 4.2-mile round trip hike with a well-marked, easy-to-follow trail.
You’ll find the rock formation known as Tom’s Thumb at the summit, but there are also other caves and alcoves to explore once you reach the top.
The trailhead area was revamped in 2012 and offers nice restrooms and some maps to plan out your adventures.
Be sure to bring plenty of water for this popular hike.
Located at Arizona’s Prescott National Forest, this loop is a combination of trails, each designated with their own numbers.
The stunning trees are one of the biggest draws for this hike. You’ll see large Alligator Junipers, Ponderosa Pines and ancient cottonwoods along your journey.
You can expect some rougher terrain, as some trails are less traveled than others and may require you to bushwhack your way through some of the forest growth – but the views are worth the effort.
If you’re a newbie or just not into roughing it, the Aspen Peak is a great choice to get your hiking feet wet.
The climb is gradual and the path is wide, even accommodating horses.
Not too far into your trek, you’ll come to the Kingman Overlook, which gives you a stunning view of the valley below and the distant Cerbat Mountains.
You’ll see a variety of trees and huge granite boulders, too.
One of the most unique parts of this trail is the different life zones that you’ll pass through: chaparral, pine and oak, mixed conifer, as well as fir and aspen.
These hikes are just a drop in the bucket compared to all that AZ has to offer in terms of outdoor adventure.
No matter which you choose, make sure to educate yourself about the path and take plenty of water and other necessities.
Be safe, careful and have fun exploring Arizona!
Which trails do you plan on hiking this year?