It may be too hot for most of us to hike in the Phoenix area during the summer, but northern Arizona offers some spectacular hiking trails. Lace up your hiking boots, throw some snacks and water in the car, and set out for the cool, alpine areas of our state.
FATMAN’S LOOP TRAIL
This popular hiking trail near Flagstaff is a moderate 2.4 miles. It is loved for its views and family-friendly ease.
INNER BASIN TRAIL
You’ll understand why this trail is so popular immediately! The narrow switchback trail through the thick aspen forest is an experience like none other. This 3.2-mile trail is rated as moderate and the elevation does impact desert dwellers a bit.
FISHER POINT & WALNUT CANYON
Following a portion of the Arizona Trail, this 12-mile out and back trail is rated moderate for its length. You’ll find peace and quiet on this lightly used trail which takes you to a beautiful lake. It’s also a great trail for biking.
LAVA RIVER CAVE
To truly escape the summer heat, go underground in the Lava River Cave just outside of Flagstaff where the temps are about 42 degrees year-round. Although the trail is only 0.4 miles, it is rated moderate due to its steep entrance, jagged and uneven terrain, and tight spots. It is not for the claustrophobic! Wear rugged hiking shoes and bring three sources of light. It is pitch black down there!
If you’re looking for waterfalls and a beautiful creek, this is the trail for you. This popular trail is 8.5 miles out and back and is rated moderate for its length. There are creek crossings, but most of them allow you to hop across on rocks and logs without getting wet. This trail will keep you in the shade most of the time.
SEE CANYON TRAIL
This 6.1-mile out and back trail is rated moderate but rated spectacular for scenery! Enjoy the moss and fungus growing on trees, the creek, and expect to get a little bit wet when you cross it. This trail always has great reviews.
WHITE MOUNTAIN AREA
LOS BURROS TRAIL
This trail is rated #1 in the White Mountains on the All Trails website. It is a 13-mile loop that is rated moderate. It’s a gorgeous hike with pine forest, patches of Aspens, lots of grass, and open meadows with lots of wildlife viewing opportunities. There is a Shortcut Loop that will turn this hike into an 8-mile trail.
THOMPSON TRAIL #629
The White Mountains offer gorgeous views that are unique for Arizona. This 4.7-mile trail near Eagar is rated easy. Enjoy beautiful meadows, pine forests, and a meandering river with small waterfalls.
For more information on great hiking trails across Arizona, including directions to all of the ones listed in this post, visit All Trails at https://www.alltrails.com/ and enter “Arizona” in the search bar. You can also join the Facebook page Arizona Hiking at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1428020817423751/ for inspiration.