Take a Hike!

Now that the temperatures in Phoenix have stopped trying to scorch us, it is time to get out and hike and with our Dogs.  Did you know that Sunday November 17, 2013 is National Take a Hike Day? To celebrate, here are some trails to take Fido on.


Phoenix Area:

  • Camelback Mountain Phoenix 85073: Leashed dogs are welcome. Camelback Mountain offers four different trails with varying degrees of difficulty from easy to strenuous, you and Fido can choose the best hike for you.

  • Shaw Butte Phoenix  85020: Hikers are welcome to take their leashed dogs on hikes up Shaw Butte. Shaw Butte is a member of the Phoenix Mountain Preserves, and lies directly north of North Mountain. Hikers can choose from a variety of trails varying in difficulties.

  • Treasure Loop Trail (Lost Dutchman State Park) Apache Junction 85119:  Leashed Dogs are welcome. Treasure Loop Trail is 2.4 mile round trip loop.  800 ft elevation gain.

  • Agua Fria National Monument Trail Black Canyon City 85324:  A leash is not required for dogs but it is recommended due to the wildlife in the area.  The length of the trail is 3.5 total miles. Elevation gain is 100 ft.

  • Ranger Trail at South Mountain Park  Phoenix 85042: Leashed dogs are welcome. Ranger Trail is 1.5 mile scenic hike to the South Mountain National Trail.Total of 3 miles. Elevation gain: 714 ft. Rumored to be a fairly easy hike.

Make sure to research the hiking paths before going out with Fido. If your dog is not an experienced hiker, he/she won’t do good on a more advanced trail.  Make sure to bring plenty of water for your dog and yourself.  If you plan on making this an all day event it is a good ideal to bring some food for your dog and again yourself. Have fun and Take a Hike!

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