The Grand Canyon State is full of free things to do and enjoying nature is one of our favorites. All the state parks are currently open and the weather is perfect for enjoying them! This scenic trail is perfect for a solo venture around Lake Pleasant in Arizona. Plus, it's easy enough that you can do it alone (or with your dog).

The Pipeline Canyon Trail is a 3.8-mile out-and-back trail that winds through the lush canyon along Lake Pleasant. It's rated moderate and is dog-friendly, so you can bring your pupper with you for some company. 

The wildflowers in the area are currently in full bloom, so it's the perfect time to explore the area. It even takes you down by the lake.

Anyone up for a swim?

Water levels on the lake are high right now, so there is limited shoreline use.

If you take your dog, you can let them play in the water and splash around in the lake while you enjoy the views. The park entrance fee is $7 per vehicle. 

At one point in the hike, there's a creek you'll have to cross that can be deep when the water level is high, so plan accordingly.

Along the hike, you'll walk over a floating bridge to cross this same creek at a different point. It's a super cool feature!

Sometimes you'll spot wild burros on the trail too. How cute are they? 

Just a couple of desert donkeys hanging out, nothing to see here. 

Lake Pleasant Regional Park is super green right now. The recent rainfall and the perfect temperatures make it ideal for a solo outdoor trip. It's an absolute wonderland. 

A gorgeous blue lake, super lush greenery, wild burros, AND wildflowers. Could this hike be any more scenic? We don't think so. 

Pipeline Canyon Trail 

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: 3.8 miles

Address: Peoria, AZ

Why you need to go: This hike has a lake to cool off in, blooming wildflowers, and wild burros all in one, perfect for a solo trip! 


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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