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6 Easy Hikes Around Phoenix That Are Perfect If You Hate Hiking

Gorgeous views, mountain trails, and super cool rock formations!😍

Summer might be in full swing in Arizona, but that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy the great outdoors. These easy hikes around Phoenix are perfect year-round, and even manageable in the summer heat. 

The best way to enjoy these hikes is in the early morning before the temperatures soar, arriving at trails between 5:00 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. is recommended to get the most out of your climb.

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Even better, the sun is just starting to rise around then, so you get to enjoy all the gorgeous pinks and reds of the sunrise in the mountains. Uh, yes, please. 

Be sure to take plenty of water and appropriate shoes to be safe and have the best hiking experience possible! Don't forget to have a full phone or camera battery, because we promise there will be some serious photo opportunities.

Merkle Trail

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 1-mile roundtrip

Location: Usery Mountain Regional Park, Mesa, AZ

Why You Need To Go: Soak in gorgeous views of the Superstition Mountains plus tons of cacti along this easy trail.

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Pima East Loop

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 2.2-mile loop

Location: South Mountain, Phoenix, AZ

Why You Need To Go: This loop takes you through the mountains without getting too sweaty while doing it!

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Big Butte Loop Trail

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 2.2 Miles

Location: Tempe, AZ

Why You Need To Go: Take in views of some super cool rock formations on this easy hike.

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Pinnacle Peak  

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Length: 1.75 Miles Each Way

Location: 26802 N. 102nd Way., Scottsdale, AZ

Why You Need To Go: You'll get to see the whole Valley on your way down!

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Maxine Lakin Nature Trail

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 1.2 Miles Each Way

Location: 9901 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Why You Need To Go: This easy trail winds through the mountains and is pet-friendly!

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Apache Wash Loop

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Length: 5.6-mile loop

Location: 1600 E. Sonoran Desert Dr., Phoenix, AZ

Why You Need To Go: This hike has stunning views of the surrounding mountains, plus tons of cool cacti and flowers.

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Fill up those water bottles and set the alarm to get outside and enjoy these spectacular hikes!

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