There's no denying that springtime in the Grand Canyon State is our favorite season of the year. Blooming wildflowers and cool, sunny weather are one of many things to expect if you're looking for the best hiking spots near Phoenix. You can also bring your pet along on some of these trails too! If not, grab your BFF instead. 

After a long, stressful week, there's nothing like a good ol' hike to relax us. Our list below includes some awesome spots you can visit with friends, family or by yourself. 

If you're a major history buff, our list has a couple of hidden trails where you can see petroglyphs. We promise they're worth a visit.

Whether you're a Phoenix local or just passing through, these mini-adventures are less than an hour from the Valley. 

Sunrise Trail

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: Approx. 3.6-miles roundtrip

Address: 12101 N. 145th Way, Scottsdale, AZ

Why You Need To Go: With amazing scenic views, this is a great place to hike after a week of work. 

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Roadrunner Trail

Difficulty: Easy

Length: Approx. 1.5-miles 

Address: Lake Pleasant Regional Park, AZ

Why You Need To Go: This easy trail overlooks the lake and will lead you to a picnic area. Grab your camera, BFF, and pack a lunch for a day at Lake Pleasant. 

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Hieroglyphic Trail 

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Length: Approx. 3-miles roundtrip

Address: Apache Junction, AZ

Why You Need To Go: Towards the end of the path, you'll be able to see Native American petroglyphs. Talk about a glimpse into the past! 

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Summit Trail

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

Length: Approx. 1.2-miles roundtrip

Address: 2701 E. Squaw Peak Dr., Phoenix, AZ

Why You Need To Go: You might sweat a little to get panoramic views of the city below. It's definitely worth it though. 

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Mormon Trail

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: Approx. 1.2-miles roundtrip

Address: 8610 S. 24th St., Phoenix, AZ

Why You Need To Go: You'll be able to walk through a natural tunnel. If you look closely, you can spot some petroglyphs too. 

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Apache Wash Loop

Difficulty: Easy

Length: Approx. 5.6-miles roundtrip

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

Why You Need To Go: Grab your pals and your favorite mountain bike for this trail. You'll get the most amazing desert and cactus views. 

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Echo Canyon Trail

Difficulty: Difficult

Length: Approx. 2.4-miles roundtrip

Address: 4925 E. McDonald Dr., Phoenix, AZ

Why You Need To Go: This summit hike in the city will give you 360-degree sights of the Valley. Why not stop by for a romantic sunset hike?

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