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Arizona Fall Weather: Perfect Hiking!


 Awhh…the fall weather is finally here in the valley! Arizona temperatures are starting to die down. Soon, the heat will begin to settle between 80/90 degrees. On some days, Arizona can have the best fall and winter weather around…but the heat can feel like summertime never ended on others! Fortunately, this year’s weather has been bringing some astounding lighting storms!

These often sudden weather changes help Arizona move into the next season. Soon, the leaves from the trees will begin to change color and fall from their branches. The air will slowly  begin to cool, making its way through the valley. Unfortunately, this adjustment in weather brings allergies and flu season along with it. Many have already begun to experience this. Make sure to bring allergy medicine and tissues with you while enjoying the autumn breeze! 

Personally,  I think the best part about this time of year is being able to hike again. The mountain region begins to cool down and the animals begin to clear the trails. The clouds cover the sun just enough to be out and about! For many Arizonians, this is the time to start hitting the trails. Don’t be surprised if you see plenty of people out working up a sweat! Mornings and evenings are usually the busiest, simply because it’s the perfect temperature to hike.

Do you like hiking? If so, here are a few popular hiking trails around the valley that you can’t miss! They are all within driving distance of the Phoenix metro area. Trails can be found from the West valley to southside Phoenix, all the way to the east side near the Tempe/Scottsdale area. Below is a list of the best locations to hike. 

West Valley Trails:

  • White Tanks Mountain Regional Park
  • Thunderbird Conservation Park Trail 
  • Sun Valley Trailhead
  • Vietnam Veteran Memorial Trail
  • Peoria Westwing Mountain Preserve


North & South Phoenix Trails: 

  • North Mountain Park 
  • Piestewa Peak Park 
  • Hidden Valley Natural Tunnel 
  • Phoenix Natural Preserve 40th St Trailhead
  • South Mountain Park and Preserve
  • Shaw Butte 


East Valley Trails:

  • Pinnacle Peak Park
  • Gateway Trailhead – Mcdowell Sonoran Preserve 
  • Hayden Butte
  • Camelback Mountain 
  • Echo Canyon Trailhead 
  • Echo Canyon Recreation Area 


Want more hiking trails? Check the list below to find the best trails tp enjoy this fall weather

South mountain trails 

North Mountain Trails

Parks and Trails