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Gems in Central AZ - 5

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gem Favorite Cliff jumpers take advantage of the scenery for excellent action shots (we saw one person jump from the top of the waterfall)

Fossil Creek Falls

(16) Pine, AZ
gem Favorite This view gives you an idea of the creek valley, one of the basins, and the general terrain along the Hieroglyphics Trail.

Hieroglyphs

(19) Apache…, AZ
gem Favorite Sunrise from Goldmine Mountain.

Goldmine Mountain Peak

(8) Queen C…, AZ
gem Favorite View of Montezuma Well

Montezuma Well

(10) Lake Mo…, AZ
gem Favorite Ancient Montezuma Castle built into the rocks.

Montezuma Castle

(7) Camp Verde, AZ

Recommended Routes in Central AZ - 68

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Favorite Looking down at Devil's Bridge
Intermediate

Devil's Bridge Trail

1.6 mi 2.5 km 342' Up 104.32 m Up 342' Down 104.24 m Down

West Se…, AZ
Favorite Sunset over Phoenix while descending Camelback
Difficult

Camelback Mountain via Cholla Trail

3.2 mi 5.2 km 1,193' Up 363.49 m Up 1,190' Down 362.66 m Down

Paradis…, AZ
Favorite View north from near summit of Tom's Thumb.
Difficult

Tom's Thumb

4.4 mi 7.1 km 1,084' Up 330.45 m Up 1,084' Down 330.28 m Down

Rio Verde, AZ
Favorite Bear Mountain Trail is certainly a trail with a view!
Difficult

Bear Mountain Trail

4.6 mi 7.4 km 1,932' Up 588.9 m Up 1,932' Down 588.9 m Down

West Se…, AZ
Favorite Tree hanging on the edge of the rock!
Intermediate

West Fork Oak Creek Trail

5.4 mi 8.7 km 510' Up 155.34 m Up 510' Down 155.51 m Down

Sedona, AZ
Favorite Brins Mesa
Intermediate

Brins Mesa - Soldier Pass Loop

8.0 mi 12.9 km 970' Up 295.76 m Up 970' Down 295.57 m Down

West Se…, AZ
Favorite The saddle above Flatiron Trail, lit by the city, about 2:30AM. For me, the moment the camera earned its pack weight.
Difficult

Superstition Ridgeline

11.2 mi 18.1 km 3,431' Up 1045.89 m Up 3,286' Down 1001.49 m Down

Apache…, AZ
Favorite Along the Peralta Canyon Trail, you'll have a spectacular view of the mountains behind you as you're on your way to Weaver's Needle.
Intermediate/Difficult

Peralta Out and Back

4.5 mi 7.2 km 1,338' Up 407.81 m Up 1,337' Down 407.66 m Down

Gold Camp, AZ
Favorite Bell Rock.
Intermediate

Courthouse Butte Loop

3.9 mi 6.3 km 302' Up 92.2 m Up 303' Down 92.4 m Down

Village…, AZ

Central AZ Hiking

  • 5,731 Miles 9,224 Kilometers of Trail
  • 94 Recommended Routes
  • 5 Gems Gems
  • 436 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 691 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 243 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Central AZ - 1,276

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0.5 mi 0.9 km #1Cathedral Rock Trail
Difficult
West Sedona, AZ
Difficult
West Sedona, AZ 66 
2.4 mi 3.9 km #2Siphon Draw Trail #53
Difficult
Apache Junction, AZ
Difficult
Apache Junction, AZ 42 
1.1 mi 1.8 km #3Echo Canyon Summit Trail
Difficult
Paradise Valley, AZ
Difficult
Paradise Valley, AZ 53 
1.1 mi 1.8 km #4Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300
Difficult
Paradise Valley, AZ
Difficult
Paradise Valley, AZ 47 
3.2 mi 5.1 km #5Hangover Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Sedona, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Sedona, AZ 17 
1.3 mi 2.0 km #6Doe Mountain Rim Trail
Intermediate
West Sedona, AZ
Intermediate
West Sedona, AZ 17 
2.9 mi 4.6 km #7Boynton Canyon Trail #47
Intermediate
West Sedona, AZ
Intermediate
West Sedona, AZ 21 
2.7 mi 4.3 km #8Cibecue Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Cibecue, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Cibecue, AZ 10 
2.4 mi 3.8 km #9Dynamite Trail
Intermediate
Queen Creek, AZ
Intermediate
Queen Creek, AZ
8.0 mi 12.9 km #10Superstition Ridgeline Trail
Very Difficult
Apache Junction, AZ
Very Difficult
Apache Junction, AZ

Photos of Central AZ - 1,177

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Dawn from the top of Flatiron Trail
Jan 25, 2020 near Apache…, AZ
The saddle above Flatiron Trail, lit by the city, about 2:30AM. For me, the moment the camera earned its pack weight.
Jan 25, 2020 near Apache…, AZ
Shot from the adjacent Made In The Shade Trail off of Slim Shady Trail, which is just slightly higher and gives a better view of Bell Rock & Courthouse Butte
Nov 24, 2019 near Village…, AZ
Rest Stop
Sep 29, 2021 near Clarkdale, AZ
Looking down into Sycamore Canyon much of the forest in this region was spared fire damage.
Sep 29, 2021 near Clarkdale, AZ
This section of Yew Thicket Trail is obscured by fire damage.  With GPS it's easy to navigate back to it and avoid any major mishaps.  Staying generally left (eastward) of the cliff band gets you where you want to go.
Sep 29, 2021 near Clarkdale, AZ
Looking toward Perkinsville and Woodchute Wilderness you can see the path of the fire from right to left.
Sep 29, 2021 near Clarkdale, AZ
This section is "black diamond" or worse.  I navigated it fairly easily but some treefall and washed out trail on scree slope was somewhat sketchy.
Sep 29, 2021 near Clarkdale, AZ