Phoenix residents have been patiently waiting for the cooler temperatures to arrive. It’s time to get outside and go hiking!
That’s one of the benefits of living in Phoenix – we’ve got such a selection of hiking trails from easy to difficult all over the Valley.
Hike Lookout Mountain
Lookout Mountain is located just south of Greenway Rd. between 7th Street and Cave Creek Road. The circumference, Trail 308, is about 3 miles and it provides you with panoramic views of the Valley in all directions.
It’s designated by Phoenix Parks as a “moderate” hike. That means there are loose rocks and some uphill and downhill climbs.
Access the trail from Greenway Road, turn south on 16th Street till the end or from the south, 18th Street and park at Lookout Mountain Park. There is also a “connector” trail, #25 from Trail #100.
If you’re more adventurous, you can hike #150 to Lookout Mountain’s summit. That’s a short, but difficult hike. (It was one of the first hikes I did when I first moved to Phoenix. It’s a great feeling of accomplishment to reach the top of the mountain and you can say, “I climbed a mountain!”
The Benefits of Taking a Hike
With any weight loss program, you MUST exercise! Living in Phoenix, there’s no excuse!
Hiking helps strengthen the ankles because you’re walking on uneven ground.
It’s a great cardio workout, especially if you keep up a good pace.
As you start losing weight and become stronger, you’ll work on toning and endurance.
Hiking helps with all of the above!
Always, take plenty of water, and go at your own pace. If you’re hiking with someone who’s faster, don’t try to keep up. It’s OK to stop and rest.
Lookout Mountain has shorter loops that you can do if you don’t want to do the whole 3-mile circumference.
Here are some pictures from my last hike. The Phoenix Brown Cloud was exceptionally hazy. But if you get a clear day, the view it tremendous.