By Justin Wright
Arizona is one the best states in the United States for hiking. There are numerous amounts of hikes in area of the state and they all offer their own spectacular views and experiences. The hard part of hiking in Arizona is deciding when and where to go. Out of all the hikes I have done, I thought it would make it easier for others if I share the reviews on the various Arizona hikes I have done over the past year. So here are my experiences:
Tonto Natural Bridge
Length: 1 Mile Roundtrip
The Tonto Natural Bridge hike is an awesome trail that takes you down to a natural bridge. Once inside the bridge, you can see the small creek that formed the bridge over time. It is amazing to see how much water can do with enough time.
The hike is listed at difficult but it really isn’t. The only difficult part is walking down the steep gravel trail. Make sure to wear some hiking or tennis shoes when doing this trail.
Doe Mountain Trail
Length: 0.7 One Way
The Doe Mountain Trail is a short, but amazing hike along the red rocks of Sedona. The trail takes you to the top of Doe Mountain, a mesa that overlooks Bear Mountain along with many others.
There is a lot of cool things to see once you are on the top of the mesa so plan some extra time and walking when doing this hike. It is also a good idea to bring some food for a picnic along since there are places you can sit on the rocks and enjoy the views.
Humphreys Peak Trail
Length: 9 Miles Roundtrip
Humphreys Peak is the tallest point in the state of Arizona. The elevation is over 12,000 feet, which makes this trail very difficult. Not only is the the trail 9 miles in length, but it is also very steep in spots. If you do not handle elevation well, I recommend that you do not attempt to make it to the top of this trail.
If you are up for it, getting to the top of Humphreys Peak is a great experience. It offers the best view in Arizona that stretches for miles. You can see the Grand Canyon from the top along with a lot of other things. It is the only tundra in Arizona which means there is no plants growing due to the elevation. Head over to this Humphreys Peak page to see some photos from the summit.
So there you have it, some of the best hikes Arizona has to offer. I promise you will have a great time doing these trails as long as you stay safe. Never go hiking if the weather looks like it may turn on you at any moment.
If you would like to view more about the hikes along with some pictures (and videos), please check out my adventure blog.
Justin Wright runs a blog about blogging and traveling the world. To follow him on his journey after escaping the cubicle, check out his blog at http://www.lifeofjustin.com
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