Whether you’re looking for an easy New Year’s Day stroll, or a challenging trek to kick off your resolutions, these hikes are just a short drive from Phoenix:
• Judith Tunnell Accessible Trail (easy) – Paved paths, water fountains, shady benches and educational signage make these half-mile loops ideal for families.
• Pinnacle Peak Trail (medium) – Well-maintained trails and panoramic views make this 3.5 mile out-and-back trail perfect for soaking up desert scenery.
• Tom’s Thumb Trailhead (hard) – Steep switchbacks ascend 1,300 feet in just 2.5 miles as you weave through rugged boulder fields to reveal the preserve’s unique butte rock formation at its peak.
– Margaret Willard, The 100 Companies