Hiking is one of the main reasons why people visit Sedona, and here are the top hiking destinations in Sedona. Here are the hiking trails that offers the best experiences for hiking enthusiasts, hiking pros, picnickers, photographers and locals.
10 FAVORITE SEDONA HIKES
This month, Sedona Monthly celebrates 10 years of publishing Arizona’s magazine with the great view. Hooray for us! Hiking is one of the reasons we moved to Sedona, and since our first issue in March 2003, we have written about our favorite trails, beginning with Palatki Heritage Site. We’ve covered a lot of ground in 10 years, so we recently spent time poring over our back issues to choose our 10 favorite hikes… Read more at Sedona Monthly
Arizona is well-known for its amazing natural beauty and locals are taking advantage of this by getting outside more and exploring the beautiful sites and landscapes. While there are a lot of trails to try, here are 9 of the best, more challenging hikes that hikers should try.
These 9 Challenging Hikes In Arizona Are Totally Worth The Extra Effort
Sure, the Cathedral Rock Trail in Sedona is only 1.1 miles long, but it’s a steep climb to the top! This hike gives you everything you could ever want from a good hike, including some of the most incredible up-close views of the otherworldly geological formations in Arizona. If you are looking to add distance to your hike, you can approach this short trail via the… Read more at OnlyInYourState.com
Nine Easy Hikes Sedona AZ
The stony trees, felled millions of years ago, are scattered across Petrified Forest National Park, a geological reminder of eons past when the high desert was a lush and green landscape. The rough bark fools the touch. Rather than the warm, yielding feel of wood, fingertips sense a sharp-edged, impenetrable surface.
Petrified Forest welcomes backcountry hikers
Many visitors don’t realize that the park’s backcountry is open for exploring. I sure didn’t. The park has always been more of a windshield experience. A beautiful 28-mile drive cuts from the Painted Desert north of Interstate 40 to the Petrified Forest south of it. There are pullouts, overlooks and a few short, paved trails, which visitors are admonished to stay on. Although the scenery is spectacular… Read more at AZCentral.com
The Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona is famous for its beautiful and stunning, rainbow-hued remnants of a Triassic forest that is preserved within its boundaries. Also, it has been regularly portrayed as a sad example of fossil theft. In the past, park rangers lamented that a ton of 225-million-year-old wood gets stolen from the park every month, and visitors were viewed with suspicion when they ventured into the national park.
Protecting Arizona’s Petrified Forest Can Be as Easy as Taking a Hike
The vision is “a trip that’s enjoyable, that’s safe, and that protects our resources as well,” Traver says. So far the program has been drawing a greater number of visitors into the desert each year. And other park programs have even benefitted science. During a supervised public dig earlier this year, amateur paleontologist Stephanie Leco found the jaw of a long-snouted fish, the first known occurrence of… Read more at SmithsonianMag.com
On The Trail: Petrified Forest National Park
At Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, there can be found an abundance of fossilized wood dating back hundreds of millions of years, lining the trails and topping the hillsides. Although it’s illegal, many visitors steal this beautiful wood from the park. But surprisingly, a lot of it has been returned, with apologetic notes… Watch here
Hiking just one of New Zealand’s Great Walks will give you an amazing feeling of peace and self-confidence. But tramping all 9 of the Great Walks, well, you will have that ultimate once in a lifetime experience of New Zealand’s backcountry!
THE 9 GREAT WALKS OF NEW ZEALAND
It’s difficult to imagine how so many different landscapes can be in one country. In the North Island there are volcanoes, native rainforest bush and mighty long rivers with steep valley sides. Then the South Island takes us into beech forest territory, paradise beaches, secluded tussock lands, and onto majestic mountains… Read more at BackpackerGuide.nz
In total, New Zealand has nine Great Walks, with three on the North Island, five on the South Island, and one on Stewart Island. These Great Walks has some of New Zealand’s most awesome and iconic scenery. These walks are highly-maintained and managed by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation, with lots of signage, rangers on duty and DOC campsites.
New Zealand’s Great Walks
Averaging 3–4 days in duration, the Great Walks can be completed solo or with a guide. Guides are expensive but provide local knowledge, cushier private huts, tastier meals (and drinks), transportation, and will help lighten your load. Make sure to plan ahead: the DOC limits the number of hikers on the Great Walks with a strict permit system. Some of the most popular hikes, such as the… Read more at Switch Back Travel
New Zealand’s Great Walks in Virtual Reality (VR)
View five of New Zealand’s Great Walks through a Google Cardboard or equivalent mobile virtual reality headset. See the stunning scenery in a 360 degree view to truly appreciate what these tracks offer. Set to the highest quality for the best experience… Watch here
In the middle of Tucson and Phoenix, the mysterious Picacho Peak lies jutting out in the middle of the desert. Picacho Peak are one of those mountains that you should hike at least once in your lifetime! This is a very unique and different trail with handrails and cables built by boy scouts from a long time ago.
Hunter Trail – Picacho Peak, AZ
The first section takes you up steep switchbacks to the saddle. When in season a beautiful wildflower is witnessed at the beginning of the trail. February through early April offers the best rewards. Keep an eye on triplogs and… Read more at HikeArizona.com
Picacho Peak is not for the weak of heart. Even though it’s just a 4-mile hike, this hike will definitely wear you out to the bone. A lot of experienced hikers tried hiking Picacho Peak and some of the called it the “Hell Hike”.
Picacho Peak Hike, a.k.a. Hell Hike
My hiking partner and I took the Hunter Trail to the Sunset Vista Trail that took us to the top. Mile One is a relatively steep climb (similar to Piestawa’s Summit trail) and we certainly got our cardio going as we scooted up to the saddle. Note the sign describes the trail as “primitive.” We really should have taken that more seriously… Read more at Phoenix New Times
Picacho Peak State Park, AZ * 12/07/16
Come along with me as I get out of the truck in Picacho, AZ and hike up Picacho Peak. It’s quite a ride from the truck stop across the street over rolling hills up to the trail head, but the view is worth all the hard work… Watch here
Have time for some hiking in Arizona? If you’re not yet sure where to hike, try driving up to Peralta trailhead. It is close to Mesa, Arizona.
Peralta Trail #102 to Fremont Saddle, Phoenix
It was a beautiful day climbing up and along a creek. Here’s the vista on one side… See more at BestHike.com
Hiking up to Peralta Canyon Trail in the Superstition Wilderness can be the longest 2-mile trail that you will ever trek. The hike is a non-stop uphill slog through the slickrock chutes and desert scrub that begins right after leaving the trailhead and doesn’t stop until the trail summits at the 2-mile point on Fremont Saddle.
Arizona hike: Peralta Trail, Superstition Wilderness
Here, up-close views of Weavers Needle — the area’s most recognizable pillar of rock — deliver a generous return on investment for the sweaty haul. The saddle is a popular place to take a break and decide whether to continue hiking downhill another 2.6 miles to the end of the… Read more at AzCentral.com