Trail running - trail leading to mountains

Trail Running

Trail running gives your muscles, tendons and ligaments a different workout than running on a treadmill. Being out in nature, letting stress roll off your shoulders, and conquering the winding trails and varied terrain can be quite exhilarating. It gives your mind a break from daily tasks and routines. At Phelps LaClair we highly value nature and exercise along with great estate planning. We know the benefits of giving yourself new scenery, breathing fresh air, and working your muscles in a new way.


Phoenix area trails are not hard to find or access. Depending on where you live in the valley, there are many options within a close driving distance. You can either go to the closer trails within the city limits, or drive a bit further for more isolated canyon trails. We’ve compiled a list to share with you of some of our favorite trails for running, exploring and adventuring!

  • Echo Canyon Trail
  • Camelback Mountain Trail
  • Piestewa Peak Trail
  • Mormon Loop Trail
  • Dreamy Draw Loop
  • Telegraph Pass Trail
  • Holbert Trail
  • Quartz Ridge Trail
  • Freedom Trail
  • Double Butte Loop Trail
  • Gateway Loop
  • Sonoran Trail Fountain Hills
  • McDowell Mountain Rim to Rim
  • Tom’s Thumb
  • Hawes Trail Loop
  • Battleship Mountain
  • Tortilla Pass Trail


There are many options of trails depending on what you are in the mood for. There are mountain trails that include higher elevation, or flat trails for easier trail running. Whatever your need, it is a great way to relieve stress and take care of you. Phelps LaClair highly values self-care and allowing yourself to embrace what brings you joy!

Images used under creative commons license – commercial use (11/1/2017) Coconino National Forest (Flickr)

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