walking trails in Phoenix

Walking Trails in Phoenix

Everybody needs to have regular exercise to stay healthy. Yes, we are an estate planning law firm, but Phelps LaClair is also big on exercise as a way of increasing life satisfaction, good health and longevity. But not every form of exercise needs to be intense. In the Phoenix metro area, there are many opportunities for outdoor excursions by foot. Here are some of the best walking trails in Phoenix:


1. Murphy’s Bridle Path.

No, we’re not talking about weddings! And there are actually no horses, either. But Murphy’s Bridle Path is arguably the best in Phoenix for walking and jogging, especially if you appreciate upscale neighborhoods and tree-lined arcades. The ash and olive trees provide shade for summer strolls or leisurely bike rides, so it is enjoyable year-round.

2. Arizona Falls.

This is a hidden gem that sits on the canal between Old Town and Arcadia. Enjoyable day or night, the soothing sound of the falls is the perfect antidote for city stress. After a walk along the canal, you can cool off between the falls and enjoy watching the fish and ducks.

3. Granada Park.

Granada Park has walking trails, open space, ponds and athletic facilities. No matter what level of activity you are seeking, you can find it here. It’s a great park for the entire family, with lots of birds, fish in the ponds, and bathrooms.

4. South Mountain Park.

If you want to hike to a place where you can look down on the beauty of Phoenix, this is the park for you. There are a multitude of trails to walk and hike. Some are easy; some will be challenging, even for those in good shape. Bring water! You can drive up to Dobbins Lookout to enjoy the Phoenix Valley spread out below you.

5. Lookout Mountain Preserve.

Another great place to see Phoenix from above. There are many trails of all fitness levels to wander. Just be sure to bring plenty of water, and don’t forget to bring your camera.

6. Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch.

You can easily walk for hours on the trails at Riparian Preserve in Gilbert. There is interesting vegetation and wildlife to see and photograph. If you have a license, you can fish here in the lake. After dark, the night sky shines with the twinkling of millions of stars. Hiking, biking, fishing and astronomy are the specialty here, so if these are your thing, you will have hours of enjoyment.

7. Scottsdale Green Belt.

Do you fancy walking for miles on a paved sidewalk that winds around lakes, a golf course, desert landscapes and lush greenery? Then Scottsdale Green Belt should be your next destination. There are 22 miles of trails with beautiful parks scattered along the way. It makes for a great bike workout, too, as the trails are virtually flat.

8. Telegraph Pass Trail.

For a moderate hike, this trail has so much to offer. It is a not-too-difficult 2.5 mile round trip hike with a 500 foot elevation change. It also connects with the National Trail and the Kiwanis Trail if you want a longer hike. To do the round trip up to Telegraph Pass will require a few quarts of water and a few hours. It’s an 8 mile round trip hike.


Something for everyone

Phelps LaClair has offices in Chandler, Mesa, Phoenix and Scottsdale. Each of our offices is near one or more of these great walking trails in Phoenix, so remember us when you are out and about. We are as concerned for your financial health as we are for your physical health. Feel free to stop in and say hello. If you want to find out more about our estate planning services, we offer a free first consultation with no obligation. We will be happy to discuss wills and trusts, special needs and long-term care planning with you. Just as you need to have regular exercise for great health, you need to also exercise your desire to pass on your wealth to your heirs in the most life-affirming manner. We can help you do that—it’s what we do best!



Images used under creative commons license (Commerical Use) o2/29/20  Photo by Cherie Lee from Burst

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