Tempe is in the heart of the metropolitan Phoenix area, which means that it’s also in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. Exploring the desert on a hiking or biking trail, seeing cactus up close and enjoying the Arizona sunshine is a quick jaunt from any Tempe hotel. Here’s where you’ll find some of the most popular trails in and around Tempe.
With a quick jaunt to the top of “A” Mountain, also known as Hayden Butte, in Downtown Tempe, hikers are rewarded with views of the lake, ASU and rock drawings left hundreds of years ago by ancient people.
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Cholla Trail is located along the ridge of Camelback Mountain, the highest point in the Phoenix Mountain at 2,704 ft. Hikers experience a steady 1.6 mile climb with a fairly exposed section of ridge hiking towards the top.
Camelback Mountain’s Echo Canyon is one the more difficult, but rewarding, hikes in Phoenix. The trail ascends rapidly over a short distance. Hikers can experience a climb over rocky trails and boulders. The trail length is 1.23 miles one way.
Tempe boasts 175 miles of bikeways, including bike lanes, desert trails and canal paths. Ride around Tempe Town Lake, down Mill Avenue or in Papago Park. The League of American Bicyclists has designated Tempe as a Gold-Level Bicycle Friendly Community.
Located in the Phoenix Mountain Preserves, Piestewa Peak has numerous trails for hiking and trail running. At 2,610 ft., it’s the second highest point in the Phoenix Mountains, next to Camelback Mountain. Hundreds of residents and visitors hike Piestewa Peak per week because it offers great views and a great workout. Hikes to the peak usually take anywhere from 25-60 minutes, depending on the experience of the hiker.
At more than 16,000 acres, South Mountain Park and Preserve is one of the largest municipal parks in the country. The park includes 51 miles of scenic desert trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking leading to breathtaking views. Trails can be found at 48th Street and Guadalupe or from Central Avenue.
Looking for a fun way to see all of Tempe? Try our guided and self-guided e-bike tours to explore all around Tempe. Come and join us to experience an e-bike adventure. Open for “meet & ride” for private groups.
Bicycle Cellar is Downtown Tempe’s Urban Bike Shop & Commuter Support facility! We offer full-service repair, new bikes, accessories and rentals. We also offer secure bike parking, showers, lockers and towel service for commuters (membership required). Open daily!