8 Pet-Friendly Hiking Spots in the Greater Phoenix Area

By Sarah Bergner

October 21, 2021

What’s a hike without your furry best friend? Head to these regional spots for dog-friendly fun.

The temperatures are finally dropping in the Valley—which means it’s time to enjoy some of Arizona’s premier hiking spots.

First things first: Before you get in the car, make sure to pack plenty of food and water for both you and your dog. Grab some booties for their paws, check the temperature of your destination—it’s illegal to hike with your pup when the temperature is over 100 degrees —and pack a first aid kit!

Need help finding your next hiking destination? The Copper Courier has compiled a list of pet-friendly trails where you can get some exercise while enjoying the beautiful scenery. 

Holbert Trail

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Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 4.1 miles
Location: South Phoenix

A South Mountain classic, the Holbert Trail leads you up to Dobbins Lookout. The views along this hike are filled with small animals and petroglyphs, ending with the popular lookout at an elevation of 2,330 feet.

Treasure Loop

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 2.4 miles
Location: Apache Junction

This trail is one of the few pup-friendly ways to experience the famous Superstition Mountains! With wider trails and flatter inclines than nearby options, you’ll want to put this spot at the top of your must-visit list.

Gateway Loop

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 4.5 miles
Location: Scottsdale

A popular location for all ages and experience levels, this hike loops around McDowell Mountain. Gateway Loop is often heavily trafficked, so plan to get there early for a good parking spot before you hit the trail!

Penny Howe Barrier Free Trail

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Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 0.3 miles
Location: North Phoenix

Starting at North Mountain Park, head to the Penny Howe Barrier Free Trail for two user and pet-friendly loops.

Desert Classic

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Distance: <8.5 miles
Location: South Phoenix

For a secluded hike with lots of options, visit South Mountain’s Desert Classic Trail. You’ll easily spend a few hours on this hike with its beautiful views and over 10 connected trails.

Sunrise Mountain

Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 1.5 – 4.2 miles
Location: Peoria

You’ll find several spots to stop along this hike, each with scenic views and resting areas. If you opt for one of the longer versions of this trail, you will get to enjoy a full 360-degree panoramic view when you reach the top of the peak!

Dreamy Draw Nature Trail

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Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 1-3 miles
Location: Central Phoenix

The Dreamy Draw Nature Trail is a “choose your own adventure” style hike, with a web of short and flat options. If you find yourself wanting to add more distance, this area also connects to the Phoenix Mountains Preserve trails!

Lost Dog Wash Trail

Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 4.2 miles
Location: Scottsdale

In the East Valley, this popular hike to the Taliesin Overlook is a wide trail and gradual climb with views of McDowell Peak and Thompson Peak along the way.


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