Heart-healthy Hikes

Where Phoenix - - PHOENIX+SCOTTSDALE -

Those look­ing for mo­ti­va­tion to honor their New Year’s res­o­lu­tion to get in shape are mo­ti­vated by the area’s nu­mer­ous hik­ing spots. Five fa­vorite des­ti­na­tions in­clude

which of­fers two trails to choose from (Cholla Trail and Echo Canyon Trail), both of which are chal­leng­ing. Hik­ers also pick from var­i­ous trails on with the very stren­u­ous Sum­mit Trail be­ing the most pop­u­lar. At the route is more mod­er­ate, which makes it a fa­vorite with be­gin­ner hik­ers and fam­i­lies. in Scotts­dale’s McDow­ell Sono­ran Pre­serve treats hik­ers to the iconic Tom’s Thumb rock for­ma­tion, along with small al­coves and caves to ex­plore. And climb Hol­bert Trail to reach Dob­bins Look­out, the moun­tain’s high­est ac­ces­si­ble view­point. It’s a chal­leng­ing hike that re­wards climbers with one of the best views of down­town Phoenix.

Pi­estewa Peak

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