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Gems in Central AZ - 6

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gem Favorite Cliff jumpers take advantage of the scenery for excellent action shots (we saw one person jump from the top of the waterfall)

Fossil Creek Falls

(16) Pine, AZ
gem Favorite This is just a sampling of the hieroglyphics you'll see along the trail.

Hieroglyphs

(20) Apache…, AZ
gem Favorite Clouds over the summit of Goldmine Mountain.

Goldmine Mountain Peak

(8) Queen C…, AZ
gem Favorite View of Montezuma Well

Montezuma Well

(10) Lake Mo…, AZ
gem Favorite Many Rock Cairns made by passing hikers.

Large amount of Rock Cairns made by passing hikers.

(1) Pinetop…, AZ
gem Favorite Ancient Montezuma Castle built into the rocks.

Montezuma Castle

(7) Camp Verde, AZ

Recommended Routes in Central AZ - 96

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Favorite View from the end of the trail. From here you may choose to walk onto the bridge or for those with a fear of heights can stay right here and enjoy the view as well.
Intermediate

Devil's Bridge Trail

1.6 mi 2.5 km 342' Up 104.32 m Up 342' Down 104.24 m Down

West Se…, AZ
Favorite Sunset over Phoenix while descending Camelback
Difficult

Camelback Mountain via Cholla Trail

3.2 mi 5.2 km 1,193' Up 363.49 m Up 1,190' Down 362.66 m Down

Paradis…, AZ
Favorite View from the trail.
Difficult

Tom's Thumb

4.4 mi 7.1 km 1,084' Up 330.45 m Up 1,084' Down 330.28 m Down

Rio Verde, AZ
Favorite Tree hanging on the edge of the rock!
Intermediate

West Fork Oak Creek Trail

5.4 mi 8.7 km 510' Up 155.34 m Up 510' Down 155.51 m Down

Sedona, AZ
Favorite Two rocky heads stand alongside the Bear Mountain Trail.
Difficult

Bear Mountain Trail

4.6 mi 7.4 km 1,932' Up 588.9 m Up 1,932' Down 588.9 m Down

West Se…, AZ
Favorite Brins Mesa
Intermediate

Brins Mesa - Soldier Pass Loop

8.0 mi 12.9 km 970' Up 295.76 m Up 970' Down 295.57 m Down

West Se…, AZ
Favorite Bell Rock.
Intermediate

Courthouse Butte Loop

3.9 mi 6.3 km 302' Up 92.2 m Up 303' Down 92.4 m Down

Village…, AZ
Favorite Along the Peralta Canyon Trail, you'll have a spectacular view of the mountains behind you as you're on your way to Weaver's Needle.
Intermediate/Difficult

Peralta Out and Back

4.5 mi 7.2 km 1,338' Up 407.81 m Up 1,337' Down 407.66 m Down

Gold Camp, AZ
Favorite Dawn from the top of Flatiron Trail
Difficult

Superstition Ridgeline

11.2 mi 18.1 km 3,431' Up 1045.89 m Up 3,286' Down 1001.49 m Down

Apache…, AZ

Central AZ Running

  • 5,783 Miles 9,306 Kilometers of Trail
  • 95 Recommended Routes
  • 6 Gems Gems
  • 456 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 698 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 239 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Central AZ - 1,298

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0.5 mi 0.9 km #1Cathedral Rock Trail
Difficult
West Sedona, AZ
Difficult
West Sedona, AZ 70 
1.1 mi 1.8 km #2Echo Canyon Summit Trail
Difficult
Paradise Valley, AZ
Difficult
Paradise Valley, AZ 58 
2.4 mi 3.9 km #3Siphon Draw Trail #53
Difficult
Apache Junction, AZ
Difficult
Apache Junction, AZ 44 
1.1 mi 1.8 km #4Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300
Difficult
Paradise Valley, AZ
Difficult
Paradise Valley, AZ 50 
3.2 mi 5.1 km #5Hangover Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Sedona, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Sedona, AZ 19 
2.9 mi 4.6 km #6Boynton Canyon Trail #47
Intermediate
West Sedona, AZ
Intermediate
West Sedona, AZ 25 
1.3 mi 2.0 km #7Doe Mountain Rim Trail
Intermediate
West Sedona, AZ
Intermediate
West Sedona, AZ 18 
2.7 mi 4.3 km #8Cibecue Creek Trail
Intermediate
Cibecue, AZ
Intermediate
Cibecue, AZ 11 
1.8 mi 3.0 km #9Soldier Pass Trail
Intermediate
Sedona, AZ
Intermediate
Sedona, AZ 19 
2.5 mi 4.1 km #10Goldmine Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Queen Creek, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Queen Creek, AZ 14 

Photos of Central AZ - 1,240

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Dawn from the top of Flatiron Trail
Jan 25, 2020 near Apache…, AZ
The saddle above Flatiron Trail, lit by the city, about 2:30AM. For me, the moment the camera earned its pack weight.
Jan 25, 2020 near Apache…, AZ
Shot from the adjacent Made In The Shade Trail off of Slim Shady Trail, which is just slightly higher and gives a better view of Bell Rock & Courthouse Butte
Nov 24, 2019 near Village…, AZ
Moonbow on way up Carney slope.
Jan 25, 2020 near Apache…, AZ
Moonbow halfway up the initial Carney Spring climb.
Jan 25, 2020 near Apache…, AZ
Along the Peralta Canyon Trail, you'll have a spectacular view of the mountains behind you as you're on your way to Weaver's Needle.
Apr 19, 2017 near Gold Camp, AZ
Sunset over Phoenix while descending Camelback
Mar 8, 2019 near Paradis…, AZ
Sunset on Camelback
Mar 8, 2019 near Paradis…, AZ