Shadow Mountain Preserve Trails

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Trail Distance: 2.5 miles
Time Estimate: 40 min+
Elevation Gain: 160 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: No
Description

If your pooch is begging for a hike, pack up the leash and head over to the Shadow Mountain Preserve Trails. Rising up out of the suburbs, Shadow Mountain has a couple great hikes for you and your pupster to discover. Enjoy a small piece of the Sonoran Desert without even leaving the city.

At just over half a mile, Shadow Mountain Small Loop Trail is the shorter of the two hikes. Access to the trailhead is found off 28th Street. There is no designated trailhead or parking area, so try to find a spot to park on the street. Then get hiking! This natural surface trail cuts to the chase and goes right to the top of the mountain where you and your pup will be treated to panoramic views of the city. There are some rocky patches, but it's nothing your pup can’t handle. Snap a photo with your main canine squeeze before making your way back to the car.

Want a longer hike? Take the Shadow Mountain Big Loop Trail. It begins just off Acoma Drive and runs around the base of the mountain and clocks in at 1.6 miles, with several spur trails that veer off the main path. If your doggo is in the mood for exploring, let them create a new route. Be aware that the trail isn’t well marked and can be difficult to navigate. If in doubt, continue in the same direction and you will make it around the mountain.

As with any outdoor activity in Phoenix, it’s super impawtant to watch the temperature. Both of these trails are open early in the morning and late into the evening. During the summer months, avoid hiking with your pup during the day. It’s just too doggone hot. Regardless of when you hike, have plenty of water and clean up bags. Above all else, have a woofderful time hitting the trails with your pup!

Trail Features
Rocky, Desert, Urban
Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Cactus grows in the surrounding area. Keep your pooch on the trail so they don't get any prickers in their paws.
Address
2601 E Acoma Dr
Phoenix, AZ 85022
Hours
Mon 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tue 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wed 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thu 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Fri 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sat 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sun 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Address
2601 E Acoma Dr
Phoenix, AZ 85022
Hours
Mon 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tue 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wed 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thu 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Fri 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sat 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sun 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM