Chasing Blue Skies. Where Our Moms Hike.

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Top three hiking spots in the Valley? You may already know if you’re a hiking family. We have the list, chosen by our Active Moms for memorable hikes, whatever the season (K except summer – unless it’s very, very early or one of Maricopa County Regional Park Ranger-led moonlight hikes)


Best Spots to Hike

  1. South Mountain
  2. Papago Park
  3. Camelback Mountain


Coming in a close fourth were the Superstition Mountains with White Tank Mountain, San Tan Mountain and Lake Pleasant all tied for fifth.



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  • Reply Jodee

    We are pretty new to hiking and have enjoyed Papago Park. When we are looking for a walk/hike really near, we go to Veteran’s Oasis Park in Chandler. It’s a manmade environmental park with a some wildlife (we like to find burrowing owls & herons) and trails from one-half mile to 3-miles.

    February 16, 2017 at 3:12 am
    • Reply Katrina Sherk

      That sounds awesome! Have you done the Riparian Preserve in Gilbert? Same type of set up. Lots of trails – amazing bird watching – snowy white egrets and great blue herons and many, many others. Best of all, adorable bunnies, babies and grown-up, hop across the trail and scurry under bushes. We have never had a trip without seeing them 🙂 There are man made rivers too that are wonderful for fish washing or just sitting on a rock and enjoying. Let me know if you go!

      February 16, 2017 at 5:15 am
      • Reply Leila

        We LOVE Riparian Preserve! We go frequently now to walk (and Poke hunt) with the family. We can easily get in a mile in a half, two miles with the kids!

        February 16, 2017 at 9:23 pm
        • Reply Katrina Sherk

          We do too! It is one of our all time favorites! We love the Southeast Regional Library as well! Have you been back in the preserve – to the south of the main lake with the sidewalk – when the river is flowing? We love to sit on the bank and watch for fish and birds.


          So peaceful – you would swear you were way out in nature! Here is link to Riparian Preserve website.

          February 16, 2017 at 10:08 pm
          • Leila

            No! I don’t think we have – or at least I’m not familiar with the river! We have venture pretty far back, but I did happen to find another path the other night while we were there. It goes WAY back. There’s like a school way back there and then a path that goes even further back. I told hubby we need to try that path next time! I love going back there and just being with nature!

            February 16, 2017 at 10:15 pm

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