The Valley of the Sun has some of the best weather for Fall outdoor activities. Now is the time to get outside and try those hikes you have been waiting for, explore new fishing spots, or complete that outside house project.
The good news is, you don’t even have to leave the city to enjoy some of this outdoor recreation.
Camelback Mountain– Sits at 2700 ft and is a perfect urban hiking spot. On average it attracts over 300,000 hikers a year from all over the world. Some of the hikes on the mountain are not for the faint of heart, especially in the warm season. There are 4 trails available for hikers. For those who are looking for a short and fairly easy hike, I would suggest Bobby’s Rock Trail or the Ramada Loop. If you are more enthusiastic and looking for a challenge, I suggest Cholla Trail or Echo Canyon. Echo Canyon has recent upgrades to the parking area and the trail and is now back open.
No matter which trail you choose you can enjoy views of the city below. As a reminder though, be prepared for whatever hike you choose. Make sure you have a hat, good shoes, lots of water, a snack, and that you have enough time to complete the trail before it gets dark!
Fishing can offer a lot of relaxation and fun. Going to the mountains and backpacking in to a secluded lake might be your preference, but there are ways to enjoy fishing right here in Scottsdale. The Arizona Game and Fish Department sponsors a nationally recognized Urban Fishing Program. You can fish year round at lakes in Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, and Surprise. Each lake is stocked between 20 and 24 times per year with trout, catfish and sunfish. You must purchase an Urban Fishing License (ages 14+) in order to fish in one of these sponsored lakes, but it is at a portion of the price of a full fishing license.