Peaks and Mountains in Phoenix, Phoenix
Favorite thing: The view from Squaw (now Piestewa) Peak summit is breathtaking. You can see virtually all of Phoenix while lounging on the rocks and enjoying a cool breeze. Not a bad way to spend a sunny afternoon, especially in the fall or spring when temperatures are hiking-perfect.
When in Phoenix, it is impossible not to notice Camelback Mountain. Just look for the tell-tale hump shaped formation, which is also from whence the mountain begat its name.
Hiking Camelback is said to be challenging and fun. I didn't have the chance so I can't comment, but it is one of the most highly recommended Phoenix area hikes and, if even if you're not so inclined, one of the sights to see.
As you drive east towards Gold Canyon (just past Apache Junction) on Freeway 60, there are 2 small hills on the north side. There is an old road going up between them. This is the path to the top of Silly Mountain. There is a place to park at the trail head. This place is so easy to find since it is on the side of the freeway. It make a good little morning climb to get the blood flowing.
Fondest memory: This was a place were the kids did not have to go far to see some of the taller catcus close up.
I love to go hiking in some of the mountains that are all over the place. But you have to bring water or you will get heat exhaustion.
Fondest memory: When I stood in the blistering heat with a winter coat that I had just purchased. Great fun
With one day to spend in Phoenix, we did the usual: we went hiking at the nearest peak to see the view! There was only one problem, though. I forgot my sneakers! So we stopped at the local mall - but wouldn't you know it? No sneakers to be had! This mall was strictly for Talbot's-types. We asked around and finally found a sneaker super-store down the street. Forget the name of it, but it was awesome! A guy shined my shoes while I was waiting in line to pay for my New Balances.
We drove to the north & east of town where there's a park with some really great hiking trails for people who are in a hurry or just want to do their daily exercise. If I lived in Phoenix I'd be in really great shape because I'd hike here every day. It's literally right in town!
Favorite thing: Well, being in the desert calls for nature appreciation. I did my share when I first moved out here. It's very breathtakiing... the rock formations are incredible & the wildlife is very extreme. So hiking is a must if you visit here....try the Chamber of Commerce for info on this.. There's just too much of nature things to do for me to list here.
Drive around town. Uptown, downtown, Tempe, Mesa, Glendale, Avondale, Awatukee, South Mountain, Camelback Mountain....the list and diversity go on and on. Phoenix is a great city to tour.
Fondest memory: Meeting my wife...a real Arizona beauty!!!
Favorite thing: The downtown city center is right in the middle of the valley and surrounded by hills/mountains on all sides. Views of the city are great on a clear day.
Favorite thing: Take a trip to the mountains south of town and look at the city. It's a beautiful view. Although the weather can be very hot (very low humidity) you can find a pool almost anywhere.
It all looks this beautiful. It is truly spectacular. Nothing like it anywhere else.