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Fountain Hills Hiking

Arizona is a great place to Hike! Because of its varied climate zones, there are a number of hikes available throughout the year in different areas of the state. Hikes located in and near Fountain Hills can be enjoyed in the fall, winter and spring months. has both summarized and mapped the best hikes in the Fountain Hills area for your convenience. Difficulty is on a 1-5 scale where 1=easy and 5=very difficult.

Hikes close to Fountain Hills

Butcher Jones Trail

A beautiful but often busy trail that mostly follows the northern shoreline of Saguaro Lake. The trail starts at Butcher Jones Beach and intermittently climbs a few hundred feet above the lake for commanding views and drops back down to the shoreline at various locations for fishing, picnicking, or just plain enjoying the lake. Tonto Pass required for parking.

Season(s) : All Seasons (Summer=Hot!)     Difficulty : Easy     Miles from FH : 19
Dixie Mine Trail

Located at the far northwest corner of Fountain Hills, this is an easy 2.5 mile hike to an abandoned mine in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains. This hike features Classic Sonoran Desert landscape. When you reach the Dixie Mine you get fantastic views of the McDowell range up-close, as well as views of the massive valley between the McDowells and Mazatzals.

Season(s) : Fall, Winter, Spring     Difficulty : Easy     Miles from FH : 4
Lake Overlook Trail

This very short hike takes you from Fountain Lake Park to a ridge east of the lake that provides an incredible panoramic view of the Lake, the Fountain and also Fountain Hills. The other direction provides views of Four Peaks, the Superstitions, Goldfield Mountains as well as Ft. McDowell Reservation. The hike is a loop that connects the NE and NW corns of the Fountain Park.

Season(s) : Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer     Difficulty : Easy     Miles from FH : 0
Sunrise Trail

A relatively short but steep hike that rewards diligent hikers with incredible views of the whole valley as well as Fountain Hills. Starts at a parking area before a gated community and climbs in a canyon behind a row of houses. Soon it leaves the houses behind and becomes a relentless climb in a tranquil boulder filled canyon. A couple viewpoints are available half way up.

Season(s) : Fall, Winter, Spring     Difficulty : Hard     Miles from FH : 7

Recommended Hikes within a 2 hour drive of Fountain Hills

Horton Creek

Located below the Mogollon Rim about 20 miles east of Payson, this is a heavenly hike in the warmer months. The gently climbing trail parallels Horton Creek (flows all year) up to the Horton Springs. About a quarter of the time the trail is right next to the creek and there are many places to sit on large boulders and enjoy this world so-close yet so different from the desert.

Season(s) : Spring, Summer, Fall     Difficulty : Medium     Miles from FH : 83

All Fountain Hills and Surrounding Area Hikes Mapped

Please click on the markers to see details and links for each Hike. You will have to zoom out using the +/- slider control on the map in order to see all of the hikes available.

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