Arizona is one of the best states to go hiking and enjoy nature. If you are new to Arizona or hiking Arizona’s trails, it’s a good idea to go with someone knowledgeable and experienced. A great way to experience the many trails around Arizona and the valley safely while making new friends is to join a hiking group.
There are many hiking groups in the Phoenix area and several are listed on Meetup.com. I found two hiking groups that are great for exploring various trails in the Valley as well as around Arizona. Phoenix (2-hour) Beginner Hikers is a Meetup.com group that hosts various hikes around the area, including North Mountain, Piestewa Peak and Thunderbird Park, on a weekly basis. This group is great for people who want a shorter one to two hour hike in the urban desert.
Another group that I highly recommend for experiencing the trails Arizona has to offer is Hiking Hikers Hiking. This group hosts hikes around Phoenix and the Valley as well as other locations around Arizona such as Sedona, Prescott and the Superstition Mountains. This Group even tackles Humphrey’s Peak once in a while.
If you are interested in these groups just go to www. Meetup.com and type the name of the group or just enter “hiking”. Have fun and make sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen!