Valley views: Eight hiking trails to visit during Super Bowl week in Arizona – ABC15 Arizona in Phoenix

PHOENIX — Looking for a way to see all the beauty the Arizona desert has to offer? Check out this list of different trails around the Valley and what each one brings.

  • Before you go, be sure to bring plenty of water. The city of Phoenix recommends heading back to the trailhead before you drink half of your water.

Hole-in-the-Rock Trail – Papago Park


  • WHY GO? It has great views for pictures and is a short, easy trail. It’s located northeast of Phoenix Sky Harbor, close to Loop 202 Red Mountain.
  • WHAT: “The Hole-in-the-Rock Trail is a very short natural dirt and step path that wraps around Hole-in-the-Rock Butte to a large viewing hole in the butte. This short trail wraps around Hole-in-the-Rock Butte to a large wind-eroded hole. This very popular trail guides users to a large hole in the butte where visitors can look over the Phoenix metropolitan area,” according to the city of Phoenix website.
  • The trail is rated “easy” at just 0.2 miles with an elevation change of 200 feet.
  • Parking/entrance hours:
    • East of Galvin Pkwy: 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • West of Galvin Pkwy: Sunrise to Sunset
    • Trail hours: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Entry is free.
  • View the park map.

Waterfall Trail – White Tank Mountain Regional Park

  • WHY GO? It’s a family-friendly trail with the first half being accessible for wheelchairs or strollers. It’s an opportunity to view petroglyphs, and if you’re able to go after it rains, you may be able to see water flowing down the waterfall. It’s located in the West Valley, just west of Loop 303.
  • WHAT: A self-guided hike outline is available, filled with information about the petroglyphs, plants and wildlife that you may see along the way. The guide also provides more information about the waterfall itself: “The waterfall you see is actually fed by two more waterfalls above. These are strictly off-limits, as the signs say. The pools in the above falls are twice the size of the one you are standing at so it takes a lot of rain over a long period of time to fill these pools in order for the water to flow over the edge. That’s why the waterfall rarely runs.”
  • The trail is rated “easiest” at 0.9 miles (1.8 miles round-trip).
  • Park hours:
    • May 1 to October 31 – 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
    • November 1 to April 30 – 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
  • Entry is $7 per vehicle, or $2 per pedestrian or anyone entering via bicycle or horseback.
  • View the park map.

Wind Cave Trail – Usery Mountain Regional Park


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California opens lottery to hike Mount Whitney – SFGATE

This spring, experienced hikers might score the chance to cross the tallest mountain in California (and the lower 48 states) off their bucket list. The Mount Whitney lottery opened on Feb. 1 for the 2023 season, and the competition will likely be fierce.

The window to hike Whitney is from May 1 to Nov. 1. Before entering the lottery, you’ll need to create an account on

The Mount Whitney Trail starts in the Inyo National Forest at Whitney Portal, 8,300 feet above sea level. The trail gains over 6,200 feet of elevation before reaching the summit in Sequoia National Park at the southern end of the John Muir Trail. In 2021, fielded 25,0…….


Now is the best time to hike Mount Tamalpais’ Cataract Falls – SFGATE

The burn in my legs is real.

No, really. I still feel it as I type this. My calves and quads, more specifically, but I think you get the unflattering picture. The Cataract Falls Trail in Mount Tamalpais State Park is a must for lovers of waterfalls (and who isn’t) and now is the time to be there.

As Bill Hader’s Stefon would say: “This place has everything.”

Marin County’s hottest club has surging waterfalls, green moss and lots of steep staircases. I once did this trail with my wife a couple years ago during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. To say that the trip was muddy, slippery and crowded would be an understatement.