PHOENIX --Just because the weather is heating up doesn't mean there isn't some great hiking to be had around our state.
This month's Arizona Highways Magazine features some of the best hiking spots our state has to offer. Many of the trails promise easy access, spectacular views, and are far off the beaten path.
"The great thing about hiking is that there's something for everybody," says editor Robert Stieve. "You don't have to be an elite athlete to go out and do that. We try to put a mix of easy and long hikes in here."
The Bill Williams trail is one location many folks might not know about. "It's a beautiful trail, and it honestly doesn't get a lot of foot traffic," Stieve says. "It's up by Williams, Arizona. And as you can see from the photos, it's the kind of place you want to be when the temperatures hit 100 degrees down here. It's a moderate trail; it goes for about five or six miles up to that peak."
The magazine's cover features Walnut Canyon. "It's a trail just outside of Flagstaff," Stieve explains. "It's a very easy trail; only a couple of miles long and easy to get to."
The O'Leary Peak hike will take you north of Flagstaff near Sunset Crater. "It's a nice wide path, actually an old jeep road," Stieve explains. "You can hike side by side, and climb up there and escape the heat."
The Vishnu Trail near south rim is not going to be a crowded hike. "This one I can pretty much guarantee that you won't see anyone on this trail"
10 hikes are featured in the magazine, along with the 10 commandments of hiking. Those tips include never hiking alone, always telling someone where you're going, and always taking more food and water than you think you need.
The latest issue of Arizona Highways Magazine is on newsstands now.