The Mountaineer

A variety of guided hikes are offered through our Arizona Biltmore Recreation Team. Explore the Phoenix Mountain Preserve on our Desert Hike, or check out the view from Piestewa Peak on the Summit Hike. If you’d prefer to explore on your own, pick up a jogging and biking map from the Concierge and visit www.alltrails.com for details on all nearby hikes.

Take one of several guided hiking tours offered by the Arizona Biltmore Recreation Department. Guided Hikes are offered September through May. Contact Recreation for further information 602-381-7684.

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Camelback Mountain

This famous mountain features two hiking trails that ascend 1,280 feet to the summit. Ideal for active hikers and runners, this 45 to 60-minute hike rewards with breathtaking views of the Valley of the Sun. Trailhead is 7.1 miles from the resort.

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

The Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a permanently protected 30,200-acre sustainable desert habitat open for non-motorized trail
use. The Preserve offers multiple trailheads and is open every day, sunrise to sunset. Trailhead is 21.2 miles from the resort.

South Mountain

This vast 16,000-acre preserve offers 51 primary trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. You can drive up the Summit Road 5.5 miles to Dobbins Lookout and gain spectacular valleywide views. Trailhead is 15.8 miles from the resort.

Piestewa Peak

At 2,608 feet, Piestewa Peak is the second highest point in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, after Camelback Mountain. Piestewa Peak Summit Trail is a popular 2.3-mile challenging hike with great city views. There are several trails to choose from here and in the Dreamy Draw Recreation Area. Trailhead is 2 miles from the resort.

North Mountain

Also close by are North Mountain and Shaw Butte at 2,014 feet and 2,149 feet in elevation, respectively. North Mountain National Trail is a moderate 1.6-mile loop featuring beautiful wildflowers and great birding. Trailhead is 7.1 miles from the resort.

Apache Trail

Apache Junction was a stagecoach trail that ran through the Superstition Mountains. The trail was named after the Apache Indians who originally used the trail to move through the Superstition Mountains. As you drive along Apache Junction, there are ghost towns, mining towns, museums, horseback riding and restaurants. Trailhead is 44 miles from the resort.

Bicycle Rentals

Bicycle rentals are available through Arizona Biltmore Recreation for $15/hour or $50/day.

Hiking Safety Tips

When you explore the outdoors, be sure to bring: water, map, sunscreen, hat and your cellphone.

Trekking Tips:

  • Wear proper hiking footwear.
  • When your water is half gone, turn back.
  • Know your ability, health limitations.
  • Be aware of extreme weather.
  • Know your trail route by always taking a trail map.