The Best Hiking Trails in Peoria

Discovery Trail | Vistancia Peoria AZ

Whether you love biking, running or walking, getting exercise is crucial to maintaining your health.  If you are lucky enough to live in North Peoria you’ll have access to some of the Valley’s top hiking trails, right outside your front door, offering a quick and easy way to stay in shape and embrace the beautiful natural Arizona desert surroundings.

Vistancia’s Discovery Trail

Residents of the community of Vistancia, located off Loop 303 (Exit 127) and Lone Mountain Parkway, have access to a signature amenity, The Discovery Trail, a 3.5-mile linear path perfect for walking, running or biking. This private path, is surrounded by natural beauty with varying elevations and views of the Sonoran Desert and connects the trail to neighborhood parks, picnic ramadas, BBQ grills, shaded playgrounds, a basketball court, baseball field and more.

Discovery Trail Parks:

  • Solar Garden: This park offers a one-billionth scale solar system model perfect for stargazing. Located near the midway point on Discovery Trail just north of Sunrise Point.
  • Cottonwood Park: Perfect for a family picnic, this park offers ramadas for picnics and a park and play area for the kids or outdoor activities. Located on the southern end of Discovery Trail, north of Ridgeline Rd.
  • Riverwalk Park: If you are looking for a challenge, this park is for you. Designed with a par course, outdoor fitness equipment, walking, and running trails. This park also includes picnic ramadas and grass play areas for the family. Located at the north end of Discovery Trail just northwest corner of Vistancia Blvd. and Lone Mountain Rd.

If you are looking for additional hiking destinations near Vistancia, you might also try:

West Wing Mountain Trail

Situated on the beautiful West Wing Mountain, this trail is designed for those hikers with an appetite for more intermediate exercise. The beginning of the trail is just off of West Wing Park in Peoria which provides easy parking for hikers with cars. The first 0.6 miles of this nearly three-mile loop hike is a graduated incline, which makes warming-up easy.

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As you continue, you’ll reach the summit by way of a few steep inclines. The view on the peak and on the way down is gorgeous, with panoramic views of the Valley and great scenery along the trail. This hike is approximately 2 hours long.

East Wing Mountain Trail

If you’re new to hiking and mountain trails, East Wing Mountain’s beginner trail is the place for you. This trail offers a short 0.4-mile uphill climb with beautiful scenic overlooks. The intermediate and difficult trails are longer at 1.8 miles each and include steeper inclines than the beginner.

Once you reach the summit of the difficult trail, you’ll enjoy a breathtaking 360-degree view of the Phoenix skyline, Four Peaks, West Wing Mountains and maybe even Lake Pleasant.

Skunk Creek Trail

For the biker, jogger or speed walker, Skunk Creek Trail offers the best in biking and running pathways. This nearly six-mile trail is built for the sightseer, as it provides excellent views of local wildlife such as javelina, coyotes, rabbits, owls and more.

For those who want to stop in, the trail leads right past the Peoria Sports Complex and through local neighborhoods. Aside from runners and bikers, you may notice equestrians utilizing the pathway as well. For a day out with friends or family, enjoy the trail itself or duck off the beaten path to visit one of the many parks along the trail.

Pipeline Canyon Trail

Mere minutes from Lake Pleasant is the incredible Pipeline Canyon Trail. This 3.9-mile trip is worth its weight in beautiful views of the lake and various creeks and canyons. This path is perfect for those beginners who want to be challenged a bit or the experienced hiker who’d like a leisurely hike to soak up the view. There are various areas of incline and decline to work your legs and a rewarding overlook of Fireman’s Cove and the Bradshaw Mountains. You may just be lucky enough to see a wild burro along your way.

Trail Safety

Before you set out on your next hiking adventure, make sure you adhere to these common hiking safety tips:

  • Stay hydrated before, during and after your hike
  • Wear appropriate footwear made for hikingVistancia Communities in Peoria AZ
  • Tell someone where you’re going and how long you’ll be gone
  • Stay on the designated trail
  • Wear sunscreen or appropriate clothing to prevent sunburn
  • Hike with a buddy

Awesome Hiking Trails Just Outside Your Front Door

With a new home in Vistancia in Northwest Peoria, you can enjoy these trails and recreational fun just minutes from your door. For more information and to learn more visit the Cassia by Beazer Homes neighborhood in The Village or one of our builders in Northpointe at Vistancia. 

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