READ IT: Some hiking guides are as dry as the Phoenix heat, but local scribe Lilia Menconi's trail tome, Take a Hike Phoenix: Hikes within Two Hours of the City (Moon Outdoors) takes a conversational tone that feels like having a hiking buddy chatting by your side through the switchbacks.
From South Mountain Park to Piestewa Peak to White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 81 hikes are highlighted here, with troves of information including public transportation options, maps, and fees and facility details. Menconi also singles out "best" hikes in various categories, including historical hikes, summit views, kid-friendly hikes, wildflower season hikes, hikes with wheelchair access, and our favorite, "Best Butt-Kickers.
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