Peoria's Trail System

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Peoria residents enjoy access to more than 20 miles of multi-use trails for walking, jogging, hiking, cycling, and horseback riding. There are also numerous hiking trails in Peoria, bike lanes, bike routes, and trailheads to explore.

 

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Peoria’s Trail System

New River Trail extension to Pinnacle Peak is NOW OPEN!


Multi-Use Pathways

  • New River Trail - 13.5 miles starting in Glendale at Bethany Home Road to Pinnacle Peak Rd.
  • Skunk Creek - 5.7 miles starting at Rio Vista Community Park to 51st Ave in Glendale
  • View a map of Peoria's multi-use paths (PDF)

Mountain Trails:

Trail Hours:

  • Mountain Trails - sunrise to sunset;
  • River Trails – sunrise to sunset
  • Trailheads - sunrise to sunset

Rules

  • Motorized vehicles are prohibited on the trails. (PCC 7-64)
  • Pets must be restrained on a leash, no longer than six feet in length, and pet waste must be cleaned up and properly disposed of. (PCC 7-66)
  • Do not chase, harass, or harm wildlife. Marking, defacing, destruction, tampering, or removal of equipment, plants, and structures is prohibited. (PCC 7-66)
  • Ride at a reasonable speed with regard for the safety of others (PCC 7-64)
  • Alcoholic beverages and glass containers are prohibited on trails, trailheads, and parking areas. (PCC 7-65)
  • yield signFor a complete listing of park rules, consult the park usage ordinance.
  • Learn more on motorized and recreation vehicles on desert lands.

Please always yield and do not block the trail. Keep right and pass on the left. Enjoy the beauty of the plants and wild animals, but leave them undisturbed for all to treasure. Stay on groomed trails. Help keep our trails clean.

Heat Warning

In Effect April - October

Each year hikers suffer serious illness or death from heat exhaustion, a potentially fatal condition that can be prevented by following these best practices:

  • Hike when it's cooler (early morning or evening)
  • Turn around before your water is halfway gone

Heat Exhaustion Warning Signs:

  • Feeling faint or dizzy
  • Excessive sweating
  • Clammy skin
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid pulse
  • Muscle cramps

Trail Safety

  • Bring plenty of water. Plan for 1/3 of you water for hiking in, 1/3 hiking out and 1/3 for the unexpected.
  • Check the weather and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Be sun smart with a hat and sunscreen.
  • If encountered, most animals will not bother you unless threatened. Back off and give them room to escape.
  • Use care and know your ability.

Trail Ratings

Table explaining the trail difficulty ratings used by the city
Rating Symbol Definition Slope / Grade
trails-easiestEasiest Minimal elevation change over accessible, paved or hard surface.
Obstacles: None.
grade-easiest
trails-easy Easy Slight elevation change over minimally uneven surface.
Obstacles: 2" or less; rocks and ruts.
grade-easy
trails-moderateModerate Elevation change over areas of uneven surfaces.
Obstacles: 8: or less; rocks and ruts.
grade-moderate
trails-moderately-difficultModerately Difficult Elevation change over mostly uneven surfaces.
Obstacles: 12" or less; loose rocks; ruts and possible drops.
grade-moderately-difficult
trails-difficultDifficult Large elevation change over mostly uneven surfaces.
Obstacles: 12" or greater; loose rocks, ruts and possible drops.
grade-difficult
trails-difficulttrails-difficultExtremely Difficult Large elevation change over extremely uneven surfaces.
Obstacles: 12" or greater; loose rocks, ruts, large drops, and increased exposure to the elements.
grade-extremely-difficult

 

If you have further questions about the City of Peoria's hiking trails, call 623-773-7137 or email communityservices@peoriaaz.gov

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