It's National Walk Your Pet Month and daily walks are great for both you and your dog, but do you ever feel like you walk the same paths every day? Research says that most dogs can tolerate 20-30 minute dog walks on a daily basis if they have a relatively good body condition. Some dogs in great physical health can tolerate walks up to 2 hours or go hiking for hours at a time.
So grab your dog and take a walk with us through five places around Phoenix that are great for you and your dog!
HIDDEN VALLEY TRAIL AT SOUTH MOUNTAIN - MODERATE
This trail is 3.4 miles out and back via Mormon Trail and takes you near Fatman’s Pass. Not only do you get to see the south side of Phoenix from a different view, you can expect a little scrambling here and there as you shimmy over rocks and crannies to loop around to the rest of the trail. This is a fun trail to do if your dog loves climbing rocks!
LOST DOG WASH TRAIL IN MCDOWELL SONORAN PRESERVE
Don’t let the name scare you away from tackling this trail: Follow the path and keep your dog leashed, and neither one of you will have to worry about getting lost. The Lost Dog Wash Trail offers a scenic stroll through a natural desert wash, and is suited for hikers of all skill levels and their pets. Fill up on water or rest your paws under shade ramadas at the trailhead facilities.
LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN TRAIL
This short (but sweet) 1-mile summit trail is a local favorite. Lookout Mountain features beautiful desert scenery without the large crowds you may find at nearby peaks. With a steady incline from start to finish, this trail is great for hikers and their canines looking to get some quick exercise without sacrificing the stunning views.
TEMPE BEACH PARK
Tempe Beach Park is a great location for a long, leashed walk. Plus you get to walk by some water and we all know that we could use some of that here in the desert.
The Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt cuts through the heart of Scottsdale. This eleven-mile trail that runs north to south serves the mostly residential communities along its borders. Dogs can enjoy a stroll along the trail, which can be accessed at several thoroughfares.