Just as we Arizonans are forced to embrace the extreme highs of our summer temperatures in order to bear living in this beautiful desert, so too do we have to find the beneficial qualities of our incredible springs. In most cases, the best way to do this is to explore what the outdoors and nature have to offer in the way of seasonal activities. Luckily for us, Arizona has a wealth of options during this beautiful time of year.
While there are a number of great biking routes (think Tempe Town Lake) as well as botanical gardens that are a joy even during the winter months, it is the abundance of outdoor hiking opportunities that really takes the cake for anyone living or visiting our beautiful part of the state.
The hiking scene around Phoenix and Scottsdale is second to none. Regardless of where you live in the area, there are beautiful and picturesque trails within reach where you can spend a cold weekend afternoon exploring. Whether it’s Pinnacle Peak in North Scottsdale or Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, there are any number of opportunities for moderate to difficult hiking in the area.
When preparing for a hike, especially in the winter, be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks containing a good combination of salt and sugar. Trail mixes that contain chocolate and salted nuts are a great option. It is also important to wear thin but well insulated layers of preferably synthetic material that you can peal off as you get warm. If you are going out for a long hike, it is important that you pay attention to how much you sweat. You don’t want to get wet while out in the elements so move slowly and remove layers as you feel your body warming up. As with any excursion into nature, be sure to go with a friend or at the very least let someone know where and when you intend to begin and end your hike.
Before it gets too warm, lace up some walking shoes, put on a sweater, and fill a day bag with supplies and get outside! Invite several friends for a fun and active outdoor social activity or just bring the family and get closer to one another while bonding in nature.