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When I lived in Phoenix I did a lot of hiking – my favorite place was Echo Canyon Park.
I do not think I can make this but a possible hike is Camelback:Climb Camelback - Camelback Mountain Hiking Information | Phoenix, AZ
Please be very careful hiking in the desert in the summer. Bring plenty of water.
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As a long-time resident and frequent hiker, I can highly recommend the City of Phoenix Sonoran Preserve. There are several trail heads and this area is very near to the conference hotel. No long drive to get there, plenty of parking, and lots of open space with nice views of the valley. Many people hike and ride trail bikes here on weekends. There are circumference trails and some that summit the hills. There is something for every skill level. I myself am a regular at the Desert Hills Trailhead off the Carefree Highway at 7th Avenue. As mentioned previously by others, the earlier in the day, the better, and bring lots of water. No such thing as too much. Hats, sunscreen, and sunglasses are all required.Parks and Recreation Sonoran Preserve
Echo Canyon, in my opinion, is too crowded and also relatively steep and dangerous. Several times a year someone falls there and has to be rescued. The neighbors have grown weary of the crowds and parking could be an issue.