The ACC owns and cares for a 6.3-mile section of the Maricopa Trail, which is also supported by the Desert Foothills Land Trust. The section runs from Rt. 17 thru Anthem, Desert Hills and New River, ending at New River Rd. The trail is rated "beginner to intermediate," is relatively flat and horse-friendly.
neighborhood trail system
Trails and paths weave through residential areas of Anthem - 15 miles in total. Walk, jog or bike these trails, but remember that pets must be leashed at all times. Many of the trails run next to or through 404 wash areas. Learn what you can and cannot do in these areas to maintain the safety and appearance of the community.
daisy mountain trails/hikes
To hike Daisy Mountain, you must first apply for a permit from the State Land Department. This is because Daisy Mountain is State Trust Land. The only access point for all residents onto Daisy Mountain is in a Parkside neighborhood, at N. Livingstone and Navigation Way. However, there is no street parking. Arrange to be dropped off/picked up, or walk/bike to the start of the trail. No ATVs are allowed on Daisy Mountain; it is strictly for hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use.
Especially in the Arizona heat of summer, please take precautions and use good judgment when heading out for a hike. "Take a Hike. Do it Right."
The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department prohibits dogs on trails when the temperature reaches 100 degrees or higher. All dogs are banned from Camelback Mountain, regardless of temperatures. The rule went into effect July 8, 2016, and violators may be cited with penalties up to $2,500 and jail time.
Volunteers are important; they keep the trail maintained and preserved. The Maricopa Trail and Parks Foundation developed a stewardship program for this area; spending time as a family on the trail and learning about trail etiquette/stewardship is important in order to preserve the landscape for future generations. Learn more about the Maricopa Trail or view a map of the Maricopa Trail/Spur Cross/Cave Creek area.