City of Phoenix limiting access to hiking trails starting this weekend

In an effort to help with 'social distancing,' The City of Phoenix says starting this weekend it will be limiting access on some of their hiking trails.

Effective Saturday, March 28, and until further notice, the following areas will be impacted:

  • Papago Park – Hole in the Rock:The main parking lot for Hole in the Rock will be closed and access by hikers to Hole in the Rock will be limited. Trail usage at this location has nearly tripled over the last three weeks, compared to the same period in 2019. Other parking lots within Papago Park will be open, as will other trails and access points.
  • Camelback Mountain – Echo Canyon Trailhead:Traffic and parking controls to manage ingress and egress will be in place to resolve overcrowding. Drivers should be respectful if parking in the surrounding neighborhood and be aware of any street parking restrictions.
  • Misspelled WordPiestewaPeak Trailhead:Traffic and parking controls to manage ingress and egress will be in place to resolve overcrowding. Drivers should be respectful if parking in the surrounding neighborhood and be aware of any street parking restrictions.
  • South Mountain Park – Pima Canyon Trailhead:Traffic and parking controls to manage ingress and egress will be in place to resolve overcrowding. Drivers should be respectful if parking in the surrounding neighborhood and be aware of any street parking restrictions.
  • South Mountain Park – Dobbins Lookout:Vehicle access on Summit Rd. will be controlled to resolve overcrowding at Dobbins Lookout.
  • Camelback Mountain –Misspelled WordChollaTrail:Due to rock remediation and trail maintenance following recent rain, this trail will be closed for approximately two weeks.

According to Phoenix.gov

City staff is continually monitoring vehicle and foot traffic at trailheads citywide, and additional limits could be put in place at other locations if needed. If hikers see that a trailhead is busy, they should avoid contributing to a large group and use another trail or visit another trailhead.
Phoenix is home to more than 200 miles of trails, and while these limitations are in place the hiking community is encouraged to explore trails in other areas. Suggested alternate trail locations include the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area and the Reach 11 Recreation Area. Detailed trail information, trailhead locations and important "Take a Hike. Do it Right." hiking safety guidelines can be found at Phoenix.gov/Parks/Trails.
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