Best Guided Hike - 2009
Elephant Mountain Fortress Hike
True hikers view guided hikes as literate Parisians view ushered tours of the Louvre: dimly.
This excellent seven-miler is the exception. A relatively difficult trek over primitive trails, the ranger-led hybrid hike takes participants into the park's achingly beautiful backcountry for sublime views and solid interpretation. The ranger du jour will fill you in on the newest, and most unusual, entry in the Maricopa County Regional Park system, which is set in a high-desert riparian area dotted with numerous archaeological sites.
The hike is scheduled regularly. See the Web site for more info.