Silly Mountain Park Trails

silly mountainE, my 6 year old, was out of school for the day and wanted to go on a hike with us badly. Luckily, I found Silly Mountain’s trails and decided to create a loop totaling 2.4 miles and only a 462 elevation gain which was exactly what I was looking for. Since this was going to be a fairly easy hike we only packed water bottles and headed out.

The trail is fairly steep in the elevation gain but that was no challenge for my energy ridden 6 year old so he lightly ran up the trail without a hitch. Once you reach the top you can climb even higher on a smaller trail.  This part of the trail leads you up to the very highest point of Silly Mountain but it was a little tricky to climb with littles. The view at the top was very pretty and looked out over Apache Junction as well as the Lost Dutchman which is nice.

When we started heading back down and around on our loop, the trail did become a little boring. There wasn’t much to look at other than some backyards of houses and anyone on the same trail as us.

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Coming back down there is a small botanical garden loop one could do if they didn’t want to hike. However, be careful not to veer off the trail if you can help it. My sister got plenty of cacti needles in her shoes doing so.

Overall this was a quick and easy trail to hike even though it did become a little boring, I think its not bad if you head up to the top and then make your way back down versus looping around the mountain. There are several different trail options so maybe some of the others are better or more visually stimulating?

 

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19 Comments

  1. March 11, 2017 / 12:02 am

    Oh wow! That looks like so much fun. My family and I love to go for hikes and walks together. We have a blast.

  2. March 11, 2017 / 12:15 am

    Oh wow! What a gorgeous view. I know my kid would love to take a hike in such a scenic place.

  3. March 11, 2017 / 12:22 am

    That trail looks gorgeous – and go you for trekking it with kiddos! That scenery just can’t be beat – it must be incredible to see all of that in person!

  4. Claudia Krusch
    March 11, 2017 / 2:54 am

    We love to go for hikes as a family. This looks like a fun place to go hiking. It is a great way get some exercise and talk.

  5. March 11, 2017 / 4:30 am

    The photographer in me wants to take some pictures there. It looks like a gorgeous place to hike (despite having to see peoples backyards for part of it)

  6. March 11, 2017 / 4:40 am

    This looks so beautiful! And what an awesome way to spend time with your kids, too!

  7. March 11, 2017 / 4:42 am

    What an awesome family outing! I remember when I was younger… Oh man, I HATED hiking. I actually still do not like it, ha ha, but when I was younger, I was such a CRAB about it! I made my parent’s lives a living hell, LOL! WHOOPS!

  8. March 12, 2017 / 3:07 am

    I think it would be very neat to go on the trail. I give you so much credit having 2 little ones and doing it! You have made me realize another thing I need to do more of this coming summer.

  9. Jennifer Van Huss
    March 12, 2017 / 6:42 pm

    That trail looks fabulous! What a beautiful spot to take the kids!

  10. Gabriel
    March 12, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    Can’t wait to start hiking again – I have always loved it and now the kids are old enough to really start joining in a bit.

  11. March 12, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    Sounds like y’all had a great hike!! Great post!!

  12. March 13, 2017 / 3:57 am

    Wow girl – I don’t know how you did it! I have a hard time hiking on my own, but you did it with 2 kids! Way to go girl!

  13. Yolanda Williams
    March 13, 2017 / 1:58 am

    Man it looks like you guys are having so much fun. I think doing things like this as a family is so cool. It’s such a great way to spend time with each other. I’ve always wanted to go hiking in the mountains, but we don’t live a hiking trail.

  14. March 14, 2017 / 12:07 am

    That is a great idea, my daughter (5) complains about not being able to hike when we go. I need to create a mini path for us to do with her. Thanks for the idea, cute pants.

  15. March 14, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    I like that it doesn’t take long to walk it. I get tired easily with my chronic pain but go hiking every weekend anyway. I’ll have to check this park out.
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