My family and I have hiked Deem Hills before, but this past weekend, we tried a different loop. I was excited to get outside because that meant my Cone of Shame could come off. Why am I wearing it, you ask? Well that’s a pretty personal question! Okay…so I’ve been obsessively licking…to the point where I am raw around my poop shoot. TMI? You asked! I can’t help myself. Just one more lick I tell myself…
On to our adventure…Deem Hills is located off Happy Valley Road and I-17. Google up the trail head, and look for the East Parking Lot located at 27428 N. 39th Avenue. It isn’t very big, but we haven’t seen it full yet. Humans do not have a restroom. Ha! We can go wherever we want. Woof! There is a shade structure for the summer, though, and it is free. Of course, canines are welcome on leash!
We had some friends join us on this hike. They are from down south: Scottsdale. They had never seen Deem Hills before. With the recent rains, it was much greener than usual and made the lava rocks seem to pop. Yes, I said lava rocks.
Deem Hills is known for its unique basalt volcanic rock formations dispersed in the Sonoran Desert. This park has 1,000 acres of great hiking options from super easy to longer ones, all with exceptional views of the Phoenix area below. Check the map before you take off. Although the trails are marked, it can get confusing. My dad got turned around once, and we ended up going the wrong way for a spell. My mom hasn’t let him forget it!
Anyway, the weather was just perfect. During the summer, it can get hot, so bring plenty of water. During the fall and winter, however, it is just lovely! Instead of doing the short 2.5 miles loop, we connected to the Circumference Trail (C), which goes around the entire base of Deem Hill. We didn’t do the entire loop of 5 ½ miles, but we went 3 ½. You have several options throughout the hike to join the B trail and head back to the parking lot.
Several dogs were out hiking with their humans. I wanted to shout out to one Husky in particular who only has 3 legs. You rock dude! This dog didn’t miss a beat and was a total inspiration. We must all remember to do the best with what we have, cones and all.
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!