Like to Walk (or run?) Anthem has lots of Options

Anthem was built with the small town feel and being a master planned community, it has plenty of open space for a stroll to the park, a hike up a mountain or a run through the wash.

The grand daddy of hikes – Up Daisy Mountain

Daisy Mountain (view from the Anthem Country Club)

Daisy Mountain (view from the Anthem Country Club)

Anthem is a unique place to live in the valley because its surrounded by mountains and Daisy Mountain is the one you’ll want to hike up to get the best workout AND the best views. Park on a side street in in the northern part of Anthem (or just walk out your door if you live in one of the Anthem Homes here) around Livingston and Navigation, and you’ll see the trail head to Daisy Mountain. The first half mile or so is flat through the desert, but then elevation climbs quickly. This is a steep hike and about 6 miles round trip (but you can turn around and go back so don’t let the distance deter you), but gorgeous views of Anthem and the desert await those who make it to the top.

There is an entry into the Daisy Mountain trail system from the Anthem Country Club as well.

Take a Stroll To the Store, to a Park or Just for Fun on Anthem’s Paths

Walking Paths in Anthem

Walking Paths in Anthem

When you drive around Anthem, you might miss some of the paths that wind in and around the community because they are hidden behind homes and away from the traffic. Most of the paths are paved, so they are easy to walk (or bike) on. They are mostly designed to lead to one of the pocket parks in the neighborhoods. They’re not crowded, but are usually well traveled, especially by dog walkers and kids. Homes in the Heritage and Traditions neighborhoods are an easy walk to Starbucks or the Fry’s grocery store.
You’ll also find trails that go through several of the wash areas. These are not paved and you’ll be surrounded by true desert flora and fauna. These trails are a great way to get out into nature without having to get into a car and drive.
The Anthem Park also has trails that wind through the ball fields, along the lake and to the playground areas. Winter weekends find these paths heavily traveled because of the many activities going on at the park, like baseball and soccer games, the Sunday Farmer’s market and picnics.

Be a Part of the Master Plan on the Maricopa Trail

The Maricopa Trail is eventually going to ring the valley in 240 miles of desert glory. But for now, you can get on the Trail in the southern part of Anthem (along Daisy Mountain Drive and I-17) and walk either west 10 miles to Lake Pleasant or 7 Miles to Cave Creek Regional Park. Both are hefty distances but you can turn around anywhere, and there isn’t the elevation climb like the Daisy Mountain Hike.
When you are considering a home to buy in Anthem, you may want to find one that is has the walkable location that fits your lifestyle.  Given the number of paths and trails here, that won’t be too hard!