Local author Lilia Menconi, whose work has appeared in Phoenix New Times and the Arizona Republic, shares her Moon outdoor guide Take a Hike Phoenix: Hikes within Two Hours of the City.
The Sonoran Desert draws visitors from far and wide for walks among iconic Saguaro cacti, craggy boulders, and spiky plant life that can be found nowhere else. Menconi grew up on these trails, and in Take a Hike Phoenix
, she shows you the best hikes in and around the city — all within two hours of Phoenix. Each hike profile contains practical information, including point-by-point trail navigation, contact information, facilities, fees, parking instructions, public transportation options, and an easy-to-use map for each trail. She also offers suggested lists of "best" hikes such as historical hikes, summit views, kid-friendly hikes, hikes for wildflower season, hikes near water, and even hikes for wheelchair access.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
LILIA MENCONI is a Phoenix gal through and through. She was born and raised in Phoenix with the famous Camelback Mountain visible from her backyard and school playground. While she enjoyed the occasional day hike with her family during her childhood, she truly fell in love with the city's dusty trails as an adult.
Lilia is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in local publications, including Phoenix New Times
, Arizona Republic
, and Generation Health AZ
, and on the blog The Broke-Ass Bride
. She loves her day job as a communications coordinator and feels lucky to accept additional work as a freelance writer and blogger. She happily lives and works in Phoenix with her husband (who hiked almost every trail in this book with her) and two adorable cats.