Time to take your vacation memories to the next level, and beyond
To amp up your next vacation, consider adding an adventurous hike to your itinerary. At Omni, you’ll discover hiking experiences to challenge all levels of ability – from casual trekking paths to day hikes that’ll test even the most ardent hiker. While reaching the summit is always rewarding, we believe the ultimate reward should be something experienced every step along the way.
Here are four hiking destinations with trail descriptions, maps, and advice to help you build memories that will last a lifetime.
As its name implies, Paradise Valley is a hiker’s heaven
Paradise Valley is a popular recreation haven for hiking and biking. In fact, Echo Canyon, one of two Camelback Mountain trails, is located just minutes from the resort, making the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia a premier hiking destination. Below are five of the most scenic trails in Arizona, for all levels of hiking, and all near the resort.
Echo Canyon Trail, rated as one of the tougher hikes in the area, combines dirt, gravel, boulders, steep grades, and some handrail-assisted sections. It’s therefore recommended for hikers who maintain a higher fitness level. The distance to the top is 1.14 miles and will take approximately two to three hours to make it to the summit and back.
Cholla Trail, also on Camelback, is located four miles east of the resort and is 1.4 miles to the summit. Cholla does contain steep grades but still resembles more of a hike than a climb. Three-quarters of the way up the mountain, hikers will have to maneuver through large sections of boulders. So you’ll have to proceed carefully if you want to reach the top. In all, hiking time is approximately two hours, round trip.
Mummy Mountain, located a short distance from the resort, is a nine-mile loop that will take you through residential neighborhoods while offering picturesque views of the desert and surrounding mountains.
The Arizona Canal, also a short distance from the resort, is one of Phoenix’ longest multiuse trails. The 40 miles of paved and graveled surfaces make trekking easy. The canal brings water and life to the desert and provides a spectacular place to hike, bike, and run.
McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which includes the beautiful McDowell Mountains, encompasses more than 30,000 contiguous acres with almost 130 miles of trails. The Preserve’s trailhead gates are open from sunrise to sunset, and there’s no charge for parking or access.
Montelucia’s concierge desk and fitness center always have people available to help with information about nearby trails, descriptions, and difficulty levels. Conquer Camelback Hiking packages may be purchased separately at Crave Café. And if you want to pedal your way to the top, bike rentals are also available.
To be guided or to self-guide, that is the question
Self-guided hiking packages are available and include everything you need to beat the mountain, like water bottles, lip balm, sunscreen, maps, and convenient parking. For a more in-depth experience, make the excursion personal by hiring a guide who will point out the area’s flora, fauna, and interesting landmarks along the way.
Omni Scottsdale does not encourage hiking from May until September. Hikes on all trails in Arizona are undertaken at one’s own risk. Beginners should not attempt hikes on Camelback Mountain, Piestewa Peak, or Pinnacle Peak, since trails may be steep and treacherous. All trails may present hot and dry conditions. The desert has extreme temperatures from high heat to cool weather and rain. Be sure to check the weather before heading out for the day, and be sure to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
Get up-close and personal with the Allegheny Mountains and Cascades Gorge hiking
Surrounded by the Allegheny Mountains, The Omni Homestead Resort is perfectly situated in an environment beckoning the outdoor enthusiast. Of course, one of the most popular activities is the guided hike along the Cascades Gorge Trail. Intermediate hiking ability is required for the three-hour tour, which will be led by an informative naturalist through a series of beautiful waterfalls alongside a deep gorge. You’ll learn about regional and unusual flora and fauna as well as the medicinal and edible properties of the many local plants in this semitropical environment. This mesmerizing journey is one of the most beautiful in the region and is highly recommended.
Also natural to the area, and one of the main reasons so many flock to The Homestead, are the healing springs and medicinal waters coursing through the property. In fact, The Homestead is at the center of 13 mineral springs, two of which are pumped into the spa building.
In all, The Homestead has over 100 miles of hiking and biking trails. Other nearby attractions include Falling Spring, an 80-foot waterfall; Douthat State Park, a 50-acre lake trail with 28 miles of beach; and Lake Moomaw, a beach picnic area where you can try your hand – and feet – at paddleboarding.
Explore the beautiful scenery of the White Mountain National Forest
As grand as the history behind it, Omni Mount Washington Resort, is gracious in ambience and generous in amenities. Our resort is set in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, amid nearly 800,000 acres of White Mountain National Forest, offering the opportunity to enjoy any number of outdoor activities from spring through fall, including mountain biking, horseback riding, disc golf, hiking, walking, fly-fishing, rock climbing, and just plain exploring.
Join experienced guides for an incredible adventure, climbing one of the highest peaks in the northeast. If you’re not sure which trail best suits your level, the folks at the resort’s concierge desk will gladly steer you in the right direction. The possibilities are endless and include Mount Washington, Mount Lafayette, Mount Jefferson, and Mount Eisenhower.
It will be just you and your guide on the adventure, allowing for a customized experience suited to your every whim, including start time, pace, and choice of destination. (You should plan to start before 9 a.m. for most of the higher summits.) Length of the hike will vary between six and eight hours and range anywhere from six to ten miles, depending on how many mountains you choose to conquer. Some trails to consider include the Alpine Trail System, the Valley Trail System, and Fabyan Fields Trail.
Wondering what to wear or bring along on the hike? Hiking boots and a backpack stocked with lunch, trail snacks, a water bottle, sunscreen, and bug spray are a must. And by all means, don’t forget your camera!
The perfect destination to explore nature’s splendor
Take advantage of a private hike with the resort’s trail guide to some of the most historically significant spots on the property’s beautiful 2,200 acres. Explore all facets of the land – from prehistoric times, Native American tribes, and early settlers to healing waters – all of which have shaped the resort and spa.
There’s no better place to embrace the ancient practice of meditation through mindful walking. Experience your own private hike with the resort’s trail guide who is also an experienced meditation teacher. You’ll be taken to some of the loveliest and most tranquil places, where you’ll immerse yourself in the art of meditation.
Guided Naturalist Hikes
Enjoy learning about the flora and fauna that are found at Omni Bedford Springs Resort. Whether you want the hike to focus on the natural history, the cultural history, or both is up to you. The resort will create a custom hike based on your specific interest. Groups of up to 15 are welcome.
Omni features much more hiking
Of course, these are only four of the many options. Below are some other Omni hotels and resorts that offer nearby, incredible hiking opportunities.
Set against a backdrop of mountains and palm trees in the heart of the desert, this Palm Springs resort offers a relaxing oasis. But for those who want to take foot, hiking opportunities of all levels abound. Nearby trails include Bighorn Overlook Trail, Butler-Adams Trail, Chuckwalla Trail, Clancy Lane Trail, Jack Rabbit Trail, Roadrunner Trail, and the Rancho Mirage (aka Bump-n-Grind) Trail.
For other nearby hikes, check out Coachella Valley Preserve or, for something a bit unusual, hikes up to the Hollywood Sign are only a two-hour drive away.
The Santa Barbara area has many beautiful trails for hiking and appreciating nature, and Omni Tucson National Resort is at the center of them all. As a matter of fact, you’re only a 25-mile drive from both Romero Canyon and Mount Kimball, both in the Santa Catalina Mountains, and both teeming with beauty.
Nestled against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, this year-round Colorado hotel offers a wealth of walking and hiking alternatives, including Chautauqua Park, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Eldora Mountain, Estes Park, Pikes Peak, Breckenridge Ski Resort, and Flatirons in Boulder.
Towering above Mount-Royal Park, this 31-story Omni hotel offers magnificent city views and an abundance of natural light. It also offers great day hiking to Parc Jean-Drapeau and its beautiful golden sand beach, and Lachine Canal, which flows through the old parts of the city.
In the end, the best hikes aren’t just challenging, they’re safe and enjoyable
Here are some basic hiking “best practices” to consider before embarking on any trail.