55 Things to do #10: Explore the West Valley

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Victory 55 Things - Explore the West Valley Hiking GraphicVictory at Verrado is a place for exploration. A community designed to feed your passion for life, learning and new experiences. Most of all, it’s a place to forge connections with lifelong friends who share similar passions. And what better way to get to know each other than going on an adventure.

Being in the West Valley, Verrado and Victory District residents are blessed with access to phenomenal outdoor activities. Many benefits of living in the beautiful Sonoran Desert are right at your fingertips, including immediate access to the spectacular White Tank Mountains, 20+ miles of trails, over 50 community parks and an array of outdoor related clubs.

So, rather than expect you to wait until Victory opens in January 2015 to begin exploring, we thought we would give you the scoop on a few outdoor groups and activities that you can try right away.

1. Verrado Parks and Trails

Verrado-mountain-bike-thumbnail Parks and trails are ever-present here at Verrado and Victory. Currently, there are over 50 uniquely designed neighborhood parks in Verrado, with even more planned for the Victory District. Each park has its own distinct character, which makes a trip to each of them one of the best ways to explore the many wonderful neighborhoods of Verrado. And meet some future neighbors along the way, of course. In addition to parks, the community also features a substantial path and trail system totaling over 21 miles currently with more to come. There are trails and paths for everyone, too, from road cyclists, to mountain bikers, walkers, runners, hikers and more. Aside from connecting Verrado’s neighborhoods, the trail system also opens the gate to amazing adventures in the White Tank Mountains and Buckeye area.

We encourage you to explore some of the great mountain bike trails around the community or to get in touch with our team for information about the Verrado Cycling & Mountain Bike Club.

2. Meetup.com: Hiking AZ – West Valley Hiking & Adventures

Verrado Sunset Desert View Thumbnail With over 560 members, this Meetup.com group is a great way to meet fellow outdoor enthusiasts who are getting out and exploring the West Valley. Members are working toward their exercise goals while enjoying some adventures around the Valley, both of which are big focuses for Victory at Verrado. According to the group page, “typical daily hikes include a two hour hike in the Estrella or White Tank Mountains. A weekend hike would travel to such places as the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff or Sedona.” Other activities include camping, backpacking, and obstacle course runs like Tough Mudders (Hosted at DMB’s Eastmark community) or the Rugged Maniac run.

If you’re interested in meeting some new people from the area and want to connect with the group, just visit their page by clicking here.

3. AllTrails.com: Best Trails in Buckeye, Arizona

Victory 55 Things - Quartz Peak Trail Buckeye, AZ AllTrails.com is an excellent website and mobile app for those looking to explore the great outdoors. The site features over 50,000 trails complete with review, photos and comments from other adventurers. Their Trail Finder function even allows you to search for great hikes and outdoor areas in your location. In fact, after completing a hike you can even save those trails to your Trails Journal for future reference or to share with friends.

Phoenix is well represented at AllTrails.com, including many suggested routes in and around Verrado in the Buckeye area. Suggested trails range from the technical and challenging 6 miles out and back Quartz Peak Hiking Trail to a 10.4 miles out and back mountain biking trail at Margies Cove.

4. Meetup.com: West Valley Casual Bike Rides

Victory 55 Things - Meetup.com West Valley Casual Bike Ride Group Image Prefer bicycling to hiking, running or walking? No problem. Along with the many opportunities for road cycling and mountain biking in and around Verrado, there are plenty of places to get your wheels spinning throughout Buckeye and the Valley. With almost 200 members, the West Valley Casual Bike Rides group on Meetup.com is another great chance to get out and pursue your passion for fitness and adventure with new friends.

The group features “bicycle rides for all skills,” with “event activity level, route distance, ride surfaces and speed varying based on group preference.” Helmets and hydration packs are mandatory so be sure to stop by one of the Southwest Valley bike shops to gear up. And, the great thing about this group is that all types of bikes and riders are welcome, as they say “nobody gets left behind.”

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