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"A" Mountain (Hayden Butte Preserve)

Mountain, Other Great Outdoors, and Scenic Lookout
Downtown Tempe, Tempe
  • The scenic views at "A" Mountain (Hayden Butte Preserve) is a can't miss
  • Katie O.
    "This is a great little mountain to get a quick hike in."(7 Tips)
    Drew P.
    "It's a great panoramic view of Tempe and the surrounding cities."(6 Tips)
    Mia F.
    "Easy hike for anyone, and way worth it once you get to the top."(6 Tips)
    Jennifer H.
    "Great place for a short hike and the view at the top is beautiful!"(4 Tips)
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  • Sergiu P.
    Sergiu PerjuOctober 22
    easy to get on the top of A Mount. 20-30min. beautiful night view!
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Mauno P.
    Mauno PMarch 3
    Nice hiking trail. Good for a quick walk.
  • Justin S.
    Justin SullivanOctober 10, 2015
    A quick climb to gorgeous views of Tempe and the surrounding Valley.
  • Hollie S.
    Hollie SickMarch 14, 2015
    Great quick trail with a gorgeous view
  • Lavish pAdZ: A.
    Hike A Mountain during the early morning or if you are like me and don’t mind the heat do the hike during the 100+ degree temps. Bring water, a phone, and good shoes.
  • Walt G.
    Walt GarrettNovember 23, 2013
    Easy hike but offers nice views of the tempe area and is right off Mill Avenue. So after your healthy hike you can walk over to Mill and be unhealthy
  • Shaylin B.
    Shaylin BradaNovember 18, 2013
    Easy hike. Great hike to do in between classes. The view from the top is amazing
  • Lauren W.
    Lauren WellsNovember 18, 2013
    Come here in the morning before the heat for a great view and easy hike!
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HNovember 18, 2013
    Almost all freshman paint the 'A' and it's one of the ASU-specific sites that stand out. A great view of campus from the top and a relatively quick 'hike' to the top.
  • Ally W.
    Ally WalkerNovember 18, 2013
    Being so close to campus, it is an amazing hike to take to clear your head and get an amazing view of the valley! Not usually busy and a very moderate, easy hike.
  • Elizabeth D.
    Elizabeth DunneNovember 18, 2013
    Great for a quick hike if you don't have time for Camelback. Sunset is the best.
  • Caroline H.
    Caroline HallNovember 17, 2013
    Best place for a quick hike around campus! Has a great view of Tempe and isn't too hard of a hike!
  • Victoria
    VictoriaNovember 17, 2013
    Hike the mountain around sunset! You get an amazing view of Tempe and lights just after dark.
  • Vanessa H.
    Vanessa HeleneNovember 17, 2013
    What a nice hike and view! & after it's a quick walk to Mill Ave. to great food and drinks!
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RiosNovember 16, 2013
    Got to the top and remembered why I love Tempe. Highly recommended.
  • Luke M.
    Luke MooneyNovember 15, 2013
    You can get a nice, steep, little hike in over here. The view is great at the top and it is a fantastic place to people watch. Not a bad place to dog watch either.
  • Erik W.
    Erik WitzigNovember 14, 2013
    Great way to spend valentines day. Climb A mountain to the too with your lady and nice bottle of Vino. Watch the sunset from up there and your brownie points will go through the roof!!
  • Greg T.
    Greg TaylorAugust 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great short workout in Downtown Tempe
  • Maile C.
    Maile CanlasAugust 5, 2013
    Good hiking place be sure to bring water. Good place to view phx area and phx airport
  • Cody C.
    Cody CallahanAugust 5, 2013
    Often frequented by ASU students. Groups of freshman often go on short hikes to the summit. Other run up it for exercise. Great views at night!
  • Melissa F.
    Melissa FossumMay 10, 2013
    The view is amazing at night. Make sure you go all the way to the top.
  • Drew P.
    Drew PociaskFebruary 16, 2013
    If you go to ASU or even just live in Tempe this is a must. It's a great panoramic view of Tempe and the surrounding cities.
  • Dak G.
    Dak GidFebruary 15, 2013
    Good place to exercise or catch an awesome view of the sunset and city lights. check out the giant A on the butte. Best view of the Tempe/ ASU area.
  • Hillary E.
    Hillary ElizabethFebruary 15, 2013
    Want a workout but dont want to go to far to do it.. Hike "A" mountain a couple times. Try even running it!
  • Regina F.
    Regina FantyFebruary 15, 2013
    A mountain is a simple hike that provides wonderful views of the entire university!
  • Michael I.
    Michael IuorioFebruary 15, 2013
    If you really want to feel apart of the ASU campus, check out A Mountain. Go up and visit the yellow A, or even take a hike up to the very top. Either way you are engulfed in ASU culture!
  • Angelica P.
    Angelica PerezFebruary 15, 2013
    I love this place!! The view is amazing and is perfect for a quick hike.
  • Samantha K.
    Samantha KookFebruary 15, 2013
    Hike this either before sunrise or sunset. One of the best views and way less energy needed then Camelback. ASU students often paint the "A" for occasions. Freshman: participate in the white wash.
  • Kyle W.
    Kyle WinsteadFebruary 14, 2013
    Sometimes a little congested with people, but a PERFECT short hike if you want a quick workout. Be sure to butt slide down the A.
  • Jennifer H.
    Jennifer HayeFebruary 14, 2013
    Great place for a short hike and the view at the top is beautiful! Especially around sunset, definitely worth waiting for. Very relaxing.
  • Alyssa S.
    Alyssa StrubharFebruary 13, 2013
    A fun short hike for beginners with beautiful views. Remember to bring sunscreen if you go in the summer!
  • Daniel R.
    Daniel RodriguezFebruary 11, 2013
    Perfect place to get some exercise and check out all of Tempe
  • ASU's Tempe Campus
    ASU's Tempe CampusOctober 12, 2012
    Witness the crowning of your 2012 Homecoming Royalty on Oct. 26 at 8pm at the top of “A” Mountain. Parking will be available in the stadium structure located S. of Sun Devil Stadium and Veterans Way.
  • ASU's Tempe Campus
    ASU's Tempe CampusOctober 12, 2012
    Retrace the steps of all those before you as you climb to the top of A Mountain during the Lantern Walk on Oct. 26 at 8pm.
  • Arizona State University
    Guard the "A" from rivals before important football games.
  • Arizona State University
    Hike "A" Mountain during Fall Welcome and enjoy painting the "A" with fellow freshmen.
  • Bryant S.
    Bryant S.March 29, 2012
    Easy hike. Best scenery of Tempe from top. Good place for running. Students paint the "A" several times a year. U of A students try to paint it red come rivalry time.
  • Brandon M.
    Brandon McCollumMarch 29, 2012
    If you decided to hike up "A" mountain, make sure you do so at night or in the early morning. Don't wanna die form heat stroke. Good view though!
  • Sara C.
    Sara CusickMarch 29, 2012
    I run this at least 3 times a week and it is the best workout for me. Great scenery, and on a nice day it can be so therapeutic. I always walk to mill for lunch after to reward myself!
  • amanda T.
    amanda TMarch 29, 2012
    New incoming students should check this out. It is used for different things but the most entertaining is when U OF A (ASU rival) are playing and they come up and try to paint it their colors!
  • Tori P.
    Tori PacosMarch 29, 2012
    Make sure to stop and read the little tid bit of history as you climb the mountain and don't forget to take in the view. If you can check for opportunities to paint the "A" for the different events!
  • asegay
    asegayMarch 28, 2012
    A Mountain is a great exercise for the whole family. Please bring a bottle of water and stretch before walking up the mountain. If you have a camera, I would recommend taking it for a nice scenery.
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca SeymannJanuary 28, 2012
    Great cardio! Up/down 3-5 times, run, squat, walk it backwards.
  • Jenn
    JennNovember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you are here for your geology lab the meeting spot is in the back, not the normal trail entrance. Good luck :-)
  • Arizona State University
    Arizona State UniversitySeptember 13, 2011
    Enjoy an amazing view of Tempe once you reach the top.
  • Dan T.
    Dan TurbyfillAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Get caught vandalizing the "A" pay $2,500 or up to 6 months jail time. The Butte is a preserve on the national registry.
  • Arizona State University
    Right after Sun Devil Welcome, head over to A Mountain to whitewash the "A" and signify the start of the semester.
  • Katie O.
    Katie OApril 14, 2011
    This is a great little mountain to get a quick hike in. Ladies beware though! Some of the homeless men climb up there, and some are very creepy. Make sure to keep some pepper spray by your side (just
  • Brian
    BrianApril 14, 2011
    Don't wander off the path, I got bit by a venomous snake once and had to get rushed to the hospital. Not fun.
  • Mia F.
    Mia FeinbergApril 14, 2011
    Hands down the best views in Tempe! Easy hike for anyone, and way worth it once you get to the top. Try to participate in painting the A one year to show your school spirit!
  • Gary S.
    Gary SApril 14, 2011
    Climb up to the top here. It's a great hike and you'll feel invigorated. There's a great view of the city from the top, so it's worth it. Plus, it makes you have some ASU pride
  • Marc G.
    Marc GrahamApril 12, 2011
    Go to the top right before sunset or sunrise. It is such a great view. Great trails to walk up with families or friends. Awesome to look at planes fly directly over you when your sitting at the top!
  • Marquis K.
    Marquis KowasicApril 12, 2011
    If you can't get tickets to the concerts at Tempe Beach Park, then hike up A mountain for a larger then life concert experience for free!
  • Jarred S.
    Jarred SmithApril 10, 2011
    Great view of ASU and tempe town lake. If you are an ASU student you have to climb A mountain at least once!
  • Zach B.
    Zach BooherApril 8, 2011
    During the Winter holiday season a star, a menorah, and three "wise" men on camel-back are displayed on the mountainside. At night these installations are lit and visible anywhere on Tempe campus.
  • Virginia M.
    Virginia McInnisMarch 30, 2011
    Couple blocks away from the tempe campus, get out early during summer to avoid the blazing sun!
  • Kaylyn P.
    Kaylyn ParsonsMarch 26, 2011
    If you're looking for a short, but steep hike, try "A" Mountain. The hike takes less than an hour and you get an awesome view of Tempe! I suggest going early in the morning to beat the AZ heat!
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SMarch 14, 2011
    At the beginning of each school year, it is painted white to commemorate the new class of students at ASU. During homecoming, there is also a lantern walk. It's a great place to see the city of Tempe.
  • Mercedes A.
    Mercedes AmadorMarch 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Looking for a real workout? Try running rather than walking up the trail.
  • Arizona State University
    Arizona State UniversityFebruary 24, 2011
    Fun fact: In 1952, a bomb blast destroyed the letter "A" on the mounatin. The present "A" stands 60 feet tall and was built of reinforced steel and concrete in 1955.
  • Augie B.
    Augie BobikFebruary 23, 2011
    Hike the blacktop trail, amazing exercise! Lots of ties to ASU traditions too! Latern walk and white wash the A to name a few.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KayFebruary 22, 2011
    This is a great quick hike and something that all students should do before graduating. The view is awesome and does not require much of a time commitment. Painting the 'A' is a freshman tradition
  • Dan T.
    Dan TurbyfillFebruary 13, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    It is illegal to paint the 'A' without a permit.
  • Abby V.
    Abby VesterNovember 12, 2010
    Take the hike up to the top. It is short and the view is always great. I recommend doing it with a friend and then getting a refreshment at the Starbucks on Mill after. So refreshing and fun.
  • Jorge S.
    Jorge SalazarNovember 11, 2010
    Take a refreshing hike up the mountain and relax taking in a perfect view of the city . The "A" changes colors throughout the year.
  • Lyndsey L.
    Lyndsey LaGregoNovember 11, 2010
    Went up north side of mountain for geology class. Refreshing hike. Fun fact: The mountain is made up of maroon and gold rock. How awesome is that?
  • Holly H.
    Holly HesterOctober 25, 2010
    This is a great place to go if you are looking to go on a quick hike right around campus. My dog loves hiking here. It has such gorgeous views of the city! I love the slight challenge it offers too.
  • Annemarie B.
    Annemarie BelterOctober 13, 2010
    This mountain is close to campus and offers a quick and not too strenuous hike. It is paved most of the way and there are steps you can take to the top where you can get a great view of Phoenix.
  • John D.
    John DiacokerSeptember 12, 2010
    From Beach Park lot, 5 summit ascents are almost exactly equivalent to Camelback mtn in hike distance AND elevation!
  • Plwh S.
    Plwh StylemeisterSeptember 1, 2010
    i love the great outdoor =)
  • Arizona State University
    Check throughout the year for chances to paint the "A."
  • Mack H.
    Mack HuffAugust 26, 2010
    Go to the very top (above the a) at sunset or at night!
  • Megan
    MeganJuly 8, 2010
    Check out the 'a'! It changes colors!
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