Telegraph Pass is a great family friendly hike in Ahwatukee. There is a good amount of parking in the parking lot at the trail head along with a picnic table, a covered area and some porta potties.
It’s approximately 2.2 miles from the trailhead to the Summit Road and back. The trail is moderate in some spots, it becomes rocky and a little steep in a few areas but my 4 year old and his friends did just fine. Just expect a few extra stops and some snack breaks for the littles.
There is a bench up on the Summit Road and it’s a great spot to relax and enjoy the stunning views of #Ahwatukee.
There is a spot in the Telegraph Pass trail that crosses the Desert Classic Trail which is about 8.8 miles long. It’s a little more flat and a bit easier but there are several mountain bikers that frequent this trail so you have to keep an eye out especially with the kids. We accessed the Desert Classic Trail this last time we went and followed it for about a mile or so. It was a great hike for the kids and there were awesome homes that back the preserve to admire.
There’s very little shade so wear hats, bring plenty of sunscreen and water. Hiking footwear is recommended especially for Telegraph Pass.
Dogs are allowed on both trails but you must pick up after them and keep them leashed at all times.