The Sears-Kay Indian Ruins are a short drive North of Phoenix and great for a day trip. The area was victim to a terrible forest fire in September 2020, and many of the Saguaros were killed. See below for before and after photos.
There is a bathroom at the trailhead, but no running water.
It is one of our favorite hikes, because on the hike you will see the remains of what once was a fortification of the Hohokam culture, called the Sear-Kay Ruins. Helpful signs help you envision the fortified homes. (See the photos below.) The stones remaining from the dwellings are approximately a foot and a half high. It is easy to see the various rooms in the ancient homes.
To get to the Sears-Kay Ruins there is a relatively easy uphill hike if you start on the North Trail entrance. If you continue on the loop, there are some slightly steep trails going down from the Ruins.