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Hike Arizona: South Mountain
Hike: The National Trail in Phoenix's South Mountain Park is a
well-traveled path that skirts thorny cactus, time-chiseled rocks and has great
Valley views. The trail winds along the crest of the park's dark crags and is
popular with hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers. This is urban desert
hiking so don't expect to be lonely out there.
Description: Starting point 24th St./Mormon Trailhead (comes up by
Hidden Valley on National Trail); this avoids extremely crowded Pima Canyon area
by the Point. End point western most Park parking lot (must enter through Center
Road main park entrance).
- Best Time of Year to Hike: Oct-May
- Difficulty: Moderate, Experienced hikers only please
- Length: approximately 12-13 miles
- Elevation Change: between 2000-3000 feet elevation change
(up and down whole way)
- Special Note: This is a car shuttle
Outdoor USA - National Trail
This is an easy hike along a dirt road that is closed to
vehicles. Children okay (we take ours in a baby-jogger or
backpack because it is too far for them to walk the whole
way). Bring water and a snack to enjoy while we take a break
at the rock house at the end of the dirt road, to look at
the stars city lights. Start hiking around sundown and
return in the dark, so bring a flashlight. Should be back at
cars around 8:30 pm. If there is enough interest, this will
be a semi-regular hike.
I-10 to Baseline, west to 48th St., south to Pima Canyon Road,
west through park entrance to parking lot at end of road.
updated January 14, 2017