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Freeman, Roger and Ethel, Day Hikes and Trail Rides in and Around Phoenix, (2nd. ed.), Gem Guides, 2000.
Phoenix area trail descriptions are given to the nearest hundredth of a mile and illustrated on maps.

National Trail

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.
  • 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
  • Weather Conditions
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).

Links: Outdoor USA - National Trail

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Pima Canyon

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. Drive: 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