Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Alta-Bajada Loop Day Hike
when Trip Report : January 2, 2021
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where South Mountain Park
the hike     It will be a loop hike at the west end of South Mountain Park including the Alta, Bajada, and National Trails. We will circle the Ma Ha Tuak Range which includes Maricopa Peak. Start at the San Juan Lookout Trailhead at the far west end of San Juan Road and hike east on the Alta Trail, climbing steeply and forever up, then across, the ridge and down to San Juan Road.
    Cross the road and take the Bajada Trail west to the National Trail, which takes us back to the San Juan Lookout. We can go to lunch at Los Dos Molinas afterwards. Required:
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Hiking Sticks
•  Camera
distance 8.4 miles
time 5-6 hours
EC +-1800' elevation change
elevations 1240' (National Trail) to 2482' (Alta Trail)
type loop
starting at San Juan Lookout
on trail 100% — Bajada Trail, Alta Trail, National Trail
rating "B"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
cost The club allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Phoenix
meet 8:00 AM in South Mountain Park at the San Juan Lookout Trailhead.
•  Go to Baseline Road and Central Ave.
Go south on Central Avenue and continue on into South Mountain Park on Summit Road until the turnoff to San Juan Road. The turnoff occurs when Summit Road makes a sharp curve to the left about 2.5 miles after you enter the park.
Drive San Juan Road to the west end, to San Juan Lookout.
San Juan Road is closed except for the first weekend of the month.

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