|when||Trip Report : February 20, 2021|
|Trip Report : February 23, 2020|
|where||South Mountain Park|
This hike creates a loop out of the three trails located in the southwest corner of
Phoenix’s South Mountain Park. From the Pyramid Trailhead (1254'), the
Pyramid Trail heads east across the desert for about a mile, before beginning a steep
ascent of 900 feet in 0.9 miles (2324'). The top of the ascent is reached through a
series of switchbacks. Proceeding east, the trail follows the Gila range ridgeline for
a mile, ending at the junction of with the National Trail. This junction is essentially
above Telegraph Pass.
The National Trail heads west for 4 miles, following the ridgeline. The trail is up and down, passing beneath Goat Hill, at 2500 feet, the highest point in the Gila range. Along the way is the junction with the Ranger Trail, coming up from the Park area on the north side. There are also social trails coming up the steep washes from the Lost Ranch area, just north of the trailhead. The National trail is route is obvious, and there should be no confusion with the social trails. Continuing west, the trail passes several old mine shafts until the descent begins to the junction with the Bursera Trail around 7.2 miles.
Up to this point in the hike, footing is good; however, part of the descending trail is on loose scree.
The National-Bursera trail junction is signed and the National begins to descend to the west towards the valley between the Gila and Ma Ha Tauk ranges. The Bursera ascends to a saddle, and then descends to the Gila Wash. Again, there is loose scree on this part of the trail. Arriving near the wash, there are several social trails, one of which follows the wash heading east. It is important to cross the wash (7.84 miles) and continue up the hill. The trail begins a gradual ascent, occasionally turning steeper with some switchbacks. The high point of the trail is at 8.98 miles, with an elevation of 1881 feet. After reaching the summit, Bursera goes down for a short distance, before going back up for a last ascent. After that, there is a gradual descent back to the trailhead. See Map.
• Sturdy hiking boots
• At least 3 liters of water
• Rain poncho
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
• Lunch or snacks
|EC||1255 feet/2400 feet Elevation Change/Accumulated Elevation Gain|
|elevations||1212' (Trailhead) to 2417' (National Trail)|
|on trail||100% — Pyramid Trail, National Trail, Bursera Trail|
|rating||"B" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
7:30 AM at the Pyramid Trailhead: 15200 S. 19th Avenue, Phoenix, 85045.
NOTE: This is 19th Avenue approached from the Ahwatukee side of South Mountain.
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