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Hike DeNiza, Hidden Valley, Fat Man's Pass, National trails at South Mountain

  • Jul 17, 2013 · 5:30 AM
  • Phoenix South Mountain Park

Avoid the hot Summer afternoon and evening hikes. Temperatures only in the 80s or 90s in the early morning.

This 5-6 mile hike starts at the DeNiza Trailhead at the end of the paved Pima Canyon Road and goes along the south ridge line to the power lines then continues along the southern ridge line and then drops down into Hidden Valley, up to Fat Man's Pass and then along National and back to Pima wash.  It is a loop.  Sometimes we will do it in reverse for variation.  It takes 2-3 hours so plan accordingly. This is an intermediate level hike with elevation gain of about 1000 feet and total elevation gain closer to 1500 feet.

Rattlesnakes, and other critters are prevalent in this area and capable of defending themselves Please pay careful attention to the ground in front of you and to where you place your feet and hands.

You will be responsible for your own safety, and equipment.  
Equipment: Minimum of 2 liters water (camel pack) sturdy hiking shoes, boots, trail runners. (loose gravel, do not wear tennis shoes) First aid kit.


1. Take I-10 to Elliot Rd, and go west  
2. Take a right onto 48th St and drive about 1 mile  
3. A couple of streets after Piedmont, the road will start to bend way to the right  
4. THIS is where you'll want to turn left onto a small street (S 48th St), if you reach Guadalupe, you've gone too far!  
5. Almost immediately, you'll reach Pima Canyon Rd (on the left), where you'll see a small guard shack.  
6. Drive down Pima Canyon Rd to the end of the parking lot, we'll be at the north shelter.

The Gate opens at 5:00 am in the Summer.

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  • Glen F.

    Sonya and Marguerite -- waited 10 minutes, but didn't see you.

    July 17, 2013

  • Glen F.

    No problem, maybe next week. I do this one once a week.

    July 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Glen sorry just got in I would have to get up in 3 hrs to make it.

    July 17, 2013

  • Glen F.

    If anyone is late, please call me with ETA, otherwise we will wait 2 minutes and 32 seconds. ;-)

    Phone =[masked]

    July 16, 2013

  • Glen F.

    David, it was when C-Bear was hosting the HHH hikes a couple of years back. I liked the expression! ;-)

    July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Okay Glen had to join in... The guy in the photo looks very familiar, looks a lot like me.. lol . How long ago was that taken? I don't remember the last time I went through there.

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ohhhhh 530am....yuck.
    See you there.

    1 · July 11, 2013

  • sonya

    if I can get my butt up yes. been going up to flag each weekend....

    July 8, 2013

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