National Trail @ South Mountain
Elevation: 1,400 ft
Distance: 14.9 miles
Accumulated Elevation Gain: Approximately 2,834 ft
Hike Time: Approximately 5-6 hours
ATTENTION: This hike is rated Moderate depending on your hiking ability but for those who are new to hiking be aware that due to the AEG and distance it may be considered difficult. If you are not at a level of fitness and that would allow you to hike for long distances at above average pace, I would not recommend this hike. So, please evaluate your physical ability prior to RSVPing 'YES'. DESCRIPTION: The National Trail is the longest and most scenic of the South Mountain trails. Views of the Phoenix skyline and surrounding mountain ranges, secluded valleys, interesting rock formations, and a wide variety of indigenous vegetation make every step of this trail worthwhile. PLAN: We will begin our hike from the East End at the Pima Canyon Trailhead and hike to the West End toward the San Juan Trailhead. Depending upon the number of RSVP’s, we will determine shuttle arrangements. NOTE: SHUTTLE VEHICLE(S) NEEDED! If you interested in the hike and are willing to arrive 30 minutes early to drop off your vehicle at shuttle location on the West End, please contact Beth directly via this site. WEST END: San Juan Trailhead: The parking area is located at the "Y" junction of the San Juan and Telegraph Pass roads. National Trail crosses San Juan Road about a mile west of the parking area. From there, we’ll take the road back to the parking area. Access this area from the Main Entrance to the Park via Central Avenue. Take the main road (do not make any turns) from the Central Avenue entrance for nearly two miles. EAST END: Pima Canyon Trailhead: Located at 9904 S. 48th Street and Guadalupe Road, behind the Pointe South Mountain Resort.
REQUIRED: WATER (4-5 liters), nutritious snacks and lunch.
RECOMMENDED: Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, camera….
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!