National Trail at South Mountain

National Trail @ South Mountain

Elevation: 1,400 ft

Distance: 14.9 miles

Accumulated Elevation Gain: Approximately 2,834 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

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!

Beth aka/Humble

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike. Everyone, Thanks for waiting for me..

    January 6, 2013

  • Robert

    I will volunteer my car for shuttle but I take my time an see a lot of fast hikers on this.

    January 2, 2013

    • Robert

      Could you tell me an exact address on the shuttle drivers meeting location. I am having a hard time pinpointing this on the South Mountain website. Think I have it per mapquest but want no mistakes. Thank You.

      January 4, 2013

    • Beth

      Just meet us at the entrance of South Mtn just past what looks like a check in booth. I drive a light blue Hyundai Accent.

      January 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will we be starting on time? As we have evidenced more often than not, we have those who run 10 and 15 minutes late. Is there going to be an absolute departure time for the start?

    January 4, 2013

    • Beth

      Hi Paul, My goal is to start at 8:15 am....but no later than 8:30.

      January 4, 2013

  • Jeff W.

    I am still committed to my offer to carpool, I just never replied to your post (didn't think I needed to), do you still need me to meet you at the San Juan y?

    January 4, 2013

    • Beth

      No....don't need any more shuttle drivers...but thanks for the offer. See you at Puma @ 8:00 am

      January 4, 2013

  • Beth

    I will meet Robert, Leticia & Warner @ entrance of South Mountain Park and we will drive to San Juan Y junction together as it is not clear with the website....if you need to contact me my number is[masked]-0328. I drive a light blue Guns Accent.

    1 · January 4, 2013

  • Russ

    Hi Guys, I live in Chandler, so would prefer to park my car at the Pima parking lot, which would mean I can both shuttle hikers back to the start, and would like a ride from Pima to the start. So what time should I be there (ie at the Pima lot) ?

    I am anticipating I will be one of the slower hikers... especially needing to pace myself for a longer hike than my usual. I can be reached at[masked] 7730.

    See you Saturday !

    January 3, 2013

    • Beth

      Hi Russ, shuttle drivers will be driving hikers back to Puma. The rest of the hikers will be parking at Puma for start of hike.

      January 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hell, does everybody need to be emailed about Russ' concerns ? Or is there a way to not receive these emails? Warner

      January 4, 2013

  • leticia

    Ok I will look up where I drop off my car today. To make sure I'm clear. I drop off car at shuttle, begin my hike with u all untill shuttle location. MY hike will end and I take who ever wants to go with me to 48 st. thanks Leticia

    January 2, 2013

    • Beth

      Yes, that is correct. Thanks again! :)

      January 2, 2013

  • Beth

    I now have 3 shuttle volunteers. It would be greatly appreciated if 1 more of you could volunteer! Please let me know as soon as possible! Thanks in advance!

    January 2, 2013

  • Mona

    Parking can be difficult at the Pima Canyon place. I'm at Baseline and Dobson and am happy to carpool with anyone else in the same relative area.

    January 2, 2013

  • leticia

    Beth I could be a shuttle but only have room for 3 plus me. I,s the shuttle for people that do not want to hike the entire 14 miles? I will email you not sure were this shuttleplace Is.

    January 1, 2013

    • Beth

      I'm meeting shuttle drivers at the San Juan Y ending point @ 7:15 am. You can lookup the location online with main South Mountain website. It would be great if you can! Let me if you're still interested. Thanks!

      January 2, 2013

    • Beth

      And I will be driving shuttle drivers to the starting point to hike with the rest of the group.

      January 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beth, I am willing to be a shuttle driver, but the road to San Juan was closed at the Y when I road up South Mtn this last Saturday. I'm some what new to this area, and I'm not sure I'm on the same page. If it is closed this Saturday, then I presume we will meet at the Y? Warner

    December 31, 2012

    • Beth

      Warner, the Main entrance to South Mtn is closed for Silent Sunday every 4th Sunday, but the San Juan road will be open to vehicles on Saturday Jan 5. I got your msg...and will try contacting via phone.

      December 31, 2012

  • Beth

    I have 1 volunteer to be a shuttle driver, I will need at least 2 or more volunteers with available seats of 5 or more. Volunteers will need to meet me @ San Juan Trailhead @ 7:15 am. Please let me know if you are interested. *Note to all volunteers: I will have a drink of your choice waiting at the end of the hike. My contact number is listed above. Thank You! Beth :)

    December 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The west end/San Juan point isn't open all weekends ... be sure it is open for this hike. Also, I've done this hike several times and I would consider it difficult because of the length and elevation gain :-) Just don't want folks to get in over their heads.

    December 9, 2012

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