This hike is rated INTERMEDIATE. This short hike will take us up the Marcos De Niza Trail at South Mountain then we will go down to the Desert Classic trail and loop back to the parking lot.
We will get plenty of exercise from this short hike and is a good trail to keep those knees in shape. This takes us along a ridge.
2+ liters of water per person
sturdy hiking footwear
This hike is cross posted with Trailmix. Please only sign up on one as it is less confusing for me ;)
DISTANCE: 2.0 miles round trip
ELEVATION GAIN: ~400 ft
DURATION: 1.5 hours
TRAIL STYLE: Loop
DOGS: Yes, if leashed.
FACILITIES: Building Port-a-Potty
Remember, as always YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY.
DIRECTIONS: Follow the Google map link above to Pima Canyon Rd and park in the lot at the end of the access road.
It's a little tricky to find, best route:
From I10 exit 157
West on Elliot Rd
North on 48th st. - pass Piedmont Rd, then after passing La Mirada Way turn left to stay on 48th St.
(Note that last turn is not at a light and can be hard to notice).
Make another immediate left onto Pima Canyon Rd.
You'll see the gate, kiosk and some golf courses as you enter the preserve.