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This is one of my favorite hikes in Phoenix, and the Buena Vista trailhead approach will reward us with awesome views of the valley and a beautiful gradual descent into Hidden Valley from above, on the National trail. Total length of the hike is around 5 miles, elevation gain is easy. For those of you who want a little more challenge, we will spend an extra 30 minutes or so in Hidden Valley ... enough time for those who so choose to trail-run the mile-loop around Hidden Valley/National trail. Others can relax in Hidden Valley, do some rock climbing/exploration.
We will meet at 9:00 sharp at the South Mtn Park Central Ave Entrance. Once inside the park, go about a half-mile past the guard shack to a small group of buildings and small parking lot. We will carpool from there up summit road to Buena Vista Trailhead.