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New Year's Day 2013 - National Trail at South Mountain

  • Jan 1, 2013 · 7:30 AM
  • South Mountain Park - Main Entrance

National Trail South Mountain Park/Preserve Phoenix Join us as we start off the NEW YEAR in the best way we know how…on the trail!

Trail Length: 15 miles (estimate)

Elevation: 1,500 ft – 2,500 ft

Trail Composition: Compacted dirt, sand, loose rock, boulders, bedrock. It has it all!

Difficulty: MODERATELY-DIFFICULT (grade) to DIFFICULT (length) to STRENUOUS (distance & time)

Hike Time: 5-7 hours

Shuttle Time: 30 min each direction

ATTENTION: This hike is rated MODERATELY-DIFFICULT to STRENUOUS and requires a greater level of fitness and is NOT RECOMMENDED for beginners . Please evaluate your 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. We will begin our hike from the EAST END at the Pima Canyon Trailhead and trek to the WEST END toward the San Juan Trailhead. We will also take a side trip to Fat Man’s Pass along the way. Those not wishing or able to complete the length of the National Trail may depart via the Mormon Trail junction. Depending upon the number of participants, we will utilize one of two options...SHUTTLE dropping vehicles at the West end and driving to the East end (estimated drive time: 25 minutes).

Shuttle vehicles will meet at the West end parking area at 6:45am. NOTE: VOLUNTEER SHUTTLE DRIVERS ARE NEEDED! If you or someone you know is not interested in the hike but willing to drive shuttle, please have them contact Cindy-B directly via this site. Please and thank you!

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 will 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.

What to Bring: WATER (3-4 liters), snacks, lunch, sunscreen, hat, and camera (optional).

Carpool:TBA

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  • Russ

    Apologies, i have been out of town, and missed the discussions. I am thoroughly confused trying to understand where we are starting.... I will be awake at 6am, if someone can call me to let me know at[masked] I will join in... otherwise, have a good hike!

    December 31, 2012

  • Cindy-B

    Sorry Robert, I didn't see your post until too late! did the usual monday night hike! :) Happy New Year to you also! :)

    December 31, 2012

  • Anne

    Janet will be at 48th St. to shuttle, I will be at the Y junction at 6:45

    December 31, 2012

  • Robert

    Sorry Cindy gonna pass on this. Happy New year!!

    December 31, 2012

  • Robert

    I am confused where and when should I meet you? I thought we all were going the same direction.

    December 31, 2012

  • Robert

    Cindy I was planning to meet you at 48th St. I have an x-terra if you need help.

    December 31, 2012

  • Cindy-B

    Can I ask for which direction you each plan to hike? it will be easier to set up the shuttles! thanks

    December 31, 2012

  • Anne

    I can still help with shuttling Cindy! I can accommodate 4 drivers in my vehicle. Send me the details, where you want me and what time!

    December 30, 2012

  • Cindy-B

    I wanted to change the hike up this year. Thus the hike West to East! The San Juan Rd will not be open to the Ramada. We will hike either the Bajada trail or the road to connect with the National trail. This will add some mileage. I am trying to have a vehicle at Telegraph Pass for those that need to stop at this point. It is the half way mark!

    December 31, 2012

  • Cindy-B

    Actually I plan to hike west to east on the national this year. We usually meet at the San Juan junction of the summit rd. I hope to have a car parked at the telegraph pass area for those that want to bail at the half way point.

    December 30, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Similar to Brian I will hike at a reasonable pace. Would all of us wait for the whole group to get back prior to shuttling back or will we have a faster and slower pace shuttle group? Would we start the hike on the east end as provided in the description above or the west end as stated in your post?

      December 30, 2012

    • Cindy-B

      We can break into two groups if there are enough who want to go east to west. I have no problem with that, just be sure you know the trail!

      December 31, 2012

  • Russ

    I've done 7 mile hikes.... so this will be a challenge more for the distance. I won't be fast either....

    December 25, 2012

  • Brian

    I plan to hike at a reasonable pace and enjoy the New Year. Quick question: are we meeting up at the East End?

    December 24, 2012

  • Cindy-B

    I will possibly be one of the slower hikers as I have not hiked for 2 months!

    December 24, 2012

    • Elise r.

      Did I hike with you at white tanks? I will be slow with you!

      December 24, 2012

  • Cindy-B

    our paces vary! I will not leave til the last hiker has finished! :)

    December 14, 2012

  • Carmen

    I have the same question as Caroline. Not concerned about the distance, would like to get a sense of the pace.

    December 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Before I sign up, I have to know if a slow and steady hiker will be too slow for those doing this hike. And when I say slow, I'm referring to 2mi/hour, and 1-2 min breaks max going up steep hills every[masked] feet, depending on incline. Moderate inclines I am good to keep going until short break after reaching the top. I am not worried about completing the trail as I just completed a 12 mile trail, just worried ppl will get pissed off at me and/or ditch me. Looking forward to some input.

    November 25, 2012

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