South Mountain-National Trail

Guadalupe, Arizona 85283

South Mountain-National Trail

South Mountain-National Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"National Trail is the longest and grandest of all the trails in South Mountain Park/Preserve. It offers sweeping city vistas, secluded desert valleys, interesting rock formations, ancient Hohokam petroglyphs, historic abandoned mineshafts, and an all-day hike to delight hardy outdoors enthusiasts.

National Trail, the longest trail in the park, offers day hikers a complete South Mountain experience. It’s also a segment of the regional Sun Circle and Maricopa trail systems. In addition to being a superb hike showcasing the best features of the park, National Trail is one of the country’s premier mountain-biking destinations."

South Mountain-National Trail Reviews

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The trail guide is very accurate. Trail is mostly loose large rocks (not gravel). Nice scenery and some cool cactus. Start of trail was busy.
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I started on the West end because the lookout is closed most of the time and I knew that when it's open, it would be crowded. There's no shade cover to speak of so it's a good Winter hike. A good workout for a day. It took me 8hrs but I took a long break in the middle at the lookout. The scenery changes from the East Mountain. I found it nicer but more crowded. I parked at the East end and was dropped off at the residential area on the West end at 43rd Ave. and Estrella. I wouldn't park there. It seems safe but your car is pretty exposed. Nice scenery and a good 15.5mi workout.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
1,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Gravel, packed dirt, rock
Skill Level
7.5 hours
Gates open 5 a.m.–7 p.m.; trails open until 11 p.m.
1,300 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,500 feet
Top Elevation
City, Views
USGS Guadalupe, Lone Butte, Laveen; trailhead plaque; available at visitor center
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018