The 44 trail part of it is awesome, small trail, very rocky, a little scrambling and great resting spots if you like to climb a little. I'm not much of one for paved trails (the north mountain side), but the paved side is a great night hike or easy workout route.
C G. on North Mountain National Trail
Quick moderately difficult hike. Perfect if you want city views and a decent workout in an hour!
I think I would really like this trail but it wasn't what I expected. I've been to the top of N. Mountain before but I got there from 15th and Peoria. This one was so steep at the beginning and I wasn't prepared at all for that so I just turned around and went back. This was my first hike since the weather has gotten nicer so I think I need to build up to that again. So tomorrow I'll go to the other side that I know and tackle this one again when I get a little more conditioning.
Great for kids!! My girlfriend and I took my 9 and 5 year old girls on this trail. Went went early in the day when it was cool, and good thing, because there is NOT a lot of shade cover. The trail is short enough that snacks are not really necessary. Decent elevation (first half, or so, is uphill) and nice views of Downtown in the distance. Overall good, fun, and educational trail. I would do it again. I would also recommend to use the GPS on this app to stay on the right trail. There are a few forks and it's easy to get off track.
Augustus C. on Shaw Butte and Charles M Christians...
Have done this several times and enjoy the hike to the antenna farm and then the backside down. This particular hike is part of the Phoenix Summit Challenge. I did this on 9/17/16 with a couple of friend.