Marcos de Niza & Pima

MODERATE 10 reviews
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Marcos de Niza & Pima is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, AZ and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible from October until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.8 miles 314 feet Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

walking

4 months ago

Strenuous first 30 minutes but scenic on North side, newer Phoenix and short enough to complete in 90 minutes

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1 year ago

Walk this almost daily with my dog! we love this because you can explore new trails daily.

hiking
1 year ago

Great way to get into the trails on south mountain. Interesting hike with a historical tagging of early explorer Marcos de Niza where he wrote his name in the rock. Once past Marcos de Niza trail you have several options, I chose to continue along the ridgeline, it is a solid intermediate hike with good elevation gain and a few good shaded rest spots under boulders.

Rocky trail like most non-biking trails on south mountain, I would recommend stiff-soled shoes.

2 years ago

Without a doubt, I get lost in South Mountain every time I hike it. Tried West Loop for the first time. Trails intertwine and not labeled at the most critical times so I got lost twice. The second time, I got warned off by a coyote from her den. That was the best part of the hike! Overall, pretty easy trail as far as terrain and not busy at all (6:30-8:30am).

hiking
2 years ago

Our third hike on South Mountain. I'm a hiking newbie and wanted to test my limit. This was a bit tough for me as I am not as sure footed as I'd like to be. The view at the top is amazing and worth the effort.

I plan to try this trail again after a bit more experience.