South Mountain Pyramid Trail is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenix, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from September until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The directions for this led us right to the trailhead which I always appreciate! The trail is marked well, but small markers so don't try to look for any big signs. The other reviews on here said it was a steady incline and they were definitely right. Bring plenty of water, especially on hot days! If you go in the summer like we did, go EARLY! Get there before sunrise, no joke. There's not much shade on the trail once the sun is high, just a few spots and they felt pretty far from each other. We hiked just over 6 miles on this trail and didn't see too many people but it was August. I'm sure it's busier when it's not 100 degrees out. Got some pretty views of the city, but it's better for a workout than trying to look for gorgeous views. Definitely enjoyed this one though!
Great. My body so soar after 7.99 miles hike. It was totally worth to push ourselves. Hubby and i made it to the top.
This was a great, satisfying hike. Flat for the 1st mile, then a steady incline. I am somewhat out of shape, so the incline really kicked my butt, but it was totally worth it to push myself and make it to the top. Even Happy the dog was dragging by the end... He won't listen when I tell him every step doesn't have to be retraced and run twice at breakneck speed. Go before dawn; beat the rush and you'll get the shady side of the mountain, for the most part.
great hike....start early
His is a good moderate hike. There is always ample parking at the trailhead, and aside for on fork in two, the trail is well marked. Keep right at the unmarked fork.
The trail starts relatively flat for the first mile. It had nice views of desert and wildflowers in spring. Once the trail begins to climb,it becomes more difficult.
There are a number of switch backs and steep assents as you hike to the top. Along the way, you get great views of the South Mountain, the area South of Phoenix and the east Valley. At the top, you are rewarded with fantastic views before turning around and returning.
Total hike time: 2 hours.