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hiking
3 days ago

Great hike. Was closer to 6 miles but great views of the valley.

I've done this trail at least 52 times for sure! This is a great trail, love everything about this trail. Could have better parking but I always went on Monday's so it was fine.

Great views of the city. My Fitbit clocked it at about 7 miles. A real fun scale up, not rocky, and not strenuous.

hiking
11 days ago

My Girl and I wanted to do “Fatman’s Pass” off the Mormon Loop, but we couldn’t find it. We ended up taking a random trail down the side of the mountain before the trail turns south and loops back. It took us to a really nice neighborhood. We walked the wilderness behind the homes and saw a coyote! It was beautiful. However, I’m pretty sure we were trespassing, and we never found Fatman’s Pass.

Easy start to a more advanced hike

just did the mormon trail, great hike, will do the loop next time

Great hike with my mom and dog! will do it again.

hiking
22 days ago

Had a great time, not too difficult. Had two dogs with me, lab and Aussie mix. Had plenty of room for both. Trail wasn’t too crowded. Took about 45 min up, 35 down. Saw some kiddos on the trail as well.

Awesome for beginners. I live the views and all the different areas with shade. Great views. Wide trail.

One of my favorite trails- great views of PHX at sunset/sunrise. Moderately difficult.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Gets a lot of use but everyone is courteous.

walking
2 months ago

cool place to watch the sunset. Amazing scenery. you aslo can find wildlife such as birds and wild horses and gators, etc...

hiking
2 months ago

Solid hike and a great workout as there are some steep inclines at times. Incredible views of downtown Phoenix, Sky Harbor Airport, and the rest of the metro area.

very nice, cute little trail. if you have a family with kids, it's a nice outing. beautiful area and nice biking trails nearby. I wouldn't recommend bike's on this trail however. does cost $5 to get in state park.

Beautiful trail.

Great trail. Good mix of moderately steep and flat. Great views as with most South Mountain trails.

This was fantastic for a shorter trail. The super dense woods were beautiful and peaceful.
There are fire rings at the camp sites for anyone who dares to backpack in firewood.
There's a group of five sites near each other in one of the camping areas, but only a couple have good access to the lake for water.
The one site that is by itself (3/4 mile from the others) has access to water and it's own biffy (there's one for the five sites to share).
Piknic tables at every site as well.
Went on a Thursday night and didn't run into anyone backpacking or camping.
Bugs minded their own business.
The bull frogs were VERY loud at night which made for a difficult night of sleep.
I would definitely hike this trail again with ear plugs for sleeping.

Gentle trail accessible to even the youngest children. Variety of environments in a short walk: small tree area, dunes, lake, and big pine area all with the sounds of the ocean in the distance. Watch out for mosquitoes and poison ivy.

walking
4 months ago

Great path, easy to navigate. The campsites by the lake are pretty, we just stopped for lunch. The trail felt safe, we saw a few other hikers with their dogs but it’s not crowded. I have a big dog and he did fine, it’s nice and cool in the woods and he dipped his paws in the lake when we got down there. You do have to pay $5 at the self serve station across the street from the trailhead.

hiking
4 months ago

I love this trail! Great workout!

Really Beautiful Hike. Wasn't too hard at all!

hiking
4 months ago

It was fun we had a group ranging from ages 41-9 years old. It was difficult to go up but easy to come down. We went off a little to the Hidden Valley tunnel then walked back down. Overall a fun hike, would say that it’s about moderately difficult

on Mormon Loop Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Scenic trail with a good combination of uphill and downhill sections throughout. Not well marked in a couple places and it would be easy to end up on another spur. Enjoyable otherwise!

hiking
4 months ago

amazing view at the top with a place to rest. wish the trail was a little wider for the overlook part but overall pretty great. saw my second deer in the park on the way back.

Great trail clearly marked. So peaceful

Great sunsets. Great happy hour!

hiking
5 months ago

Started at 48th st parking lot. Ended up being about 6 miles round trip from there. Moderate difficulty. Not busy, but it is June.

No dogs? Why I thought Colorado was more dog friendly.

hiking
5 months ago

Great little hike. Go for it. Not difficult.

hiking
5 months ago

A super easy trail as other have said. We reached here late in the afternoon and there were very few people in the park. This was the last trail of our visit to Colorado.

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