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nice and tough. good hike to do in the morning even later morning, sun is not hitting your face and trail gains good elevation making your heart rate just right. nice exercise.

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

They view were spectacular and the hike was scenic. I completed this hike solo and found great difficulty in navigating it as the trail was horribly marked. I must have spent and extra hour or two trying to find the trail both on the way up and he way down. What can I say, I was determined. I will not be hiking this solo ever again. A group is recommended. I left my fair share of cairns to help those future venturers, if you could contribute as well, please do.

hiking
3 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.

Great hike. Started from the trail head and went counter clockwise. The trail was a typical desert hike until we passed the turn off for the Arizona trail. Then the trail pretty much followed a wash with occasional water though beautiful shaded canyons for the last half of the hike. Also trail/ route not marked to well after AZ trail. If I do it again I’d try it clockwise.

Easy start to a more advanced hike

Great Hike Today!!! Beautiful with a nice trail variety for a hard hike. Be sure to take the immediate Left as you enter (before check in station) or you’ll be driving all over. Bathroom at Trail. Sadly some garbage along the way....

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

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

Beautiful sunset spot!! Pretty steep areas so make sure you wear hiking boots.

I've hiked here twice, once with others and another time with my small dog. Not too difficult if you hike often, though 1 person in my group started having difficulty towards the top and coming down.

hiking
14 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.

First time hiking this trail was in March 2018....beautiful, loved it. Hiking it again on Oct 31 2018 in reverse of the way we hiked it before.

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

What a great hike! We did it with our 7 year old and two dogs. Our dogs are very experienced climbers and had a hard time on the way down. I would advise against bringing the pups, but they loved it.

It you are fit and fine, it's not a difficult hike. I started around 8:15ish. I was able to hike to top without any break. It took me around 45 mins to reach there with my normal pace. Spent half an hour at the top enjoying the beautiful views and came back which took around 25 mins(I jogged for half a mile or so).
The weather was nice today. While going up befor 9 you can get some shades because of mountains. There are restrooms at the trailhead and lots of parking.

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

trail running
1 month ago

NIce trail for practice runs... do it clockwise and you get a nice downhill run!!!

hiking
1 month ago

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

I will say. Beware man cause there are dead ends everywhere. The trail is terribly marked and so easy to wonder off just a few feet and your toast. I’m no beginner and yes it was 4 am and pitch black but I was running circles for 2 hours till I found the correct siphon to climb to summit. Still a killer hike and reckon you plan to get lost a few times if your not familiar with trail.

I would rate this as easy to moderate, but I love riding my mountain bike here.
Most any bike can use it thou.

Such an incredible workout, I alternate from ridge line Nd Beverly canyon to Pima wash to javelina, always exciting!

While the “trail” did display BEAUTIFUL views it was BEYOND a hard rating for me and the group that I was with, and we ARE NOT novices at “hiking”. This was more mountain climbing than hiking to us. The trail was unmarked after a certain point and quite dangerous out a few points in my opinion. Maybe we had gotten “off trail” at one point on the way down but I was seriously praying that I wouldn’t die!!! There was literally nowhere to get my footing or nothing to hold to. It was serious rick climbing!!!

Again the trail was beautiful once we got to the inside of the mountain but it needs to be marked A LOT better and that rating should be extremely difficult. This was a once in a lifetime hike for me. Glad I survived it!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail, mostly flat but you do hike up and over a small hill. Great views, lots of wildlife including a large Mohave rattlesnake. Lots of saguaros. Peaceful.

first time I've gone hiking in quite a long time so it was honestly to difficult for me after the first climb. had to turn around. but I would love to do it again when I'm in better shape. great views and beautiful sunrise.

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.

Awesome experience. Challenging in so many ways, and the views from the summits are worth it.

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

Fun and tough towards the top. Was worth the drive out.

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