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PHX - South Mtn Light Map

quick hike

short and sweet

was fun... easy for an out of shape dog

This map is NOT of Max Delta. It is part of Max Delta, however that is not the trailhead, and if you follow this you will find you end MD and go onto two other trails. The trailhead to Max Delta actually starts much further away at the South Mountain Park/Preserve - Ranger Station and is a point to point trail that ends at the San Juan parking lot. Following this map you then cross the lot and take the last part of the Bajada trail to where it meets up with the ranger tail and back to the ranger tail parking lot. Then you can follow this map that wanders through picnic areas where you can meetup with the first part of the MD trail you were on so you can get back to the trailhead, or meetup with the road that is outside the ranger trailhead and take that partway back to where you can meetup the actual trail again, or just stay on it past the ranger station and take the road all the way back to the trailhead. If you actually start Max Delta where it actually starts and then follow this path around you will end up doing a little over 6 miles. Here is the actual trail map. https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.phoenix.gov/parkssite/Documents/PKS_NRD/062879.pdf&sa=U&ved=2ahUKEwjw9syJ0-7eAhUJx58KHYfJA7UQFjADegQICBAB&usg=AOvVaw2nrt04o5okdZlFH8Rbf_JM

This trail has great views, but appears to have gotten even rockier over the summer. Definitely doable, but watch your feet.

Awesome Incline training today for PHX4 Summit Challenge 2018!

I hiked this with three of my kids ages 7, 9 and 11. We are beginning hikers and this was doable for us. Challenging enough to let us push through with grit and make us feel proud of ourselves at the end, which is what I wanted. Nice views! Lots of loose rocks and gravelly areas, some scrambling in the steeper moments. Will definitely do again!

Hiked this trail at the end of October. The ridgeline featured fabulous panoramic views of the surrounding city and desert plantlife. Best hiked early before the sun gets too hot!

Quick hike. Got a little sketchy near the top (we went right, trail went left), but we made it. Awesome views. Nice and quiet up there.

1 month ago

We didn't like this trail. It was difficult to find the entrance as other reviews mentioned, but eventually we found it. A lot of time spent looking into backyards of million dollar homes. Also, not the most stable of trails (wear good hiking shoes, not trainers). Lastly, there was a lot of very small cacti on the ground, which didn't make it very dog friendly. We ended up bailing on this one, but it was a great day to be outside. Looking forward to other trails and leaving this one behind us.

Pretty cool hike! The terrain was a bit rough for someone clumsy as I am haha but it was true to its moderate rating. As long as you wear good shoes you should be fine

2 months ago

Fun trail! We took our 12 year old and had fun climbing the hills!

Short, but steep hike...good workout, and great views throughout...not advised for children as part of the hike needs to step on lots of small rocks that are on the path...have to be extra careful when coming down..

3 months ago

Super quick hike/walk. Keep going until you reach the top with views over the city. I almost stopped, thinking I was at the end, but thankfully kept going up.

Quite steep the whole way, a very excellent hike for a good leg workout, plus the views are amazing the entire way up. I stopped every 50 feet and turned around to look over the northern suburbs. The view at the top is absolutely awesome, there arent many trails that get you this high up in such a short distance!

4 months ago

The figure "8" on the map is relatively flat. The climb is in a ravine and can be easy to miss. It is marked by a post that (today) had whatever marking that was on it torn off. It was simply a post. In short, look for the second post then turn right. The vertical portion is a descent out-and-back climb with a lot of switchbacks. Be careful on your way down. I almost took a 50' dive because I didn't pick my feet up high enough on one switchback. It can be easy to get "lost" on the back side of the apex. Beautiful 360 degree view from the apex of Phoenix and to the south. only saw 2 people on Young Man portion of the trail. Lots of mountain bikers on Desert Classic. Enjoy!

I think this should be rated a moderate. It’s not very difficult but a good workout. Hiked in the morning & it’s shaded about 2/3 of the way since the trail is on the west side. Beautiful views of the city & the desert.

Fun, quick hike. It’s cool seeing some of the old mines and structures.

6 months ago

Nice trail without a huge time commitment.

Summit is beautiful! ☀️ You can get to the top in about fifteen minutes after a few go-arounds finding the best routes for you. There's a first "top" that is a good turning point if you don't feel comfortable rock climbing. It's pretty steep towards the top and I generally have to use my hands at certain parts, but the views are stunning and it's definitely not very crowded. I'm excited to do this trail in the fall so I can enjoy the sunset. Be careful - there is a ton of loose rock and I'd say the trip down is much more dangerous than the trip up because of it.

Did Mojave today. Wonder about the spelling of the name. The sign on the street reads Mojave but the signs on the trail read Mohave. Oh well, Mojave is Mohave is Mojave, I guess. The trail might be said to proceed along two wings, one to the north and one to the south. The northbound wing is easy and nearly effortless, with just a little elevation gain, but the southbound wing is much trickier, or even downright tricky. That trail quickly narrows, until eventually it is completely blocked. To the left is a field of smaller flat rocks offering plenty of room for rattlesnakes to lay in wait, and to the right is a boulder and other larger rocks blocking the trail, also offering room for snakes. You can climb over if you are willing, but the trail past that point becomes so narrow as to require use of handholds. If you make it that far you probably won't be going back and you are greeted by a final scramble over rocks to reach the true top. Today, after I came down, there was a very attractive girl with a dog who started up the same way. I thought to ask her if she had ever been up that way before but didn't want her to get the wrong impression so just let her go. Mojave is a short hike, but challenging if one tackles the southbound wing. Fun stuff.

I definitely wouldn't rate this as "hard." I would go more along the lines of "easy" to "moderate." There is nothing wrong with the trail, it's just an average trail. The final destination being driveable kind of ruins it since it adds a lot more people at the top.

It was nice at the beginning. Getting steep at around 1.5 mile after flat took few break as it getting steep but windy helps too. No shade nice view. Could not finish the trail because the steep really get to me also hot weather. End up 5.2 miles only cuz I went wrong trail once

My favorite trail.

Good hike. Not overly crowded, but expect plenty of mountain bikers. Most were courteous and shared the trail. I parked at the 46th St Trailhead and to complete this loop you’ll pass through the Pima Wash Trailhead to keep on the trail. You can always hop on the Beverly Canyon trail to cut off the part of the loop that goes to the PW Trailhead & go right to the 46th St Trailhead.

the rewards are the views.

Short quick hike. Good views for a trek you can do in under half an hour. Best at sunset.

on Ahwatukee Foothills

trail running
7 months ago

This trail is great for a moderate workout and can be used for hiking and trail running. My 9 year old said it was challening but not too hard. Some nice views of South Mountain and Ahwatukee from the helipad. I think this will be my new local go-to trail.

trail running
7 months ago

Great hike in the morning with a dog before the heat sets in. Bring plenty of water, there are a lot of side trail options to extend the hike. ** Stopped when we saw a puppy and an owner with no water-- HYDRATE YOUR PUPS! I brought a full gallon for myself and one dog, just to be safe. The heat was already setting in at 8:30 am! **

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