Explore the most popular birding trails in South Mountain Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Starts out easy, but quickly turns into a good incline. Great lookout point at completion.

Another beautiful hike here today :). Crossed the road to the stone dwelling...great short incline workout!!!

As a semi beginner, this was a great challenge-good cardio as certain parts are at a steep incline. Quite rocky, but definitely doable! Amazing views from the top!

Excellent Trail

Busier than expected. Parking was a little tough, too. Only made it halfway--taking to many notes for a geology assignment.

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.

The beginning is definitely very steep and does take longer than expected to make that initial .70 miles can be quite a workout on the legs and calves to the first peak which can seem anti climactic but it does give a great option to loop back down or keep going on further to another peak or further down the canyon. It’s definitely a moderate to hard hike in the beginning because it’s pretty steep

This is probably my favorite trail. Provides an amazing variety of challenge with nice inclines and declines suitable for a variety of skill levels. The views are incredible especially in the evening. This trail provides access to a number of different trails that provide steeper inclines! But definitely never disappoints. It’s an amazing workout with beautiful views.

Good views of the city easy in easy out

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....

Amazing views and sunset

Fun moderate hike. The first mile is typical AZ hiking on dirt and rocks. At the top, be sure to follow the hidden valley trail (it's a loop so either direction is ok). That trail makes it interesting. You will see lots of people, including young children and dogs. Not a lot of parking in the lot but street parking available a block or 2 away.

This was a super fun hike! We clocked a little over 5 miles. Getting to Fat Man’s Pass was a little confusing and the trail to get there wasn’t clear. But after roaming around for a bit, we found it. Went w a friend who used to liver here and she said it was her fav hike she’s ever been on here! Def would go again. A little bit of climbing

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

Great hike-good views, not too long and challenging

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.

Amazing Hike with Friends.....Great Incline Workout....Moderate/Easy......

This was a great hike. The direction we took made for an intense workout because it was hilly. This is my first time hiking in Arizona and wow, the sun is no joke (it was in late October). Take the water advisory very serious. It was in the sun the whole time but really beautiful!!

Y’all are wild if ya mountain biking this. Overall fun trail.

Im not sure Id mountain bike, but this is a good trail. Nothing undoable but definitely a workout

The Gila trail is not marked. I mentioned to ranger at the end of my hike. His reply was that it is a ‘social trail and the sticker must’ve fallen off’. Great hike. I was a little concerned about getting lost bc of poor signage.

Javelina was a nice trail but Ridgeline was amazing! The views of the Phoenix skyline are breathtaking from the ridgeline high points. I was baby carrying and the hills were tough, but it was a great workout. Definitely would do it again. Maybe I got confused with the switch from javelina to ridgeline trail but you have to pay attention to the posts. We focused on javelina trail and passed the ridgeline trail and just kept walking until we hit all the other trails. Overall, definitely think this trail rated moderate was accurate.

Great way to spend a couple hours. Trail options and great views! Easy trail to walk.

you have to pay for useful stuff

Great moderate hike. Busy trail on the weekends but still ok. Look forward to hiking it again later this week.

30 days ago

Loved the solitude. Not too crowded. Beautiful views, great exercise.

Great hike with beautiful views and cool rock formations.

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.

Love this trail!

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