Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

awesome trail!

walking
4 days ago

This is one of my absolute favorite spots to go in the early morning as the sun is coming up. The view of the sunrise is gorgeous, and it’s the perfect trail to walk with my dog since it isn’t heavily trafficked. You need to be alert for bikers whipping around corners from either direction, but otherwise, it’s a great spot!

This is a great hike for a workout, but the scenery isn't too impressive. The views of the surrounding scenery was very impressive and worth the trip alone.

This is one of my favorite to mtn bike. Hiking it is too easy unless you are taking slower hiker(s) out to overlook the city.

Amazing views, a little difficult in places where there was a steep incline. Saw a few coyotes as well but they did not bother me. In total took me about 2 hours with breaks.

Hiked out and back on the Bajada to the Alta to the peak. Nice trail with big climb, but path is good, and the view from the top is beautiful. The Alta is uphill for the first 2.5 miles, lots of switchbacks, and beautiful views. Didn’t see any other hikers. Almost the entire hike was in the morning sun. 85-93 degrees in late April.

29 days ago

Nice flat walk through the desert

I do this trail every morning before work, its perfect for beginner hikers or trail runners with easy to follow paths and lots of fun hills. Not a lot of clear signs where trails cross, so definitely check the map before your first time out. Great city views.

mountain biking
30 days ago

This trail is no easy trail. It has many different 10% ascent/descent valleys and gulleys. It is definitely a moderate trail since they have refurbished this trail within the last 6 mos.

Great hills for a flatlander from Houston. I combined the JC and RL with an out and back section of the Mormon trail to get in a 6.5 mile run. I did get turned around a little because I’m new to using the app and the trail markings are weathered in some locations but it’s not like it’s so remote it was a problem. Great views of Phoenix at dawn. The elevation training was good, just enough climb to challenge me but not overwhelm. I don’t get many opportunities to run hills on the gulf coast so this was a welcomed change. I would definitely run the South Mt. Preserve again on future visits.

Great trails in the park! Typical desert hike- bring plenty of water. There are lots of splits in the trail, and it's easy to end up hiking further than intended, and risking running out. Carry extra for your pups, too!!

Mostly flat, easy to follow trail. Good for beginners or to stretch your legs, but not that interesting.

I currently moved from Wisconsin to Arizona with my boyfriend. We love the outdoors, and live about 17-ish minutes from the South Mountains. We saw a Quails, Birds of all kinds, small Lizards, and my boyfriend saw a Jack Rabbit but I didn’t, I’m too slow, I guess. Lol. Beautiful views in all directions. Hiked up to the top peak and saw the grand view of Phoenix city. For sure beautiful site to see!! Also many side trails. There is a building prior to entering that you can get a map from. Also, have a model of the mountain with light up blurb information of each view you can hike and see. So that’s really neat!eill be back to check out the other hikes. We just did the main one and drove to the top. Enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

Yesterday I went only up. A lot of incline great work out. Was gonna do loop but decide to come back down. On warm morning and 1.3 mile incline is too much for me. Concern this as easy to moderate great sturdy rocks. Great view of Phoenix. Did total of 2.7 Miles

Beautiful views of the city. Stunning rock formations. Great trail but be ready to hike with lots of people! Very little shade.

Great workout and views! Loved it!

Didn’t see any dog poop that a few reviews mentioned. Bikers were courteous and I thought the trail was well- marked. Even without the All Trails app, I felt it the trail was very easy to follow and there were markers with M on them at places where the trail split.

It was hotter than we expected and I would definitely go earlier next time.

hiking
1 month ago

It was a nice little hike! Very simple, a lot of biker, nice views.

I've done these loops more than 10 times. it is a family favorite. Fat Man's Pass is especially fun There's many boulders to climb and there are a few places where you can see the Phoenix valley, it's fun to see the airplanes come in at Sky Harbor. Be prepared to scramble just a bit. My husband and I were introduced to this hike by some friends and we will be forever grateful.

Awesome hike! If you are afraid of heights, I wouldn't advise Ridgeline. Took my husband, daughter, and I about 2 1/2 hours to complete but we took a few short breaks. Great views!

hiking
1 month ago

Although the area is nice, it is very poorly marked. We were out to do this trail with our and ended up getting lost and having to retrace our steps multiple times to get back on the trail. There are many trails that intercept and is easy to end up on the wrong one since there are few trail markers past the first mile. Luckily we were using this app and were able to get back on the trail. When all was said and done, we hiked well over 10 miles on what was supposed to be a 4.7 mile hike. Make sure you bring plenty of water and a charged phone

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail, will be amazing when the saguaros bloom! The trail was longer than 15.2 miles. I hiked right at 16 out and back going almost but not all the way out.

Nice and easy trail. You can either start at BC or JC.

hiking
1 month ago

Long and exhausting hike. Trail is wide and well kept. Not a ton of traffic (hikers) but since this is a dual trail there’s lots of mountain bikers, which sometimes tend to be rude. Aside from this the trail is challenging but not too technical. The views of city are spectacular, the rock formations, caves on trail are cool to see. One distinct difference between other trials in valley is the fact that there’s very little vegetation which means limited shade. Therefore bring plenty of water and sunscreen. I also recommend bug spray, there was a ton of mosquitoes which is unusual this time of year. Also, please pick up your trash, I was surprised how much garbage I saw along the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy in technical hiking where you aren’t scrambling over boulders. It’s a nice short loop hike with some quick elevation climbs. Also excellent views as you walk the spine.

walking
2 months ago

nice easy trail when you o my have a small amount of time for a quick hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike. Good views on the valley. A lot! Of dog poop on trail. But would hike again.

Not too strenuous, well marked and easy to run.

Did this one at night and it was pretty cool!

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome awesome awesome trail. Absolutely beautiful terrain. Word of warning-about three minutes after you get to fat mans pass you will come to a big block in the trail, just know that you are going to have to squeeze through a pretty tight gap in the boulder and then slide down a big rock to get to the next part of the trail.

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