Alta Trail And Bajada Trail

HARD 44 reviews
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Alta Trail And Bajada Trail is a 8.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1755 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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16 days ago

trail running
22 days ago

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28 days ago

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1 month ago

Love this trail. I’ve done it twice. If you like trails that aren’t heavily trafficked to give you a sense of being out in the middle of nowhere, this is for you. Once you come over the peak, you’ll be greeted with an amazing view of Phoenix (and all surrounding areas). Highly recommend. Can definitely get to your knees on the way down though.

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6 months ago

the trail to the summit and back is great and is only about 3 miles roundtrip. not sure that the full loop is worth it.

6 months ago

Bring lots of water!

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8 months ago

Moderate to difficult in elevation gain on Alta. Moderate on National and Bajada leg. Difficult in terms of total distance. Be sure to use the Central Ave. entrance to South Mountain Park and park at the triangle/wedge as others have mentioned. Made the mistake of driving out to Laveen to the green and black dot on the map to find no access. Alta portion of this loop is very pretty in Spring: flowers in bloom, vivid chollas and ocotillos. Despite other reviews, was still quite surprised at level of solitude: went on a Sunday at 8am and once hitting Alta ridgeline, saw total of 6 people on way to San Juan Lookout (where Alta and National meet). Once completing Alta, continue on National until hitting Bajada. Minimal scenery on Bajada. Lots of dry wash crossings. May be more scenic after a rainstorm (although potentially dangerous). Took 4 hours total going solo and taking a few short breaks. Would plan on 5 to 6 hours if including a 1/2 hour lunch/break and moving at a casual pace.

8 months ago

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10 months ago

I recommend doing this loop by starting on the Bajada (head west) and return on the Alta trail. You don't get much in the way of views when you head east on the Bajada. Another note, when you get closer to the west end of this loop you, take the National trail. It is what connects the Bajada to the Alta and is about a 3/4 mile little junction.

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10 months ago

Good workout!

hiking
Monday, October 03, 2016