Alta Trail and Bajada Trail Loop from Summit Road

MODERATE 13 reviews
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Alta Trail and Bajada Trail Loop from Summit Road is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May.

9.6 miles
1,696 feet

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips



wild flowers

3 months ago

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.

5 months ago

樂 this hike was long. Parked at the triangle, as San Juan rd. Gate was closed.
Bajada trail going west then crossing the road to the north side of San Juan and started Alta trail. Rather long to get to Alta .
Alta trail is pretty and when your at the top to take in the views of Phx and West Valley cities is awesome, but also to see at the same time the valley between Ma Ha Tuak range and Gila range was very cool.
You don’t really get this vantage point with the other South Mountain hikes I’ve done.
The decent on the west side of the trail is much steeper and can see if starting here would prove to be more challenging.
I saw a mountain biker from Canada on the trail and he had to have carried that bike a looooong way at times.
Couple cow boys and Bonita horses on the trail at the bottom. Forgot the name, but takes you back along mtn to San Juan road.
It’s a lonnnnng walk back and if your in the heat, this will get to you fast.

The finish of this hike is what I disliked the most. Veryyy Long walk back, flat and exposed to the elements.

Just my two cents.
Not my fav hike, but worth doing at least once.
Only a few hikers and I did it on a Sunday.
Lotsss of water and snacks.

I’d say hard, just cause of the distance and exposure.

7 months ago

took 4 kids, was a nice easy hike even for the 3 year old

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