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BC to Ridgeline to National to Midlife Crisis Loop

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South Mountain Preserve

BC to Ridgeline to National to Midlife Crisis Loop is a 10.9 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 April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 10.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,007 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

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mountain biking

nature trips

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wild flowers

Really enjoyed the midlife crisis semi scramble up in the rocks. The loop itself can get a little confusing at times but you can find your way back to the main trails pretty easily

Dope views

8.9 mile hike with my 9 Year Old Son today. Totally doable for anyone. We got off the trail twice today, the green from the vegetation blanketed the trail in some parts. We got back on track and finished this hike in just over 6 hrs. Great Day!

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no shade
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1 month ago

I started off 46th street to do the loop. Midlife crisis has a couple sets of scrambling over annoying boulders/rocks but doable. Took four hours didn’t see very many people out there hiked it on a Thursday.

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no shade
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Awesome trail. Midlife can be easy to lose in nighttime. Don't do this during inclement weather or after a rain, lots of rocks/boulder to scramble on Midlife. AMAZING views at night of Phoenix and the surrounding area. Pretty lightly travelled. Lots of Coyote scat on the trail - so don't be surprised if you come across one or two.

hiking
2 months ago

Trailhead is off a little in the app, it is about 100ft east of the 1980's satellite dish behind the building at 8222 S. 48th street. By starting here, you also avoid going across a very active golf course. There was more scrambling than I anticipated on midlife crisis. Basically, if the trail stops at the base of a bunch of rocks, climb over them and the trail picks up on the other side. There are a couple places that have spectacular 360 views of the valley you don't get anywhere else. This alone makes it worth it.

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