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Marcos de Niza, Midlife Crisis, and Young Man Trails Loop

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South Mountain Preserve

Marcos de Niza, Midlife Crisis, and Young Man Trails Loop is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.4 mi Elevation gain 921 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

Scramble

No shade

Description
Waypoints (0)
Facilities

This trail is rocky and scrambling is required in some areas.

No restrooms - some parking at Desert Classic trail head

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (319)
Photos (443)
Recordings (305)
Completed (333)
Ellee DeGhetto
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Hiking

Good trail and difficulty. Saw a snake, be careful!

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Sarah Smith
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Hiking

Good trail! Went clockwise and got a steep hike then a nice descent. Started around 5am and got a pretty sunrise view over the peaks. Avoided most of the sun, part in thanks to overcast weather. Decent amount of people out on the weekend. The trail gets a little hard to follow at some points, but the map helps. Definitely recommend!

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Sara Casaletto
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Hiking

steeper going clockwise, beautiful at sunrise

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Carla Barrera
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HikingRockyScramble
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Katey T
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

This was a great trail. The view at the top was lovely. I did scramble a bit on the trial. I got off the trail slightly and ended up doing more scrambling than was probably necessary but I found my way back. All in all, I felt this was more moderate than hard but great trail overall. There was no shade but fortunately it was little overcast. I got there at 5:30 AM as well.

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Chris Rodriguez
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HikingNo shade

Good workout! Went clockwise, got that nice climb right off the bat. Started at 5:15 am only ran into a few groups of people.

Rachel Malloy
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HikingRocky

This is a fun trail! Went counterclockwise, it's a good steady climb

Ashleigh Welko
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky
Heather Foppe
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HikingBugsRocky

Great hike! Good rough terrain definitely good inclined hike, pathed well but like everyone has said keep your map open you can get off trail. We did get a lot of bugs on our way up but the the wind picked up and it got better with them. Hiked at 4:00 pm.

Ali Kean
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Hiking

Great workout. Make sure you keep your map up at all times, super easy to get lost

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Britt Amor
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Ashlee Raye
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRockyScramble
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Renee Hoskins
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BackpackingRocky
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Margaret Waddington
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

Got off trail too much, not clearly marked

Jenny Crump
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HikingNo shadeOff trailScramble

Poor trail markings; definitely keep your app open.

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Sole Survivors
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Great trail, lots of fan, challenging and I’d recommended it. Avoid midday hike as there’s no shade

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