Marcos de Niza & Pima

MODERATE 75 reviews
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Marcos de Niza & Pima is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, Arizona and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from October until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
403 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

walking

hiking
17 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

Bring lots of water. There's no shade on this trail so
I would suggest sunscreen too. It took my husband and I about 1.25 hours to complete. Uphill was difficult but the descent down was easy and some beautiful views.

backpacking
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hiking
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hiking
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2 months ago

My favorite trail when I need elevation to clear my mind!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike! Take water if going later in the morning. After 8am in May, it's definitely needed! Loved the views! Took the incline up through the hills first and then cooled off on the way back! Agree with others comments that this would be great at sunrise!

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hiking
6 months ago

Good moderate hike near town. Great for an after work hike

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Access this trail from the 48th St Pima Canyon Trailhead parking lot- it opens up right to the rest area!

Love this trail! It's my go to each weekend. Marcos de Niza offers awesome views that reward incline efforts. Depending on the direction you choose, this trail can have varying difficulties. My personal favorite is to take an out-and-back approach from the parking lot without ever touching Pima. It's gratifying to see those steep climbs in reverse. At a fast walking pace, this route takes about an hour or less, with the SW leg being most challenging and the NE return being far less strenuous yet far more scenic. If you're feeling beat up after the SW leg, swing East at the end of Marcos de Niza to loop back on the flat, walk-friendly Beverly Canyon Trail. The easiest way to see the beauty of Marcos de Niza without all of the work is to access it via Beverly Canyon.