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Marcos de Niza & Pima

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South Mountain Preserve

Marcos de Niza & Pima is a 1.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, Arizona and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running and is best used from October until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.7 miles Elevation Gain: 331 feet Route Type: Loop

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hiking
8 days ago

Was a fun hike with great views. 1/2 way through as we were climbing rocks there was a big diamondback rattle snake. Didn’t rattle at us but could have easily tried to bite. Really freaked us out because it blended into the rocks and we didn’t notice it until we were less than a foot away. Then we saw another smaller white and green snake that was pretty upset and rattling. So keep I close eye out for snakes and be safe!

hiking
15 days ago

Buggy

Smoother today at 5:45am/less traffic of course.

Perfect wake-up hike to get your blood flowing.

hiking
1 month ago

About 1/3 of the hike there is a difficult and scary to climb up. Not suitable for senior or family with kids.

Usually not to crowded, short hike with some nice inclines you can run up if you're looking for that extra work.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

This is the trail that got me addicted to hiking! South Mountain has various degrees of difficulty to choose from. Something for everyone! Moderate traffic, slightly Rocky. Pet friendly. Amazing views!

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rocky
3 months ago

rocky
3 months ago

recorded Marcos de Niza & Pima

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rocky
3 months ago

hiking
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rocky
3 months ago

Marcos de Niza out & then the road back. Moderately busy on weekdays but still pleasant to take the dogs. This is one of my favorite work out hikes. You follow the ridgeline for most of the trail; just when you are out of breath from an incline, there is a downhill recovery stretch. The Marcos de Niza part is short but moderate difficulty. The road back is definitely easy.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice ridge line hike, especially during sunset!

hiking
4 months ago

Great ridge-line views of the Airport, East Valley, & Superstition Mountains.

hiking
4 months ago

It's an easy trail for active hikers.. To make it a bit long and challenging start from flat part first and skip first left and keep going to make it a bigger loop.. You can refer to my recording.. There are some breathtaking views on this extended path.. I would surely do this trail again..

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no shade
rocky
5 months ago

up & down trail. not for beginners or anyone afraid of heights. Gorgeous views! highly recommend!

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail! Awesome for dogs and humans alike.

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

We did the ridge line first then ended nice and easy!

hiking
no shade
scramble
5 months ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
6 months ago

Good hike with wife second time in this area

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no shade
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rocky
7 months ago

Beautiful views!! Some traffic but not bad at all. Some rocky areas and times small stretches where there are climbs. Just under a 2 mile hike! My favorite trail so far!

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