Marcos de Niza Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back 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 October until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.8 miles Elevation Gain: 410 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

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off trail
rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
2 months ago

Great trail, however it is tougher for a beginner hiker. Make sure you are prepared. I wore sneakers instead of hiking boots, and it definitely made some parts harder to navigate. (I originally went there to use the National trail-decided to try something new.) I ended up cutting to the desert classic trail and turning around because I wasn’t prepared. Definitely will be back to finish it with the right shoes, and enough water!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy climb along a ridge with views of the sprawling city of Phoenix. Because of its convenient location, it has been loved to death. Lots of erosion.

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rocky
3 months ago

Good trail.

Great for trail running

hiking
4 months ago

lots of people and dog poop.

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no shade
rocky
5 months ago

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rocky
6 months ago

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no shade
7 months ago

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rocky
11 months ago

Sat Mar 23 2019

Disagree with those who say it's hard. We did this as a family hike with 5 kids ranging from 7-16. We had lots of fun and time to enjoy the views.

hiking
Mon Feb 04 2019

This trail is rated as easy and it’s not, there is a lot of climbing up and down with many loose rocks. It does have some great views and I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for a short moderate trail.

Fri Jan 11 2019

trail is a great quick way to get a sample of what south mountain has to offer, but like others have mentioned, the trail should be rated moderate due to the steep inclines/descents on the beginning and end of the ridge.

Tue Jan 01 2019

Great Sunrise views

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Tue Dec 18 2018

Good hike but is actually 90% easy and 10% moderate due to a few very steep sections.

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Mon Nov 19 2018

Great trail but definitely more challenging than the Easy rating it was given.... ithe trek down the last mountain is steep and rocky....

Fri May 25 2018

Beautiful views from the peaks. Highly recommend this trail for a workout. I love AZ trails and the sunshine. Please keep our parks clean and respect all warning signs.

Sun May 20 2018

Great views and a good, if somewhat challenging, workout for the casual/recreational hiker. Keep an eye out for loose sand/gravel where you could lose your footing. This is just one of many trails at the park. Great layout with parking and restrooms at this trailhead. I will be going back to try the other trails.

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Sun Apr 15 2018

Experienced hikers and those in excellent shape won't find this trail to be difficult at all, but it ought to be rated as "moderate." There are four hills to climb, and the first is the most difficult. There are minor switchback trails going up, but it is pretty steep. Each of them are steep in their own right, so don't take this trail lightly. Hiking shoes/boots is highly recommended, but not required. Assuming you don't take side trails (but, I highly recommend you do), expect the out and back hike to take about 30-40 minutes. Pima Canyon and Beverley Canyon are far more popular trails, but this one has SIGNIFICANTLY better views of the Valley and is a better overall workout. I highly recommend this trail for anyone looking for a pretty short but good intensity hike!

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Sun Feb 18 2018

very fun and exciting I'm not sure this should be rated as easy though

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