National Trail

MODERATE 25 reviews
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National Trail is a 15.2 mile lightly 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 accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

15.2 miles
2066 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers





This remote trail runs the length of South Mountain. Bring plenty of water as this is a long hike. Lots of rocks and no water on this trail.

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trail running
10 months ago

Good hike/ run. Very rocky and buddy this past Saturday. But a great workout for the day with the hills and elevation

Friday, December 02, 2016

Monday, November 07, 2016

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Completed on Feb 6, 2016. My first hike on South Mountain and was surprised by it's beauty at every turn. The terrain changes as often as the city views. Completed "Coast to Coast" in just over 6 hours and registered 17 miles on my tracker. Perfect time of year for this type of hike. Will keep it as a tradition.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

this is a great hike to push your endurance. there is NO water available. it took us 8 hrs to hike this.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sunday, January 24, 2016

My favorite stretch of National Trail is that between Bursera and Pyramid, and in fact you can hike these three trails in a loop that begins by going up Bursera and ends by climbing down Pyramid. I've hiked a majority of the length of National so far, and I've enjoyed every step of the way. Great trail.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Monday, December 21, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Well We decided to go from the west end to East end of South Mountain with the National trail. We parked at the Pima Canyon trail head (get there early, or you will end up parking on 48th St an additional mile from the parking lot). We then drove over to 43rd Ave and Estrella and parked the dead end and hike the .5 miles to the San Juan trail head. We continued along the National Trail, stopping for lunch and a few caches along the way. Made it to the end of the National trail, and hiked out to the Pima Canyon Trail head. The most painful part was the last mile down to the car on 48th Street. It was about 90 degrees and we started at 8am and made it to the car at 4:30pm. Long day...but worth it! We each had 3L plus and additional 1.5L and the guy of our group ran out of water close to the end.