South Mountain Trails (Desert Classic Trail)

MODERATE 179 reviews
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South Mountain Trails (Desert Classic Trail) is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, Arizona 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.

DISTANCE
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
764 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

washed out

4 days ago

really nice trail...
just dont do it in summer...
lol

11 days ago

Nice in-town trail, very crowded. Would be great for trail running or walking a dog.

22 days ago

As for my first hike in foir years it was challenging. The trails are well maintained and the inclines are challenging for new hikers.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, definitely a workout 

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. Many connecting paths and intersections that allow you to moderate the difficulty.

We did run into a rattler by the power line at night. Make sure to remember the difference between the buzz of the lines and the sound of the snake!

mountain biking
5 months ago

This was a great trail. It wasn't too hard and wasn't too easy

9 months ago

Not hard

9 months ago

good running trail.

trail running
10 months ago

Good run.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice hike,,, will come again

hiking
10 months ago

Very nice! A lot of variety of trails!!!! A lot of people, but so many different trails to take if you choose to get away from traffic. Lovely views!

hiking
10 months ago

It was fun. My first hike in a year by myself and I enjoyed every second !

10 months ago

I would say easy to moderate. More easy, less moderate. If you start on Central ave, it starts off steep but eventually flattens out after about a mile. Starting on 48th street is much easier.

11 months ago

nice views. pretty easy.

11 months ago

Beautiful views!!! Awesome trails!!!

11 months ago

I liked it

hiking
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Great trails for beginners and kids, with a few moderate trails for those looking for a little challenge. I explored this trail to scout it out b4 bringing my wife and kids. Great north and west facing city views with downtown phoenix seemingly at your feet.
As a parent, im always looking for trails like these that my 5yr old can enjoy without getting too gassed, and one that i can comfortably backpack my 1yr old without too much stress on dear old dad. My family and i are planning to go back next weekend to enjoy some of the easier trails together

hiking
Saturday, January 14, 2017

when there aren't a ton of people it's a super enjoyable hike.
once you get about a mile in, at certain points, you feel like you're not close to a city. it's wonderful.

hiking
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Fabulous hiking and breathtaking views!

hiking
Monday, January 09, 2017

Great place to hike! So many trails for all skill levels.

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