South Mountain Trails (Desert Classic Trail)

MODERATE 196 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

7 days ago

Mountain Bikers also use this trail, some can be rude but most do not have a problem sharing the trail

17 days ago

did the national trail trek today, 15.5 miles.. pretty rough coming down, scenery is decent, views are better.

trail running
25 days ago

Varied terrain well suited to hiking and running with lots of options and great views. Not crowded at all on a Tuesday before 9am.

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

1 month 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
2 months ago

Great hike, definitely a workout 

hiking
3 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
6 months ago

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

10 months ago

Not hard

10 months ago

good running trail.

trail running
11 months ago

Good run.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice hike,,, will come again

hiking
11 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
11 months ago

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

11 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.

Friday, February 10, 2017

nice views. pretty easy.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Beautiful views!!! Awesome trails!!!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

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

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