Telegraph Pass Trail

MODERATE 357 reviews
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Telegraph Pass Trail is a 2.2 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 accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
482 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

Easily accessible, short, in-town hike. Popular for joggers and dog-walkers. Short enough to be great for kids, but still offers rewarding views of metro Phoenix. The first mile of this trail is a textured concrete surface for easy walking. The trail then splits off to continue on to Telegraph Pass, or on to The Desert Classic Trail. The remaining one mile of Telegraph Pass Trail ends at the Summit Road, and offers quick access to the National Trail and the Kiwanis Trail within the park upon reaching the roadway. The Desert Classic Trail continues on for about 9 miles through the foothills on the south side of South Mountain and terminates at the south ramada area in Pima Canyon. Some Hohokam petroglyphs can be seen along this trail.

hiking
6 days ago

I used to hike this regularly years ago when I lived in Ahwatukee. I love this trail because it offers cardio, lovely views, and is challenging enough to make you feel like you hiked, rather than took a walk. It's fairly populated but not so on major holidays (i.e. Christmas Eve, Easter morning, Thanksgiving morning, the morning of Dec 31, etc.) That's when I hiked it most, for the solitude and lack of distraction. This is an out and back trail with the last part up to Telegraph Pass having the steepest grade. I don't necessarily recommend this to tourists who don't have proper hiking or trail shoes, because there is a lot of loose dirt and stones/pebbles. But if you have the proper shoes and lots of water, the view from the top of Telegraph Pass is lovely.

hiking
2 months ago

I really enjoyed this quick hike, there were a lot of friendly people on the trail. Bring your kids, dogs, and parents they will all enjoy.

3 months ago

Did this one at night and it was beautiful. Don’t miss the hieroglyphics

4 months ago

Quick hike, great views. Good for family or alone. Not too difficult at all but not too easy either.

4 months ago

Nice walk to some great views of the areas to the north and south.

hiking
4 months ago

great hike! my 5 year old and I enjoyed it.

5 months ago

short nice hike heavily traffic good for beginers.

5 months ago

short very heavily traffic nice views of Phoenix. good for beginers

hiking
5 months ago

Best hike for kids

5 months ago

was a nice quick hike!

hiking
6 months ago

Nice short conditioning hike to Summit Road. Relatively flat and paved to Desert Classic Trail, then a moderate uphill with a great view (and petroglyphs!) to the saddle.

Good easy trail for animals and kids

hiking
6 months ago

Quick hike. Ok scenery.
Good hike to bring kids along with. Lots of people running up and down. Great work out.

7 months ago

Good aerobic hike. Fun to add on going on National Trail to the Stone House.

7 months ago

This was a nice hike. Not to hard and I think it is on the easier side of a moderate hike

7 months ago

Nice folks!

8 months ago

great moderate hike. Will challenge newbies, good maintenance hike for experienced hikers.

8 months ago

Great

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful view from the summit and moderate hike level I saw people from all ages kids to seniors hiking. I look forward to hike this trail again with my friends

8 months ago

great

hiking
9 months ago

Good moderate cardio workout. Bring enough water .Parking is not easy.

9 months ago

Good for a morning or late afternoon hike.

9 months ago

Good start of a trail, starts off smooth and works you into the incline.

hiking
9 months ago

Definitely a great time of year for this hike.

9 months ago

This is a well marked trail. I was definitely breathing heavy but have not been hiking in a year. Great views!

hiking
9 months ago

It is 1.14 miles each direction from the parking lot to the bench at the top. Now, of course, you could continue on from there in really 3 different directions (National Trail both east and west or Kiwanis Trail. And then of course National Trail splits into other trails too) But if you are sticking strictly to Telegraph Trail, it’s paved like a sidewalk for probably .4 miles, then turns to dirt and shortly after that starts ascending. Pretty easy trail though, and short, obviously, if you are just going to the bench on top and then turning around.

hiking
9 months ago

For the area, this was a decent hike. Cool Indian structure, very rocky trail, and petroglyphs.

9 months ago

Nice trail. If you want to do a longer one, you can merge on 2-3 other trails once you have reached Summit road.

hiking
10 months ago

Definitely solid quick hike and I used it a lot to get into hiking shape by making this hike a few times in couple weeks. Helped me break into hiking mode, get my heart rate up and get me into doing harder hikes. Nothing to brag about, hike starts close to houses and so not too pretty but the view on top is definitely worth it. Pretty busy trail at all times in the year even through summer months.

10 months ago

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