Telegraph Pass Trail

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South Mountain Preserve

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

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

partially paved

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. There are bathrooms and water located at the trailhead. 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.

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rocky
10 days ago

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rocky
11 days ago

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rocky
11 days ago

Nice small hike, good start that leads to a decent incline towards the end. You can extend the hike by taking National trail in either direction. takes about an hour in and out.

19 days ago

Nice hike. Good views and experience

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rocky
22 days ago

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rocky
24 days ago

Good rocky trail. Very buggy.

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rocky
26 days ago

For my first hike it was pretty manageable! As a beginner I would recommend. It’s very rock so I would also recommend having some shoes with good grip.

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rocky
1 month ago

Good trail! The views were unexpectedly beautiful. A nice change from the other side of South Mountain Preserve (city views). It was windy the day we went but we couldn’t tell until we got to the top. We went around 4pm so the shade spots were perfect. Not really any wildlife besides a few birds. The cacti and other foliage were pretty. We packed a 2 year old with a hiking pack and it was tough but quite manageable. Nice parking lot!

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2 months ago

Great trail run up and down. 34.53 mins

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rocky
washed out
2 months ago

nice trail for the most part, pretty narrow , be polite and stop and move over when you see others coming...be Kind. was a very clean trail I hadnt seen one piece of Trash witch was nice

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rocky
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

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2 months ago

kuya, jessa and I all the way up

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rocky
2 months ago

3/8/20- Beautiful day for a hike at Telegraph Pass! I actually hiked to the lookout to enjoy the view. Started at 7am and was done in a little over an hour. The trail did not get crowded until after I was finishing up, so I recommend going early since the parking lot will fill quickly during this time of year. This trail is rated 'moderate' but it was pretty easy for me. Overall, I enjoyed this hike and I highly recommend. :)

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rocky
2 months ago

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rocky
3 months ago

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3 months ago

Great nice trail

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rocky
4 months ago

Great quick up and back trail. Very rocky so you’ll need good shoes and even a walking stick would be good for coming back down. Lots of other trails connect to the top of Telegraph so you could easily spend all day hiking. Pretty straight up and not many places for shade so wearing hats and/or sunscreen is a must.

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rocky
4 months ago

A beautiful February morning on the trail. A little slow with a 5 year old but really good. Busy trail with families, hikers, and runners. Well maintained and easy to follow.

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

Busy as always but beautiful day & great weather. Cool weather helped us ascend quickly. The trailhead is well maintained with bathrooms, benches, and water fountains.

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