hiking
rocky
2 days ago

With overall elevation and distance in the moderate range, this trail combo is approachable for so many skill levels and interests. If you have an extra 15 minutes, it’s worth hitting the second summit, as well. Started almost at sunset to avoid higher temps and made for a pretty evening nearly alone on the trail.

Lots of horny toads and a nice view

mountain biking
no shade
4 days ago

Great for mtb beginners!

Took our pup on this trail for his first birthday. Lots of pretty rocks and wildflowers. It was pretty trafficked because the trail is mostly flat. If you’re looking for a good workout, I wouldn’t recommend unless you plan on jogging or running. I felt myself wishing it had a bit more difficulty but it was still fun to get out and enjoy the weather.

This is a great trail for someone who is not a hiker all the time. We did this trail based off of recommendation a few months ago and it was my first time to South Mountain. Has great views of the city but very heavily trafficked so he prepared for that. Especially on the Pima wash side. Still a very do-able trail and always enjoyable!

Great trail for long runs. Lots of options on mileage- of course, you need to plan ahead. Not crowded. Traffic is heavier on mile 1 and thins out after that. Strategize hydration and nutrition well if you plan to stay after 8am coz it does get hot.

Loop not good for MTN bike riding

It’s okay. Nice for a hot day if you don’t want anything too hard. Poorly marked so use the app to stay on trail. Sketchy underground tunnel to get to other loop. Bring flashlight.

no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
7 days ago

Just don't do it. Pick a different SM trail. Other reviewers explained the problems fairly well but the rating needs to go down for people to be discouraged from this dangerous, totally unworth the effort trail. You can catch the nice views without the lack of a proper path on other South Mountain trails. The name is too accurate. It'll be a crisis if you take this trail.

I’d recommend this trail, fairly easy besides finding the trail near the hidden valley portion. Bring lots of water and go early, i started at 5:50 am and it was pretty hot towards the end.

hiking
off trail
8 days ago

Fairly easy hike. Only a couple spots of incline. Started at 450am and finished at 625am. entered the trail from 32nd st because the gate wasn’t open yet at the trailhead. Will definitely be back. Use all trail app for the map because it’s easy to get off trail with so many other trails in this area.

hiking
rocky
8 days ago

This trail seems to get a lot less traffic than a lot of the other trails in the area. Lots of loose rock and rough terrain will make nearly every step an adventure on this out-and-back trip. Hit it at sunset... hiked by moonlight on the way back, which was a cool experience.

Great hike. Easy trail to follow.

Trailhead bathrooms are still closed.

running
9 days ago

A very nice “mild” trail that is runnable and not too rocky or taxing. I enjoyed this in the afternoon despite the 95 degree heat. There is a segment where the trail goes thru a hillside covered in endless cholla! So beautiful. And the old car at the beginning of the trail is an interesting touch.

Fun trail, great views. It sprinkled cold rain on us which was a bonus (did this trail a week ago). Only thing confusing was the lack of clear signs for all of the paths but the All Trails App came through!

mountain biking
no shade
10 days ago

This one was great. But it is good to note that you need to do this early in the summer months as it gets really hot and being lots and lots of water.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
10 days ago

I really enjoyed the slight elevation mixed in with flat areas. This was a pretty busy trail with both hikers and bikers. Good workout.

Perfect hike for a little exercise and some great views... kind of rocky but not bad. And to the guy in the Jeep that gave us directions and then an orange in the parking lot to top it off, thank you kindly!!

Awesome trail, hiked it this morning with my two boys, age 10 and 7. The gnats that are infesting Usery aren't here, which was amazing and made the hike so much more enjoyable!

hiking
no shade
11 days ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
11 days ago

One of my fav trails to hike

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