Go Mountain Biking or Hiking in South Mountain Park

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Scenery at South Mountain ParkSouth Mountain is a wildly popular inner city park for many reasons.  It is the largest municipal park in the country, and even though you know you are surrounded by the buildings and streets of Phoenix, you will feel like you are in the middle of the wilderness. 

The trail crosses a washWith 51 miles of trails, beginners and pros alike will be able to find a great route. There are trails that climb steeply to look out points and trails that wander serenely through the desert.  Most of the trails are wide, clearly marked, and ranked from easy to moderate.  A few trails are have narrow and rocky places and/ or short, steep climbs.  Do watch out for rattlesnakes and bees.  Although they rarely trouble hikers they do live here and should be avoided.  Anytime you hike in Arizona you should carry plenty of water and tell someone where you are going and when you will be back.

There are two starting points, one off of Central Ave into the north side of South Mountain and one off of 48th Street into the south side of South Mountain. There is a lot of parking at both locations but these trails are so popular you may not be able to park near the trail head if you go on a weekend. There are multiple trails at both locations. You will probably want to choose a trail before you go and print a map to take with you.

A trail climbing a hill in South Mountain Park
We've hiked here many times.  Our pictures in no way do justice to this beautiful park.  If you like hiking or mountain biking, plan a date here!  You will be glad you did.

The trails are open from 5 am to 11 pm. For  directions to the parking areas and information about the trails and facilities as South Mountain, visit the Phoenix Parks and Recreation website.

Looking back towards the trailhead

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