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South Mountain 620 Trail Loop, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > South Mtn
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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,151 feet
Elevation Gain 1,150 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 14.75
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3  2016-03-26
Gila Bursera Short loop
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6  2015-02-28
Vee Quiva
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11  2013-08-19 RowdyandMe
16  2011-02-20
Ranger Trail - South Mountain
DarthStiller
10  2011-02-13
Bees Knees Loop
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8  2010-12-31 The_Eagle
6  2010-12-31 Tortoise_Hiker
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Preferred   Jan, Dec, Feb, Nov → 7 AM
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  7:31am - 5:49pm
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New trails in South Mtn!
by Moovyoaz

Likely In-Season!
In 2009, the city of Phoenix paid $18 million for 240 acres of state land in the foothills northwest of Ahwatukee known as the South Mountain 620, to eventually be added into South Mountain Park. In April 2010 several yet to be named trails were constructed by volunteers that connect to existing South Mountain Park's trails, and open up the southwest corner of the park to hikers and mountain bikers. The trail names below are not official but are commonly used by hikers and bikers who frequent these trails. The city will name the trails on future maps, and this description may be updated at that time.

In October 2010 I led a group of hikers starting from the western end of the park, at a parking area off Dusty Lane. Please be considerate when parking in this neighborhood. This is an unofficial access into the park suggested to me by a park ranger, since the western end of San Juan Road was closed inside the park. Note these trails can also be accesses from the 17th Ave and Thunderhill Drive trailhead.


Starting from our parking area, we followed the large power line road south .4 miles, then turned east onto an old mining road .9 miles to the National Trail at TP 45. This section of the hike is rather interesting, since it is rarely used except by locals, and may be the western end of the future South Mountain Freeway, which could cut through the western slopes of the park; let's hope this can be avoided.

Once on the National Trail, we continued east, climbing this seldom used section of the trail. If you're tired of the crowds on the eastern end of the National Trail, give the western end a try, and leave the hordes behind. Just past TP 42, the new Kebo heads south for .3 miles, a steep decent to the new Valley View Trail. At this junction we again turned east, paralleling the National Trail above and our return trail to the south. The trail begins a gradual accent of 350 ft, then drops 500 ft down to trails that lead to the mysterious Lost Camp ruins (see the HikeAz writeup), as well as a couple of steep trails back up the National Trail, which we left for another day.

At the junction with the Gila View Trail, we started our loop back west. This trail is the steepest part of the loop, climbing 600 ft, and then drops back down into the secluded valley we passed on our journey east. After about 2.5 miles, the trail follows an old jeep road for .2 miles, then turns northwest for .7 miles, climbing back to the old mine road we started on near the National Trail TP 45. It's another 1.3 miles back to the starting parking area. Total distance was about 9 miles, not including a side jaunt to the Lost Camp ruins.

Moovyoaz
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Directions
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    To hike
    From west Baseline Road and 51st Ave, go south to Dusty Lane (just before the Gila Reservation). Turn left on Dusty Lane (paved) and go south-east for 1.2 miles to Galveston Road (gravel). Turn left (east) and park at the pullout area at the end of the road. Parking is limited to 3-4 cars.
    page created by Moovyoaz on Oct 09 2010 8:34 pm
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