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Ridgeline Trail - South Mountain, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > South Mtn
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 0.82 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,476 feet
Elevation Gain 235 feet
Accumulated Gain 283 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 1.76
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5  2019-09-02
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johnlp
2  2019-08-26
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trekkin_gecko
6  2019-07-07
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johnlp
6  2019-06-24
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trekkin_gecko
4  2019-03-20
Hidden Valley from Beverly Canyon
rayhuston
4  2019-02-09
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2  2019-02-03
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4  2019-02-03
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Author trekkin_gecko
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Location phoenix, az
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by trekkin_gecko

Ridgeline trail connects Beverly Canyon trail with Javelina trail on South Mountain. From Beverly heading west, it climbs up a ridge between Pima Canyon to the south and Javelina to the north. There are enough elevation changes to entertain.

I find the higher trails in the park far more interesting, providing great views. From Ridgeline, you can see Ahwatukee to the south, and all of Phoenix to the north. You can also see Guadalupe ridge across Pima canyon, along with a layout of the trails below, especially on the western end. Javelina, Mormon Loop, National, the dirt road, Pima and some use trails up to Guadalupe ridge are all visible.

In the spring, you can often find the northern slopes carpeted with poppies. The trail is rocky and steep in places, smooth sailing at other times. Ridgeline is part of one of my favorite loops: Javelina-Ridgeline-Beverly Canyon.

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2013-05-25 trekkin_gecko

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    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
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    Most recent of 47 deeper Triplog Reviews
    Ridgeline Trail - South Mountain
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    Beverly-ridgeline-mormonloop-national-javelina
    afternoon workout hike
    saw my first three chuckwallas of the year
    seems a little sparse :(
    half dozen hikers and mountain bikers, three trail runners
    three of the above had audible music
    don't usually get that on this hike
    saw our friend eric (the guy with the gallon of water)
    somewhat overcast, nice breeze
    65 degrees warmer than my walk on Monday :)
    Ridgeline Trail - South Mountain
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    Turtle sighting! Denny needed to be home by 9 am so this is what we came up with. Marcos de Niza>Guadalupe Ridge>Beverly Canyon>Ridgeline>Javelina>Mormon Loop>Hidden Valley>National>Beverly>West Loop. Clouds and a breeze made for comfortable conditions. Rolled in at 0855. :)
    Ridgeline Trail - South Mountain
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    As warm as it's been I decided to do a SM hike this morning while it was still cool. It also gave me a chance to check out the "upgrades" at Pima Canyon TH to see what a million of our tax dollars bought us.

    The hike was good. Ran into Sam and Britt where the Old Man and the Guadalupe trails meet. They were out for a loop hike using Old Man and the Corona de Loma.

    About an 1/8 of a mile from Buena Vista parking lot a group of 30 some hikers came down the trail towards me. I immediately did a 180 to head back, ahead of the group.
    Ridgeline Trail - South Mountain
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    Beverly-ridgeline-mormonloop-national-javelina
    intended to do the rehab hike but felt fine enough to do the full figure eight
    nice day to hike, bike, play golf or tennis; just be outside :)
    stopped for late lunch at los taquitos on the way home
    probably posted enough photos of the street taco plate so i didn't take one today


    Ridgeline Trail - South Mountain
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    Beverly-ridgeline-mormonloop-national-javelina
    beverly canyon :next: ridgeline :next: national :next: mormon loop :next: javelina
    afternoon workout hike
    nice temps and a decent breeze
    air quality better than it has been
    lots of hikers and mountain bikers, but plenty of stretches without anyone else

    Ridgeline Trail - South Mountain
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    Low risk hike with the Turtle. We checked out the new still under construction Pima Canyon trail head. New pavement and a few more parking spaces. Seems they should have added a bunch more parking. Looks like a two month project to me not 6 months +. Good times. Thanks Denny. :)
    Ridgeline Trail - South Mountain
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    Beverly-ridgeline-mormonloop-national-javelina
    afternoon workout hike
    beverly canyon :next: ridgeline :next: national :next: mormon loop :next: javelina
    kinda hazy
    Ridgeline Trail - South Mountain
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    javelina :next: national :next: mormon loop :next: ridgeline :next: beverly canyon
    not too many out midday
    not really what i had planned for the day, but good enough
    Ridgeline Trail - South Mountain
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    Beverly-ridgeline-mormonloop-national-javelina
    beverly :next: ridgeline :next: national :next: mormon loop :next: javelina
    just light enough at 5:15
    nice breeze up high
    plenty of people out hiking and biking
    taking the edge off the rest of my day :?
    Ridgeline Trail - South Mountain
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    met fletch this morning at 5:15
    weather looked a little iffy at the time, but ended up being really nice
    some sprinkles at first, then overcast the entire hike
    javelina :next: mormon loop :next: national :next: ridgeline :next: beverly canyon

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    Directions
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    To Pima Canyon Trailhead
    This one is a little tough to locate if you're not from the area. It's near Guadalupe Rd. The issue at hand is there are no on-off ramps for Guadalupe Rd. Instead get off south a mile on Elliot and follow 48th Street north.

    Pima Canyon Trailhead is located west off of 48th Street just south of Guadalupe Road. It's all rather confusing. Your first time just go to the intersection of Guadalupe & 48th then head south. Take the first right and an immediate left into South Mountain/Phx Preserves Park. Follow the access road passing the golf course all the way to the trailhead.

    Pima Canyon Trailhead and Marco de Niza Trailhead are one and the same now. Long ago the road continued to Pima Canyon Trailhead.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 10.9 mi - about 18 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 101 mi - about 1 hour 32 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 155 mi - about 2 hours 25 mins
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