the high road
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.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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