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Ridgeline Trail - South Mountain, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > South Mtn
2.8 of 5 by 16
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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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Preferred   Jan, Dec, Feb, Mar
Sun  7:31am - 5:47pm
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51 Alternative
Nearby Area Water
SoMo Park Circle Route - 1934 Master Plan
SoMo Park Circle Route - 1934 Master Plan
0.5 mi away
32.1 mi
2,327 ft
Marcos De Niza
Marcos De Niza
0.6 mi away
0.9 mi
363 ft
Desert Classic Trail
Desert Classic Trail
0.6 mi away
9.3 mi
500 ft
Goat Hill from Pima Canyon TH
0.6 mi away
18.0 mi
3,440 ft
Hidden Valley via Guadalupe Ridge
Hidden Valley via Guadalupe Ridge
0.6 mi away
5.5 mi
1,320 ft
Hidden Valley via Pima Canyon
Hidden Valley via Pima Canyon
0.6 mi away
6.2 mi
933 ft
National Trail - South Mountain
National Trail - South Mountain
0.6 mi away
14.0 mi
1,256 ft
Pima Wash - South Mountain
Pima Wash - South Mountain
0.6 mi away
3.5 mi
614 ft
Guadalupe Ridge - AKA Midlife Crisis / Scott
Guadalupe Ridge - AKA Midlife Crisis / Scott
0.6 mi away
4.0 mi
1,783 ft
Mormon Loop
Mormon Loop
0.6 mi away
1.3 mi
433 ft
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the high road
by trekkin_gecko

Likely In-Season!
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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    Connector trail - Not Applicable

    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
    page created by trekkin_gecko on May 25 2013 6:22 pm
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