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Ridgeline Trail - South Mountain, AZ

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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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Author trekkin_gecko
author avatar Guides 9
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Age 63 Female Gender
Location phoenix, az
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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
  • 2020 South Mountain Park
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To Pima Canyon Trailhead
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 somewhat confusing. Your first time, 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 Marcos de Niza Trailhead are 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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