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The Best Hikes of South Mountain Trails

13,038 Triplog Reviews in the South Mountain Trails
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2.1 mi • 270 ft aeg
Evening hike. Temps started off in the mid to upper 90s around 6:00 PM and low 90 degrees soon after. Low humidity was a plus. Saw a pack of Coyotes along the trail as well as rabbits and quail. Plants have fresh leaves from recent rains. Found where Coyotes had dug into a shallow water hole and amazingly there was still a little water near Kiwanis. Only passed 2 other hikers further in since this was silent Sunday. No car radios blasting. No loud exhaust. More wildlife. Nice.
1.56 mi • 125 ft aeg
Just a quick evening hike with my favorite hiking buddy and my favorite youngest granddaughter!

There was a very light sprinkle during most of the hike. Not enough to be bothersome.

Who knew that a 3 year old with such a limited world experience could talk so much! Non-stop monologue from start to finish!

We hiked up the main road from Pima Canyon Trailhead for about 3/4ths of a mile, then back to the trailhead.

Thanks, Spencer, for inviting me to come along!
13.93 mi • 2,076 ft aeg
Dobbins Lookout via Pima Canyon
The mornings are starting to cool off and feel a little more comfortable, though it was more humid today than it's been the past few weeks. I wanted to squeeze in a hike before work again this week and found a relatively open morning. Work meetings don't adjust with the sunrise, unfortunately, so I continue to start at the same time and end up hiking more miles in darkness as it gets later in the season. I think I was ~four miles in before the sun completely cleared the Superstitions on the eastern horizon.

With this being a weekday morning, it was predictably quiet on the trails, with only a handful of mountain bikers and a few more hikers near Dobbin's Lookout. I passed a rattlesnake on National Trail as the sun was coming up, and the only other memorable wildlife was an aggressive ground squirrel that I had to chase off a few times when I stopped for a quick snack break near Fat Man's Pass on the hike out...I felt like I was at the Grand Canyon. I'd never encountered begging ground squirrels at South Mountain, but apparently people feed them here, too.

Near the top of the Holbert spur, a few hundred feet from Dobbin's Lookout, I passed a wooden box sitting on top of a boulder on the trail. It had a picture of a cat on the side and must've been the cremated ashes of someone's pet. Why someone would intentionally leave it sitting out in the open on a busy trail, where it'll quickly be removed or destroyed by the elements remains a mystery. And if someone forgot it there by accident...why were they hiking with cat ashes in first place? That was a first...
8.31 mi • 1,873 ft aeg
Kiwanis-goat hill-telegraph
started up kiwanis around 0730
west on national
saw a ranger coming down goat hill as i went up
rarely see anyone on goat hill, or see rangers actually hiking
spent a few minutes up there, then returned on national
decided to get some extra credit mileage and elevation gain by going down telegraph pass
actually a nice combo
something different
south mountain got some rain last night :)
8.31 mi • 1,710 ft aeg
Telegraph to Dobbins
Started up Telegraph Pass Trail with Daniela around 0745. A little warmer than expected, and not as many clouds as I was hoping we would have. Oh well. Headed east on National, then north on Holbert up to Dobbins Lookout. Saw a box containing the cremains of a cat from 2008 just below the lookout. Kind of a random place to leave Fluffy. Retraced our steps back to the start. Sunny and hot by the time we finished.
7.35 mi • 1,665 ft aeg
Lost-Pyramid loop
Cloudy enough to get this loop done without being too miserable. Up Lost Mine, east on National, side trip to Goat Hill, then down Pyramid. Lost Mine has been roughed up a bit from the recent rain, but nothing too bad. Only saw a few other people, all near the trailhead. Tried out a new pair of trailrunners—Saucony Excursion—they were nice, I liked them quite a bit.
9.02 mi • 1,947 ft aeg
Early morning hike with Kelly. We started up Marcos then onward to Guadalupe Ridge all the way to it's end at Eagle Pass. We returned on National through Hidden valley, then over to the Ridgeline trail to complete the loop.
With the dew point dropping to the low 50's the air felt drier and a bit cooler.
Saw two hummingbirds and a few bunnies. Disappointed to not see any snakes all weekend.
Always good to hike with the gecko. :)
9.02 mi • 1,947 ft aeg
met john at pima at 0515
just light enough to head up marcos de niza without headlamps
continued on guadalupe ridgeline to eagle pass
returned via national, hidden valley and ridgeline
nice to do all of guadalupe ridgeline again, although my scrambling skills need some work
saw quite a few mountain bikers on national
enjoyed the lower humidity
breakfast burritos at the original burrito company afterwards
might need a nap
thanks for hiking, john
5.6 mi • 732 ft aeg
I was leaning on my hiking pole at Pima Canyon trailhead deciding if I really wanted to hike today. 🤔 Then I felt the breeze of two people running up Marcos De Niza to a rock and roll cadence! 😱 I believe it was John and Kelly. Good to “see” you two! Like HAZ, you rock!
I took the road out and the wash back. 🤗 Both were in fine shape.
5.62 mi • 203 ft aeg
Early morning hike. Got to the Javelina TH just before 6am and was able nab the last parking spot before cars started lining the entry street. Did a loop going clockwise involving the Pima Wash. Started on the Beverly. Went up and over the hill to the dry wash and then made a left on what was known as the West Loop trail. I really enjoy WL trail. It is a “border” trail. So you only have the wilderness on one side, but the trail is a solid single track that interacts nicely with the hillside. From here, I connected to the Pima Wash. The “authorized connection” has changed quite a bit over the years. Several years ago, before the replanning of SM, there were multiple, well-used connector points between Pima Wash and WL trail. Now they have created a well defined route, with trail markers that hug the sides of the hill. Pima Wash is a decent Wash trail, though not as sandy as one might imagine. Over the years, users have created routes that hug the wall and keep you out of the sand for almost half the trail. Briefly on the Mormon Loop to connect to the Javelina trail which I took back to the TH. Having hiked these trails so frequently in the past, I had timed destination spots in mind. Trying to keep my heart up with minimal running. But it turns out I had to jog more times than not to keep pace with my expectations. Sore knee at the end, but a happy heart.
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