Phoenix: South Mountain

Test your physical stamina on this 13.4-miler over rugged terrain with wild elevation challenges. The reward: vistas, hoodoos, and petroglyphs.
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Test your physical stamina on this 13.4-miler over rugged terrain with wild elevation challenges. The reward: vistas, hoodoos, and petroglyphs.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 21.6

Waypoints

Wash

Location: 33.3466377, -112.080368

Where Box Canyon trail meets the Los Lomitas trail.
©Rich Rudow

A Blooming Ocotillo

Location: 33.3460197, -112.0573883

Storm clouds darken the horizon.
©Rich Rudow

Scenic Point

Location: 33.3282242, -112.0737152

View down Telegraph Pass to the SE.
©Rich Rudow

Hoodoos

Location: 33.3453217, -112.0570755

There are few places where you can see hoodos in a major metro area.
©Rich Rudow

South Mountain Color Palette

Location: 33.3458633, -112.0801392

Grey-blue skies, pink-orange rocks, and greenish rocks.
©Rich Rudow

SML001

Location: 33.3516006, -112.0699997

Head W on park road 100 yds. to Box Canyon Trail marker

SML002

Location: 33.3516006, -112.0710983

Turn L off road onto Box Canyon Trail

SML003

Location: 33.3464088, -112.0802994

Take L @ Y in wash where Box Canyon Trail meets the Los Lomitas Trail

SML004

Location: 33.3441811, -112.0784988

Confusing section: Los Lomitas trail crosses road here; continue to official start of Kiwanas Trail and begin climb up to Telegraph Pass

SML005

Location: 33.3282089, -112.0737

Go L for road walk downhill, then R onto marked Telegraph Pass Trail

SML006

Location: 33.3228989, -112.066597

L onto Desert Classic Trail

SML007

Location: 33.3282204, -112.0289001

Take L off Desert Classic Trail and head N to the Corona de Loma Trail

SML008

Location: 33.3338394, -112.030899

Turn L

SML009

Location: 33.3422394, -112.0450974

Intersect road and veer L on National Trail

SML010

Location: 33.3385696, -112.0522995

Go L onto the Holbert Trail up TV Tower Rd. to the Gila Valley Lookout

SML011

Location: 33.3312492, -112.0606995

Gila Valley Overlook (2,660 ft.): Panoramas of Phoenix; backtrack to WPT 10 and turn L onto Holbert Trail

SML012

Location: 33.3429184, -112.0542984

Cross Summit Rd. and head past hoodoo rock formations; return to trailhead on Holbert Trail