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North Mountain National Trail

Hiking Trail

North Mountain National Trail

by: Honza
Location:  Phoenix, AZ          Longitude:  -112.0662    Latitude:  33.5857
A great daily hiker trail in the middle of North Phoenix.
Features and Interests:   Plenty of large, orange/brown lizards in summer!
Flora/Fauna on this Trail:
  Chuckwalla  Chuckwalla
There are 2 ways to hike the mountain. Starting off in the main parking lot, following a single track to the paved road OR starting in a small, secluded parking lot which is where the paved road begins (see red and green trails in map).

This trail is a relatively easy hike even though it has quite an elevation change for its length. The road/trail winds up the hill, revealing many nice lookouts over Phoenix, all the way to the towers on top of the mountain.

Beware of heat in the summers...or any time the sun is out :-)
Trail Distance:  1.65 miles round-trip
Elevation:  1460ft - 2033ft   (change 573ft)
Trail Difficutly:  Moderate - requires some endurance, elevation changes
How Crowded:  Often frequented trail
Season:  September to June
Accomodations: (on site)   Toilets  Water  Ranger StationTake the 101 West to 7th Street exit, head south past Thunderbird. Make a right onto E. Peoria Ave which is the exit to the North Mountain Park. Head right in the park circle, parking in the North most parking lot of the loop.Paved road or trail to the trailhead
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Apache Vista Loop Trail   -   Easy : 2.9 miles long : 1690ft to 2030ft (change 340ft)
Pima and Dynamite   -   Moderate : 45 miles long : 2200ft to 2600ft (change 400ft)
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