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South Mountain Park

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Address: 10919 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042
Phone Number: (602) 262-6862
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Activities: Biking, Hiking, Horseback riding
Description: This, the largest municipal park in the world, is a popular hiking, biking...
This, the largest municipal park in the world, is a popular hiking, biking and horseback riding trail area.
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A little too much hiking for us.

We hiked up the mountain with a very fit family member. We are not very fit. It was a beautiful day! I recommend wearing good hiking shoes and bring a good supply of water.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Brownton, Minnesota
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Brownton, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We hiked up the mountain with a very fit family member. We are not very fit. It was a beautiful day! I recommend wearing good hiking shoes and bring a good supply of water.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Spectacular view of the valley from the top. The road up there is tight and quite a lot of sharp turns. BE CAREFUL !! Mak sure you hsvr good brakes for thdrive down, too.

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Vancouver, Canada
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Experience panoramic views, and a stunning hike including the thrill of squeezing through Fat Man's Pass and clamouring down through giant boulders to enter Hidden Valley. While there are numerous trails with different levels of difficulty, for panoramic views of Phoenix, drive 6 miles up South Mountain to Dobson Landing. Then continue to Beaunavista Lookout for more stunning views, where... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

South Mountain Park is the largest city owned park in the US. A few hundred thousand acres. There's miles of hiking trails, picnic facilities, horseback riding, biking and so much more. It's a beautiful example of the desert with desert plants and animals...javelina, coyotes. Be sure to take the road all the way to the top(carefully)to both look outs. One... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

A group of friends I went to school with meet up and hike around on these trails every Saturday and I was able to join them. Great place to see and experience the desert in a safe environment not that I care about that because I love exploring the desert but this was a great little place to take a... More 

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California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We were looking for a short hike on a Saturday and decide to go to South Mountain. A ranger suggested we do a trail different from the one we had picked . He said it had easier access and it did. He also said it was relatively flat, well it is until you start climbing the ridge. We went only... More 

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ottawa canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We were looking to do something in the desert and this was rated high on trip advisor. Was a really nice walk, paved paths, signs to describe the scenes. Might be pretty hot in the summer with little shelter, but it was interesting

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is a HUGE park with many different ways to access it. Choose from lots of hikes and biking trails, Drive to the top if you're less inclined to exercise (it's free) and enjoy the incredible scenic views. Lots of wildlife from javelina to coyotes to snakes to all kinds of birds make their home here and are seen often.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

There are trails for every hiker and the best part is it's all free. Take some good shoes, plenty of water, and download the map for the best experience. The trails start at different points within the park so review the maps prior to going. I recommend the Ranger Trail as it was pretty easy.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

To people from away it looks like a hot place, but some of the plants there are almost unique. The imagery that can be had there is astounding at certain times of day or weather. There is the National Trail which is 16 miles long from the east to the north west trailhead. It gives a great view of the... More 

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