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Reviewed May 29, 2019

If you love short, steep, rocky trails, then South Mountain Park is for you. It's a huge park that's over 15 miles in length from north to south and lies 30 minutes or less from Phoenix or Scottsdale. It rests on over 16,000 acres. For easy starters, ride the classic route Desert Classic. It's 9 miles 1-way and features rolling, small hills, with sinewy turns and 3 small walls near the southern end. Another easy loop(s) are the East and West loops. The East Loop has a fun rock garden that will test your sense of balance on the bike. BC Trail runs along the high power lines, call it EMF Plenty Trail, and has interesting ascents and descents on rocky, cracked-rock terrain. Ridgeline provides tall, steep, loose and rocky climbs/descents that are thrilling and not for the faint of heart. Then, the creme de la creme, Mormon Loop and National Loop/Trail, which have rocky drops, and National Loop ends on a long, winding descent with spectacular scenery, if you ride it counter-clockwise. The desert flora is sparse, but the beauty of the trails shines and attracts bikers, hikers, and runners from around the country. The newly updated facilities have bathrooms and running water and places to relax, out of the sun. I've ridden South Mountain Park the past 3 years and try to visit the park at least 3-4 times per week.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 26, 2019

I was brought up here by family while visiting. Nice easy but, windy drive up. Lots of cactus to look at. Cool lookout building at the top and hiking trails. At the lower levels there is a cool rock type building to look at and walk through.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 24, 2019 via mobile

Beautiful drive to top. Forst stop is some cool old structures, then the visitor center. Wind up the mountain for spectacular views od Phoenix. Worth the drive.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank 206Steve
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Reviewed May 1, 2019

Very nice visit with easy car access to the top of the mountain. Easy to go with kids and family. Nice views.

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank gccotta
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Reviewed May 1, 2019

We set around 6pm on a Sunday evening to see panoramic views of the city. Our hike was not strenuous at all. Once we got to the top, the views of Phoenix were outstanding. If you don't want to hike very far, I definitely recommend you go here.

Date of experience: April 2019
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