Mormon/National Trails – South Mountain Park

Mormon - National Trails, South Mountain Park

Mormon - National Trails, South Mountain Park

South Mountain Park in Phoenix, Arizona is the largest municipal park in the world. Located in the south end of the valley, it is one of the city’s favorite recreational areas. Many of the trails below can be combined for making a loop or longer rides.

Mormon/National trail is one of my favorite trails in the valley. If your looking for a gnarly downhill or tough climb, this is a great, but difficult trail. There are some big drop offs, loose rock and very fast sections. To Buena Vista parking lot at top is about 8 miles round trip. You could extend it to 28 miles, taking National to the end and back, if you are in great shape. The climb is steep and technical. Freeriders can shuttle, but it takes about an hour driving to return to the top. Other great trails like this at South Mountain are Corona Loma and Holbert trails. Watch out for rattlesnakes and catci. If you love technical riding, you can’t miss this one. If you want to explore, take a little detour at the Hidden Valley/Fatman’s Pass trail sign. It is beautiful back there. The picture to the left was taken there.

Park at the Pima Canyon parking lot on 48th Street and Guadalupe. Head west out of parking lot on fire road to the end, about 1.3 miles. At the end of the fire road, follow singletrack to Mormon trail signs and follow from there up and up. Do not follow Mormon trail as it shows on the map where it goes back down the mountain to 24th street. You want to turn south and connect with National trail.

Skill: Advanced
Effort: Hard
Type: Out and Back
Season: Fall, Winter, Spring
Mileage: 28.6

National Trail Photos

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An Arizona native, Jeff has been mountain biking and racing since 1997. A father of 2 awesome children Ryder and Skylar. He is the owner of Excelnet Media, an Internet Marketing company.


  1. I should have read the above description first! Just rode this loop; started at 24th, hike-a-biked to the top of Mormon Loop, came down to the junction of National, then back up. By the time I started up National I was pretty beat, so couldn’t put the best effort into the technical climbs, turning the ride into a great workout with some fun trail riding instead of a fun (but hard) technical climb with a Mormon loop downhill payoff by starting at the Pima Canyon parking lot as suggested.

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