North Mountain Trail

photo: North Mountain - typical section of trail. Photo by Jim Walla. Type: Nature Trail
Length: 0.90 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: In Phoenix, in North Mountain Park, near 7th and Dunlap Sts.
State(s): Arizona
Counties:
Latitude: 33.589
Longitude
: -112.06519

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Description

The trail up North Mountain is called the National Trail. The full trail is a loop that goes up on side of the mountain and down the other. One side of the trail is closed and is being widened into a road. However, you can still hike the other side as an out and back.

The trail is relatively short (about 1.3 miles RT). It is also steep, about 700 feet. One section had an average gradient of about 27% for 0.3 miles, so even given its short length, it was a fairly tough hike. Trail condition was not great. In a lot of spots, there are small stones which makes it a little slippery coming down (these can be seen in some of the pictures posted). I would definitely wear good boots and I am glad I brought my poles. Because of the trail condition, I would call the trail "moderate to difficult".

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 1974

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Jeff Spellman
Park Ranger
Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department
17642 North 40th St.
Phoenix , AZ 85032
(602) 262-7901
jspellma@juno.com

 

Photos

North Mountain - peak is marked with a black arrow.  Trail is clearly visible going up the mountain. Photo by Jim Walla.

North Mountain - peak is marked with a black arrow. Trail is clearly visible going up the mountain. Photo by Jim Walla.

North Mountain - typical section of trail. Photo by Jim Walla.

North Mountain - typical section of trail. Photo by Jim Walla.

 

North Mountain - typical section of trail. Photo by Jim Walla.

North Mountain - typical section of trail. Photo by Jim Walla.

North Mountain - typical section of trail. Photo by Jim Walla.

North Mountain - typical section of trail. Photo by Jim Walla.

 

North Mountain - typical section of trail. Photo by Jim Walla.

North Mountain - typical section of trail. Photo by Jim Walla.

North Mountain - view of Phoenix from the peak. Photo by Jim Walla.

North Mountain - view of Phoenix from the peak. Photo by Jim Walla.

 

North Mountain - view from the peak.  Black line marks Piestewa Peak, another National Recreation Trail. Photo by Jim Walla.

North Mountain - view from the peak. Black line marks Piestewa Peak, another National Recreation Trail. Photo by Jim Walla.

Reviews

North Mountain National Trail - February 12, 2018

The trail up North Mountain is called the National Trail. The full trail is a loop that goes up on side of the mountain and down the other. One side of the trail is closed and is being widened into a road. However, you can still hike the other side as an out and back.

The trail is relatively short (about 1.3 miles RT). It is also steep, about 700 feet. One section had a average gradient of about 27% for 0.3 miles, so even given its short length, it was a fairly tough hike. Trail condition was not great. In a lot of spots there are small stones which makes it a little slippery coming down (these can be seen in some of the pictures I posted). I would definitely wear good boots and I am glad I brought my poles. Because of the trail condition, I would call the trail "moderate to difficult".

Views from the top were quite good. Too bad about the part being paved, but it is still a worthwhile hike as an out and back.

February 14, 2018

 

 



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