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East National

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  4.1 from 14 votes
black  Difficult from 7 votes
Rank: #2 in the South Mountain Park/Preserve area
#15 in AZ, #257 Overall
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Featured Ride in the area near Guadalupe,
“The king of Phoenix metro area trails.”
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4.77.5 milesKilometers 138’42 m Ascent 2,396’730 m High 5% Avg Grade (3°)
90% Singletrack -1,082’-330 m Descent 1,394’425 m Low 24% Max Grade (13°)
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National Trail continues all the way across South Mountain, but if someone tells you they did National Trail this is probably what they mean. It's a technical and rocky descent from Buena Vista lookout all the way to the main parking lot at the east side. Most people get to the start of this ride by going up the neighboring Mormon Loop trail, which rejoins National for the upper 2 miles or so. People do climb National, but the vast majority do it as a descent only.
From Buena Vista Lookout, head east on National trail. Keep heading east past the signs for Hidden Valley and Mormon trails. It's more or less a straight shot down to the parking lot.

You'll find lots and lots of rock gardens and drops in the 2 foot range, with plenty of bigger stuff, most of which can be hiked down or ridden around. Bring as much suspension travel as you own, and remember that you'll have to make up for anything less than 6" with that much more guts and skillz!
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PHOTOS of East National
  5.0 from 2 votes
Saguaros along the trail (Guadalupe, AZ)
  4.5 from 2 votes
Magestic Saguaro (Guadalupe, AZ)
  4.3 from 3 votes
South Mountain sunset from the National Trail. (Guadalupe, AZ)
  3.7 from 3 votes
The upper portion of East National descent... (Guadalupe, AZ)
  3.7 from 3 votes
East national overlooking Phoenix below. (Guadalupe, AZ)
  3.4 from 5 votes
Lower portion of East National, from the Mormon split to the parking lot. (Guadalupe, AZ)
  3.3 from 3 votes
National Trail up from Mormon Loop. (Guadalupe, AZ)
  3.0 from 3 votes
On top at National Trail east just after climbing Mormon Loop....great v... (Guadalupe, AZ)
  3.0 from 1 vote
Classic desert riding along National Trail. (Guadalupe, AZ)
  2.2 from 5 votes
The infamous Waterfall. (Guadalupe, AZ)