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National Trail

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Scenic views, ridgelines, and technical lines in one of the largest urban parks in the nation.


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13.8

Miles

22.2

KM

Singletrack

2,465' 751 m

High

1,259' 384 m

Low

1,961' 598 m

Up

1,729' 527 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

Description

The section of trail east of Buena Vista Parking lot is one of the best trails at South Mountain. Avoid riding the lower portion uphill. Take Mormon Trail instead. There are some significant drops and features along the way that may require scouting a line especially the waterfall.

This makes a good loop starting from the Pima Canyon Trailhead. Take the dirt road until it connects to Mormon Trail and starts to climb up. When Mormon Trail reaches National you can go left to start downhill right away, but is best down going right to finish the climb to the top of National. Once you top out shortly before the parking lot at the top turn around and enjoy the top tier trail to the bottom. This includes some very famous features such as the waterfall.

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Jason Osborn

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  4.7 from 21 votes

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There's high-fives from hikers and plenty of rocks to smash on National Trail.
Apr 7, 2017 near Guadalupe, AZ
Trials pro Jeff Lenosky cleaning the National Trail in his video series, Trail Boss.
Sep 19, 2016 near Guadalupe, AZ
East national overlooking Phoenix below.
May 19, 2016 near Guadalupe, AZ
Quick pic along National Trail.
Oct 11, 2016 near Guadalupe, AZ
Mormon and National trails
Dec 16, 2019 near Guadalupe, AZ
The upper portion of East National descent...
Sep 2, 2015 near Guadalupe, AZ

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Nov 19, 2022
Jeff Poulton
Dry and dialed. Just perfect in every way. 10mi — 2h 00m
Nov 12, 2022
Mark Mastalski
Looped from Javelina to Mormon to National up to Telegraph Pass then down to Desert Classic and back to TH with Pima Canyon. 23mi
Feb 16, 2021
Jamey Mossengren
Oct 31, 2020
Robert Vigil
Feb 6, 2020
Kurt D
Fantastic ride
Dec 31, 2019
James Bishop
Rode the whole trail as two separate shuttle runs. My favorite was West National (South Mountain) from Buena Vista Trailhead to W Estrella Drive. 16.6mi
Oct 12, 2019
Aaron Hickson
Jun 20, 2019
Dylan Eggebrecht
Very technical ride along the ridge line of south mountain 4mi — 0h 45m