National Trail Trek (NTT)



National Trail Trek ​​

23rd Annual National Trail Trek

January 19, 2019

​National Trail Trek (NTT) celebrates South Mountain Park/Preserve's "National Trail," an historic and picturesque trail that runs from Pima Canyon, located at the easternmost edge of the mountain, to the ridgeline at San Juan Lookout, which lies on the western edge of the park. The 15.5-mile trek will expose hikers to a variety of Sonoran desert flora and fauna, and provide an opportunity to discover some of the ancient Hohokam petroglyphs hidden in the area. ​​

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 Event Registration is Full

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15.5 mile trek on South Mountain's historic National Trail​​


Transportation, ​​Food and Water Provided


Shuttles depart regularly from 7:05 to 8:00 a.m.​


National Trail TrekNTT 2019 is a great way to get outdoors, meet other hiking enthusiasts and experience one of the most storied trails in the Valley.

Convenient shuttles will provide transportation from the South Mountain Activity Complex to the National Trail's easternmost starting point at Pima Canyon, the mid-way point (7.5 miles), and the westernmost end point at San Juan Lookout.

City of Phoenix Park Rangers will be stationed at locations throughout the trail, providing additional trail education and ensuring safe and convenient travel. Lunch, snacks and water also will be provided.​


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Know Before You Go:

  • South Mountain Trail Trek Map

  • Average hiking time is five to six hours for the 15.5-mile trek.

  • Participants are advised to be rested, hydrated adequately, wearing appropriate hiking shoes and attire. "Take a Hike. Do it Right."

  • All participants must report to the Activity Complex (10409 S Central Ave.) on the day of the event to pick up their wristband. Participants must have a wristband to access the bus/lunch/shuttle back to their vehicle after the event. There are no exceptions to this policy.

  • Buses: The first shuttle is scheduled to leave at 7:05 a.m., and in 10-minute increments thereafter. The last bus is scheduled to leave by 8 a.m.

  • Half-way Shuttles: You can obtain a ride in a van at the half-way point (7.5 miles) if you cannot continue. The van will drop you off where you parked at the Activity Complex.

  • Transportation: Bus from Activity Complex parking/check-in off Central Ave. to Pima Canyon – approximately 10 miles and takes 25 to 30 minutes. Vans used for transporting you from the end – approximately 5.5-mile drive.


Special thanks to our #nttphx partners!

Watermill Express         Phoenix College      Central Arizona Mountain Rescue logo    REI            Sprouts Farmers Market

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Photo submittals:​

If you'd like to share event photos, please e-mail them in JPG format to natural.resources.pks@phoenix.gov, making sure to provide your full name and any descriptive information you would like included in the photo credit. Photos may be used for promotional purposes, including but not limited to use on social media, website and future Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department promotions.