National Trail Trek (NTT)



Thank you to everyone that came out for our 22nd Annual Trail Trek!

Information about the 23rd Annual Trail Trail Trek will be available in Fall 2018


National Trail Trek​​

​National Trail Trek (NTT) celebrates South Mountain's "National Trail", a historic and beautiful trail that stretches from Pima Canyon, located at the easternmost edge of the mountain, to the ridgeline at San Juan Lookout, which lies on the wester edge of the park. The 15.5-mile hike will expose you to hundreds of variations of Sonoran desert flora.   It also provides hikers with the chance to witness the abundant wildlife native to South Mountain and maybe even discover some of the ancient Hohokam petroglyphs that are hidden throughout the area. ​​

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Registration information will be available in Fall 2018


Please contact natural.resources.pks@phoenix.gov with any questions or comments.

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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 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.​


National Trail TrekNTT 2018 is a great way to get outdoors, meet other hiking enthusiasts, and to 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 mi.), and the westernmost end point at San Juan Lookout.

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


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Know Before You Go:

  • South Mountain Trail Trek Map

  • Average hiking time is 5 to 6 hours for the 15.5 mile trek.

  • Participants are advised to be rested, hydrate adequately, wear appropriate hiking shoes and attire, and to remember when taking a hike to 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.

  • A reminder that Pima Canyon Road is closed due to the event. Participants planning on getting dropped off there after picking up a wristband are advised that they will be permitted to travel only as far as the guard house.

  • 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 thank you to our #nttphx partners!

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

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Questions, Comments, and Photo Submittals:​

For questions or comments, please contact the event coordination team via email at natural.resources.pks@phoenix.gov

If you have photos that you would like to share, please email them in .jpeg 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, web, and future Phoenix Parks and Recreation and Arizona Parks and Recreation Association promotions.