National Trail Trek (NTT)

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28th Annual National Trail Trek

Registration Date:
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023


Event Date:
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024

Mandatory Event Packet Pick-up will be at the South Mountain Environmental Education Center (10409 S. Central Ave)

on Saturday, January 13, 2024 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The 28th Annual 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 western edge of the park. The 15.5-mile hike will expose you to hundreds of variations of Sonoran desert flora and the provide the chance to witness the abundant wildlife native to South Mountain. Additionally, if you are especially observant, you may even discover some of the ancient Hohokam petroglyphs that are hidden throughout the area.


15.5 Mile Trek on South Mountain's Historic National Trail

Trailhead Shuttle Service Provided

Food and Water Provided

Commemorative Shirt Included

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 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.

  • Participants may arrive as early as 5:30 a.m. to pick up wristbands and enjoy breakfast and coffee. Shuttle schedule is listed below. The event ends at approximately 5:00 p.m. Hikers must arrive at the lunch location by 1:30 p.m. to complete the hike on time. Hikers arriving after this time will be shuttled from Telegraph Pass to the Activity Complex. Those wishing to  complete the hike after 1:30 p.m. must hike on the Bajada Trail from the trail's end at San Juan Lookout and provide their own transportation to their personal vehicle at the Activity Complex. 

  • Shuttles: The first shuttle is scheduled to leave from the Activity Complex at 6:05 a.m., shuttles will depart in 10-minute increments thereafter. The last shuttle is scheduled to leave by 7:05 a.m.

  • The shuttles that will transport you from the Activity Complex to Pima Canyon Trailhead will travel approximately 10 miles, with a ride time of 25 minutes. The shuttles returning you from the end point to the Activity Complex's parking area will travel approximately 5.5 miles, with a ride time of 15 minutes.​​​​​​

  • Additional questions? Contact

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