National Trail Trek


The 20th annual National Trail Trek is set for Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. Registration will be viewable online beginning Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 at 10:30 a.m., and registration begins Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $55. You can register online or in person at any department community center during operating hours. The Trail Trek is a rain or shine event.

This 15.5 mile hike will take you from the easternmost edge of the mountain (Pima Canyon) through the South Mountains to San Juan Lookout near the western edge. We provide th​e food, water, round-trip transportation, various prizes and surprises – you provide the miles and miles of smiles!

Please note: Preregistration is required for the National Trail Trek. No walk-in registrations will be taken the day of the event. No mail-in registrations will be accepted.


Important Event Information:

  • This is a rain or shine event

  • There will be two check-in booths: WRISTBANDS / CHECK-IN ONLY for REI early bag pick-up (for participants who already picked up their bag) and REGISTRATION / BAG PICKUP (for participants who need to pick up their bag)

  • 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.

  • 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 vehicle after the event. There are no exceptions to this policy.

  • 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 shack.

  • Participants are advised to get plenty of rest the night before and be hydrated

If you have photos from the 2015 NTT, please e-mail them to and include photo credit info.

South Mountain Trail Trek Map

National Trail Trek Information:

  • Average hiking time – 5 to 6 hours for 15.5 miles
  • Half-way shuttles: You can obtain a ride in the 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.

    For questions about the National Trail Trek, contact Event Coordinator Christine Romo at 602-262-7393 or