Two Ridges Loop Hike (Pima Canyon Trailhead at South Mountain)

Date: 
Friday, February 27, 2015 - 07:30
Leaders: 
Marilyn Harkins - 480-883-7173
Brian Hill - 480-802-1050
Rating: 
B LENGTH: 9.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 1800 ft PACE: Medium

Meet at 7:30 am (depart at 7:45) at the Pima Canyon Trailhead – at the covered picnic area.

Directions from I-10: take EXIT 157, Elliot Rd. Go west to 48th St. Turn RIGHT, north on 48th St. Watch for the POINTE PKWY/BASELINE sign at about 1 mile! After the 2nd sign, BASELINE use the left turn lane onto Pointe Pkwy and make the immediate left turn at the guard house onto Pima Canyon Rd. This goes directly to the trailhead where there are pit toilets and water.

Trails out: Ridgeline Trail, Mormon Trail, and National Trail to the Buena Vista Overlook.
Trails back: Midlife Crisis Trail and Marcos de Niza Trail.

We'll hike up and down on the ridgelines enclosing the Pima Canyon for interesting views of the east and west side of Phoenix. Midway we’ll hike on the National Trail amidst the “young” igneous rock masses (only 15—40 million years old), wildflowers, and cactus gardens with hundreds of little saguaros.

The Midlife Crisis Trail has some rock scrambling so check your boot bottoms and bring gloves. Bring plenty of water and lunch or snacks.

Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.