Phoenix Trail Information & Maps
If you're into mountain biking, Phoenix and the surrounding valley have some of the best trails in Arizona. The local trails are located in South Mountain Preserve and Park, spanning over 16,000 acres with 50 miles of trails. Some of the popular trails include the Desert Classic, Mormon, National, Pima Loops, and Javalina trails.
Whether you're looking for a casual cross-country ride or an intense black diamond descent, the park and local trail system has something for everyone (make sure to bring your protective gear!). These suggestions come from years of experience riding at South Mountain Park. If you have any questions about the trails or routes, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.
South Mountain Preserve & Park
GPS Trail Routes
Download GPS routes for South Mountain Preserve and Park trails by clicking on the trail title.
Over 18 miles and 1800 feet of climbing. There is water and restrooms at the halfway point. Helipad is up high enough to get some spectacular views of the valley. Great for challenging cross-country riding!
Beginner - Short Distance
This is a 5.7-mile route with 260 feet of climbing. Lots of scenery, 100+-year-old Saguaro cactus, and flowy trails on this one.
Don't let the 8.6 miles and 1100 feet of climbing fool ya. This ride will challenge your technical skills both going up and coming back down! Lots of ridgeline views of the valley from the top of the Mormon to the National climb.
12.3 miles, 1552 feet of climbing. Going out and back on East National will challenge your technical skills as well as your stamina. This route includes the infamous Waterfall feature (pro tip: there's no water there). Returning back on the fast and flowy Javalina before returning on the chunky Pima East trails.
9.61 miles and 706 feet of climbing on this ride. This fun and flowy return on the Secret trail with a little bit of chunk on the way back when Desert Classic rolls alongside the South Mountain foothills.
11.54 miles, 940 feet of climbing. This route gives you a little bit of everything. Cross-country flow and some chunky trails going up and back down. Lower Corona will give you a lot of bang for your buck going down after a relativity short technical climb up.