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South Mountain – Mormon Trailhead

Elevation1,273 feet

One of our favorite and most popular trails we have hiked in Arizona is the Mormon Trailhead at South Mountain. This hike is approximately 1.25 miles one way with an elevation gain of 754 feet. It’s rated fairly easy, however, keep in mind that the Mormon Trailhead starts off at a steep incline right away so be prepared. This hike is great for mountain biking, hiking and is also dog-friendly.

The trailhead starts at 24th Street and Valley View Avenue just south of Baseline. We parked in the parking lot there and quickly hit the trailhead only to realize that the trail starts off as an immediate incline as I mentioned earlier.

Squeezing Through The Pass

After reaching the junction, we hiked through the valley for a while as some mountain bikers passed us along the way. About half a mile further, we reached Fat Man’s Pass. At this point, we had to squeeze through the famous pass. All of us were in good enough shape to squeeze through that very narrow and tight crevis.

After squeezing through the pass, we had a choice of continuing on to Hidden Valley or take the trail back to the parking lot. After some careful consideration, we all decided to head back to the parking lot. I guess the immediate incline and that squeeze through Fat Man’s pass was enough for most of us. We do plan on hiking Hidden Valley in the near future.


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