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Pyramid Trail Hike

South Mountain Park, Phoenix

Phoenix Metro Area, Arizona

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  • The hillside of the Pyramid Trail, with an abundance of jumping teddy bear cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii).- Pyramid Trail Hike
  • Views of South Mountain near the top of the trail.- Pyramid Trail Hike
  • The steep section of the trail.- Pyramid Trail Hike
  • The Pyramid Trail traverses a ridge toward Telegraph Pass. Mount Suppoa (2,690 ft) is in the distance.- Pyramid Trail Hike
  • Goat Hill (2,504 ft) as seen from the Pyramid Trail.- Pyramid Trail Hike
  • Pyramid Trail near its junction with the National Trail.- Pyramid Trail Hike
  • Southern Phoenix below the Pyramid Trail.- Pyramid Trail Hike
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Pros: 
Great views. Reasonable amount of solitude. Well maintained trail.
Cons: 
No shade. Trailhead is a longer drive than other South Mountain trailheads for most visitors.
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Region:
Phoenix Metro Area, AZ
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,080.00 ft (329.18 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
6.25 mi (10.06 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,260.00 ft (384.05 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Pyramid Trail is one of the more remote trails in the vast South Mountain Park and Preserve in metropolitan Phoenix. It is also one of the steepest hikes in the park, with about 900 feet of elevation gain in roughly a half a mile.

The Pyramid Trail starts where Chandler Boulevard ends in the far southwestern reaches of the city of Phoenix. It is the most distant South Mountain trailhead from Downtown Phoenix, but the route there is essentially freeway most of the way. Chandler Boulevard has space along the sides for parking along with a lot at the end, which accommodates hikers on the Pyramid Trail and the Bursera Trail.

The trail proceeds for approximately a mile across flat desert in a direct path toward the steep ascent to the southern ridge of South Mountain. The trail traverses this ridge toward the center of the park, where it runs into the National Trail and Telegraph Pass Trail. For those interested in shuttling two cars at two different trailheads, it is about a 5-mile hike; however, most hikers will return down the trail the same way they went up.

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