South Mountain Park / National Trail

4.54 out of 5
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↑ 3,700 ft
↓ 3,800 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
National trail can be acended or decended. Both require expert skills and fitness. You cannot and will not find a climb this technical, challenging and fun in AZ. It will kick your ass and youll love every turn of the peddle. You can ride this trail 365 but, beware of mid afternoon temps in the summer, "theres birds that will pick your bones clean."
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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Q: Ok, kinda of more a generalized question, can you ride E-bikes in most of these trails or are they National forests? -javadown2

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Q: What is the best mtb for this type of trail? -Guest

A: I rented a 5 inch Giant Trance with a dropper post and it worked fine, if I had a choice I would bring a 6 inch bike, however the dropper post was a must, it was a continuous up and down trail.

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Reviews (26)

Bunny Hop

October 21, 2019
bnordo Bunny Hop  
Review: This is a very scenic trail and too difficult for me to have a lot of fun. I walked much of it. This is not a negative review it is just a little over my skill level. Great trail for more advanced riders.


October 10, 2019
Review: There are parts that are really fun, but the technical sections will challenge your skills. Not for the faint of heart!

Granny Gear

November 28, 2017
RCakman Granny Gear  
Review: National Trail is a very challenging ride with an abundance of obstacles and very narrow sections to snake through. The descent will most definitely test your riding skills and upper body strength but it will also leave you grinning for days and wanting for more. It was more fun than riding in Sedona. Add this one to your bucket list for sure.


August 5, 2017
Review: Lots of gnar! Get's busy with hikers though.


May 7, 2017
Review: Difficult trail but fun. Make sure you bring plenty of water my friend and I ran out of water with 6 miles to go.

Granny Gear

August 29, 2016
Balztj Granny Gear  
Review: Spent the summer learning to mountain bike here. Very unforgiving but I learned quickly. I really hope to get back out here now that I know what I'm doing. This is still the best place I have ridden now that I have hit a dozen or so other trails.

July 16, 2016
Review: This is the best trail in the state IMO. I wont add any verbage regarding the technical nature of the trail. I will say that trying to ride up lower National just is not fun IMO so I recommend taking the climb up Mormon Trail to where it eventually merges with National. Then on your way back down ride lower National instead of Mormon.


April 28, 2016
Review: Very difficult riding in areas. I made it through 6 miles of riding and was glad I had to be somewhere. This trail will challenge most riders heart rate, climbing skills and technical skills. i am so glad that I was on 3" tires for this challenging terrain. Loved it though!

Granny Gear

April 14, 2016
Eric Fuge Granny Gear  
Review: I loved this trail, if you like rock gardens you will too, very techy in some areas, up and down, it had some short but difficult climbs due to rocks and it got my heart rate up, but after completing the entire trail I still had some energy in reserve.


October 26, 2015
RyanFPrice Gramcounter  
Review: This trail will test your ability to carry speed over uneven terrain. There are a lot of line options whether climbing or descending. The climbs are short and punchy but not sustained. With enough skill everything here is ride-able, but unforgiving. Wear Pads and if your going to fall, don't aim for anything green. This trail is a favorite of mine, but dont expect to nail it on your first run. This trail is unforgiving.

South Mountain Park / National Trail MTB Trail 4.54 out of 5 based on 26 ratings. 26 user reviews.
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