Hike Telegraph pass trail in South Mountain park in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Telegraph Pass trail is a good hike if you're looking for a short but enjoyable desert hike in the Phoenix area. From the parking area, start hiking along the paved trail towards South Mountain park. After 0.4 miles, the pavement turns to dirt and you reach a signed trail junction (JCT 1L on the map). Turn left here and stay on the Telegraph Pass Trail. Pretty soon you'll see some petroglyphs on your right with an interpretive sign. These petroglyphs are dated at around 600 years old, so please treat them with the reverence they deserve. From this point, the trail gets steeper and more rocky, but is still easy to follow. After about 400 ft of climbing, you reach the Telegraph Pass road in South mountain and the turnaround point for this short but enjoyable hike.