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North Mountain Nature trail loop hike - Casa Grande

North mountain nature trail loop (Casa Grande)
North mountain park nature trail loop (Casa Grande)
hiker on the North mountain park nature trail loop (Casa Grande)
Old Saguaro on the North mountain park nature trail loop (Casa Grande)
Map: North mountain park nature trail loop (Casa Grande)
Elevation plot: North mountain park nature trail loop (Casa Grande)


How to Get There
This hike is located near Casa Grande, AZ.

From the Phoenix area, take I-10 South to the McCartney exit. Head east on this road until you reach the signed turn for Cox road. Turn left here and follow this road North into the signed North Mountain park. The road soon turns to well graded dirt. Follow the signs to get to the park. The dirt roads can be a bit of a maze here, so keep an eye out for the signs that will point you in the right direction for the park and the hiking trail. The trail start is just to the left of Ramada #2. There is no water here, but there are primitive pit toilets.
Cox Rd
Casa Grande
Tucson Area and Southern Arizona

Hike details

1.40 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
1.4 miles for the loop hike.
0.50 [Hours]
It took us a 35 minutes to complete the loop
Elevation Change
0 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Gain
0 Total Elevation Gain [Feet]
Elevation Details
This hike is flat.
Hike Trail Type


Best Season
  • January
  • February
  • December
Worst Season
  • June
  • July
  • August
Date Hike completed
January 01, 2014


Solitude Details
Great solitude here for such a short hike. We were the only ones on the trail.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
This flat hike is a good one for beginning hikers or out of town visitors. It's easy.


Be Aware of
A bit of route finding to get to the trailhead. The park has a bit of a maze of dirt roads.

Hike along the North Mountain nature trail near Casa Grande, Arizona.

If you're looking for an easy hike in the desert in the Casa Grande area, this is a good one. Out of town visitors would really enjoy this gentle introduction to hiking in the desert.

Hopefully you were able to find the signed trailhead without too much trouble. We hiked this trail in the clockwise direction, since it was easier to stay on trail, since there are a number of washes and a couple of dirt roads this trail crosses. So from the signed trailhead and map, head left on the dirt trail. It's pretty easy to follow this trail, but be careful you don't get detoured on the numerous small washes that look like trails. Some of the desert plans have signs to mark them, which would make this interesting for out of town visitors. The hike loops through this desert area, crossing a few short but pretty foot bridges before meeting back to the trailhead start.


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