Bursera Peak Loop (South Mountain)

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Hiking the Bursera Peak trail - South Mountain
Hiking the Bursera Peak trail - South Mountain
Hiking the Bursera Peak trail - South Mountain
Hiking the Bursera Peak trail - South Mountain
Bursera Peak trail:Map
Hiking the Bursera Peak trail - South Mountain
Hiking the Bursera Peak trail - South Mountain
Bursera Peak trail:Elevation Plot

Location

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

To get to the trailhead: From the Phoenix area, take I-10 south to the HWY-202 Loop West. From the HWY-202, take the 17th Ave exit and head north to Chandler Blvd. Turn left on Chandler Boulevard and after you pass 19th Avenue, park at the obvious trailhead on the right.
addressone
10500 S. 19th Avenue
city
phoenix
state
az
Region
Phoenix Area and Central Arizona

Hike details

Distance
3.30 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
The hike is a 3.3 mile loop hike
Time
2.00 [Hours]
Time-details
This hike took about 2 hours.
Elevation Change
600 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
About 600 ft elevation gain.
Hike Trail Type
Loop

Season

Best Season
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • October
  • November
  • December
Date Hike completed
October 13, 2012

Solitude

Solitude
Medium
Solitude Details
Not too bad for an easily accessed South Mountain hike. Expect to share the trail with 15 other people or so.

Difficulty

Difficulty Rating
Easy
difficulty detail
This is an easy hike to some nice views.

Permits

Be Aware of
route finding, mountain bikers

Hike the Bursera Peak Loop trail in South Mountain park in Phoenix, Arizona.

The far west end of South Mountain hosts a relatively uncrowded trailhead called the Pyramid Trailhead. There's a great loop hike from this trailhead to some enjoyable views from Brusera peak. From the parking area, take the first unsigned trail junction left and hike generally west along the base of South Mountain park. After hiking this generally flat section for 0.9 miles, you'll reach a trail junction (JCT_1R on the map). Turn right here and start climbing up the switchbacks. About a 550 feet climb will put you at the Bursera ridgeline (JCT_2R). Turn right here and hike along the ridgeline, enjoying views to both the North (South Mountain Park) and South (Ahwatukee). After about 0.7 miles of hiking along the ridgeline, the trail starts its descent. At the unsigned junction with the Pyramid trail (JCT_3R on the map) stay right to hike the final 0.3 miles to the trailhead.

 

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