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National Trail

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Scenic views, ridgelines, and rock outcrops adorn this trail in one of the largest urban parks in the nation.


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Map Key

13.9

Miles

22.4

KM

Point to Point

2,466' 752 m

High

1,262' 385 m

Low

1,886' 575 m

Up

1,654' 504 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Leashed

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Description

Starting at San Juan Lookout, the trail starts with a couple miles of easier terrain and eventually crosses San Juan Road.

After crossing San Juan Road you'll stay right at the fork, as left will take you on the Bajada Trail. This section of National starts climbing and is full of washed-out areas, rocks, and several obstacles on the way up. Once you are out of the canyon, the trail steeply follows the ridgeline with a few short downs and then steep ups. You'll pass several abandoned mines along the way (just a few feet off the trail!) and hike along the backside of the mountain for a bit where the trail becomes exposed but is suitably wide and smooth through the exposure.

The next major intersection will be at Ranger Trail, which would take you back down to the 5 Table TH/Ranger Station. If you continue on National, the next section will take you underneath the TV antennas and cross the paved road to the lookouts twice.

National then takes you over Telegraph Pass and up to the Buena Vista Lookout. From the Buena Vista Lookout to the end of National at the east end, it gets rockier with bigger obstacles to navigate. Be careful of mountain bikers as they use this section of the trail frequently.

National will end at a Dirt Road that you can take down to the Pima Canyon Parking Area.

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Photos

Top of National looking at the Estrella Mountaina
Aug 19, 2018 near Laveen, AZ
A view from the top. Intersection with the National and Kiwanis trail - and Summit Rd.  A nice bench and some smooth boulders to take a rest.
Feb 9, 2019 near Laveen, AZ
Running along the ridge
May 7, 2015 near Laveen, AZ
The last couple flat miles after the descent
May 7, 2015 near Laveen, AZ

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Apr 4, 2020
Max Litzinger
Jan 18, 2019
Matt Swanson
16mi
Sep 15, 2018
Nick Preston
Really enjoyable hike. Will be back to do more 2mi
Jun 28, 2018
Mari Soula
2mi
Jun 14, 2018
Mari Soula
3mi
Jan 27, 2018
Matt Swanson
Dec 2, 2017
Mary Willard
Nov 19, 2017
Mahes Prasad
Hiked Telegraph to National and east to Corona Loop, then down to Warpaint. Great weather, Corona Loop is very rocky coming down from National Trail 8.2mi