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Easier to climb than National Trail, the Mormon Loop Trail is famous for its gorgeous views of Phoenix and the Valley.


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1.5

Miles

2.5

KM

Point to Point

1,986' 605 m

High

1,578' 481 m

Low

416' 127 m

Up

28' 9 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

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Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly While the climb may challenge really young children, its short length is doable for most. Worst comes to worst, you can always hike as high as they wish to go, and then turn around for an easy descent.

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The Mormon Loop Trail is a great option for those wishing to tackle a less strenuous climb than what the National Trail has to offer while experiencing nearly the same caliber of view. Along the trail, expect the tread to be rocky in places, but it's nothing unmanageable by those of reasonable fitness and balance. Trailside flora and fauna include organisms typical of the Sonoran Desert: keep your eyes peeled for cholla, saguaro and barrel cactus, juniper, and numerous species of lizard.

Upon reaching the top of the trail, you can either return the way you came or continue on the National Trail.

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Not sure if these carvings/markings in the stone are real or not, but they are protected by a man made wooden barrier, so maybe...
Feb 14, 2019 near Guadalupe, AZ
On the back side of this formation, the wash has carved a shallow cave into the rock. You'll see it coming down from the JC trail peak.
Feb 14, 2019 near Guadalupe, AZ
Enjoy this pleasant view of South Mountain Park and the Phoenix Metro from the top of Mormon Trail.
Feb 11, 2017 near Guadalupe, AZ
Sunrise
May 7, 2015 near Guadalupe, AZ
At the end of the Mormon Trail, turn around or follow the sign onto the National Trail or Mormon Loop.
Feb 11, 2017 near Guadalupe, AZ

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Jan 29, 2023
Lou Hibbard
Hiked this to get back to car at Mormon Trail while Janelle went to Pima Canyon Trailhead for me to pick her up 1.5mi
Mar 5, 2022
Tess Villalvazo
1.5mi — 1h 00m
Oct 27, 2019
Tyler Zaring
Aug 18, 2019
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Mar 30, 2019
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