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Bursera Loop

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 3.8 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fun hike with beautiful views of the Estrella mountains to the west.


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5.9

Miles

9.5

KM

Loop

1,869' 570 m

High

1,257' 383 m

Low

1,007' 307 m

Up

1,007' 307 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

This lovely loop is located at the southwest end of South Mountain. The loop is perfect on a winter morning as most of the terrain is exposed to the south. Great views of the Estrella Mountains to the west and of Ahwatukee.

Need to Know

There is no bathroom and no water in the parking lot.

Description

This is a less trafficked part of South Mountain so it is easier to find a parking spot than anywhere else in South Mountain. The beginning of the trail is common to Pyramid Trail and Bursera Trail. After 0.5 a mile take a left at the fork if you want to start with the harder part and end on an easy descent. It is singletrack all the way so you must beware of those visitors on mountain bikes.

As soon as you get a little bit of elevation the views are beautiful, with the Estrella Mountains to the west, and West Ahwatukee to the south. Most of the loop is exposed to the South so I will not recommend this particular route during the summer days.

After a little ways, you'll turn from the Bursera Trail onto the Gila Trail. This junction is accessed after your long ascent and descent on the Bursera Trail, and more moderate trail follows. From the Gila Trail, you'll take a right onto the Lost Ranch Mine Road in order to turn back towards your vehicle.

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Zander Göpfert

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  3.8 from 8 votes

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Photos

Hop on the Bursera Trail for a gorgeous look at the Estrella Mountains.
Feb 4, 2017 near Laveen, AZ
First part of the Bursera Trail
Apr 11, 2015 near Laveen, AZ
Enjoy this view from the common portion of the Pyramid and Bursera trails.
Feb 4, 2017 near Laveen, AZ
View of the Sierra Estrella from the Bursera Trail
Apr 11, 2015 near Laveen, AZ
South Mountain drainage - on the Bursera Trail
Apr 11, 2015 near Laveen, AZ

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Jun 28, 2020
Allison Smith
Good for a quick hike in the evening! 6mi — 1h 50m
Apr 4, 2020
Max Litzinger
Dec 3, 2019
Nathan Yamaguchi
6mi — 2h 05m
May 4, 2019
Britt Montemayor
Apr 13, 2019
Inessa Martin
Mar 4, 2019
Mark Killebrew
Mar 3, 2019
David Diaphoto
Feb 10, 2019
Michael Atkins
5.9mi