Telegraph Pass Trail And Kiwanis Trail

#4 of 23 trails in South Mountain Park
Easily accessible, short, in-town hike. Popular for joggers and dog-walkers. Short enough to be great for kids, but still offers rewarding views of metro Phoenix.

2.33 miles Out & Back 540 feet
Kid Friendly Dog Friendly
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The first mile of this trail is a textured concrete surface for easy walking. The trail then splits off to continue on to Telegraph Pass, or on to The Desert Classic Trail. The remaining one mile of Telegraph Pass Trail ends at the Summit Road, and offers quick access to the National Trail and the Kiwanis Trail within the park upon reaching the roadway.

The Desert Classic Trail continues on for about 9 miles through the foothills on the south side of South Mountain and terminates at the south ramada area in Pima Canyon.

Some Hohokam petroglyphs can be seen along this trail.

Felicity Macdonald

7 Completed0 Reviews

zach charnofsky

1 Completed1 Reviews

Telegraph Pass is a great hike for a quick jolt of energy, taking in some scenic desert views, and engaging with pleasant folks up and down the trail.

Shane Montgomery

33 Completed2 Reviews

Aaron Frank

3 Completed3 Reviews

Nice trail from Tukee up the south side, and then links up to others at top that will eventually take you to 360 viewpoints. Direct north and south views are available, but little panoramic without venturing further.

Michelle Keddell

1 Completed1 Reviews

Brian Parkinson

16 Completed14 Reviews

I arrived at 6:45 am and found the parking lot at the trailhead almost full. I passed multiple people on both my way up and down. This can be a crowded trail. The trail starts paved but then turns to sand and rock. It gets a little steep and rocky at parts, and can get technical for trail runners. At the top you can jump on the national trail and follow that for as long as you like (which I recommend since it is significantly less crowded and more runner friendly). Overall, it's a good trail but gets crowded

Jerry Slusar

5 Completed2 Reviews

Teri Ann Little

6 Completed7 Reviews

Lindsay Adelmeyer

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great, easy hike in the city. Easy up and down. 30 minutes up and 25 down, at a slow pace. Great views of downtown Phoenix on one side and the Foothills on the other.

Daisy Warner

6 Completed3 Reviews

I don't mind people too much - stopping to allow passage gives me a break ;)
But, Kiwanis is beautiful - I love the vegetation and looking through the washes for small desert creatures. We started at Kiwanis. I could tell going down Telegraph that coming back up was going to be a bit of a work out. It's worth a repeat. Just watch out for bees. Took me 2 hours 12 minutes, but I'm a bit of a slow poke.