Ma Ha Tuak Hiking Trail

Ma Ha Tuak Hiking Trail – South Mountain

  • Difficulty Rating:  Moderate/Difficult
    This trail is short, but the beginning section is steep. If you’re in decent shape you’ll find this trail to be moderate, but if you’re a beginner, you may find the beginning of this trail difficult.
  • Trail Length: 2.4 miles (roundtrip)
  • Trail Location: 19th Ave. Trailhead

Located in the Ma Ha Tuak range of South Mountain, the Ma Ha Tuak Hiking Trail is located on the Northwest side of the Mountain. This trail is not as popular as some other South Mountain hiking trails, but there will still be a good amount of hikers on it.

Ma Ha Tuak Hiking Trail  location at start with blue recycle bin, warning signs and drinking fountain

The Ma Ha Tuak hiking trail begins at an incline, right away. From the minute you step on the trail, you are inclining right on up! While steep, the path is pretty much flat meaning, there are no big steps or boulders to step onto.

two hikers along wide dirt  along the Ma Ha Tuak Hiking Trail in Phoenix, heading towards base of mountain
Ma Ha Tuak Hiking Trail leading up towards peak on South Mountain with dog and hiker on top in Phoenix, Arizona.

In the beginning the trail will head East, so if you want a less crowded trail to go on to watch the sunrise, this is your trail! You’ll be able to peacefully watch the sun come up above Four Peaks.

hiking trail along side of mountain with orange glow of sunrise

At around .75 of a mile, you will reach the top of the incline and also the intersection where Crosscut trail is located. The Ma Ha Tuak trail will veer to the right and gradually start it’s decline down.

curving hiking trail known as Ma Ha Tuak Hiking Trail in Phoenix, Arizona with sunlight hitting mountain peaks ahead

There are a lot of teddy bear cholla located around this area, so be sure to watch for loose needles laying upon the trail. As the trail dwindles down, it will end when you reach the Max Delta Trail.

Ma Ha Tuak Hiking Trail marker with arrows pointing different directions along hiking trail in Phoenix, Arizona

This trail is a great is if you are looking for a quick hike with a good workout. Or you can also make this trail longer by incorporating the connecting trails to it as well.

Phoenix Hiking Trail Essentials:

Over 200 hikers a year have accidents along the Phoenix hiking trails. The desert is a beautiful wide open space but with that also comes a bit of danger that all hikers need to be aware of and be prepared for.

To give you the best hiking experience be sure to bring these following essentials with you on your Phoenix hike

  • Water
  • Sunscreen/Sun Protected Clothing
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Salty Snacks (electrolytes)
  • Durable shoes
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