Trail Running in Phoenix

I'm surprised by how the outdoors is so easily accessible from Phoenix, one of America's largest cities.

My favorite part about my trip to Phoenix was doing some trail running at South Mountain Park. South Mountain is one of the world's largest city parks, and it's 16,000+ acres of stunning desert hills and valleys.

I parked at the Pima Canyon trailhead, and ran parts of the National Trail.

Here are some pictures to whet your appetite and also remind myself that I want to go back soon.

The trail is pretty rocky, which adds to the fun of it. There's uphill and downhill portions, but it really isn't THAT bad.

The trail is pretty rocky, which adds to the fun of it. There's uphill and downhill portions, but it really isn't THAT bad.

At the Hidden Valley portion of the trail, there's some really fun mini-adventures like squeezing through huge boulders and jumping down from large rocks.

At the Hidden Valley portion of the trail, there's some really fun mini-adventures like squeezing through huge boulders and jumping down from large rocks.

Running in these surroundings is just plain bliss. I have to confess, though, I don't know what it's like during the summer!

Running in these surroundings is just plain bliss. I have to confess, though, I don't know what it's like during the summer!