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Acer Summit via Mormon Trail

A steep climb leads to a spectacular overlook of the Phoenix metro area.

Hiking Difficult

3.9 km
228 m
228 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
385 m
High Point
613 m
Acer Summit via Mormon Trail Map

Acer Summit rises to an elevation of 2,012 feet above sea level, and even though it isn't even the highest point in South Mountain Park, this summit provides spectacular views over the Phoenix Metro Area and the Salt River Valley.


Acer Summit is a popular hike because it is easily reached via a direct climb up the Mormon Trail. This stiff climb gains almost 750 vertical feet in about 1.2 miles, making for a short, steep climb and a respectable workout that many hikers and trail runners can fit in after work.

South Mountain is renowned for its rugged trails: expect a rough, rocky, steep ascent to the summit.



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike

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