This hike is rated EASY.
Starting at 0630 on Sunday morning.
Please note the new starting location at Apache Wash Trailhead.
Join me for a truly easy, beginner’s hike!
This beautiful hike is in the north area of the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve! This area is the newest addition to Phoenix's vast desert preserve system.
You’ll love the altitude in the North Phoenix / Desert Hills area and the softer trails too. Yes that’s right; not many rocks! What a nice treat for the feet.
There will be some mild elevation gain, twice, so this hike will give you a great workout if you are just beginning to hike. If you are more experienced, this can be a quick fitness hike to start your day. The hike will give you some exposure to this stunning area without committing to my longer hikes. The new beginner hikers really love this hike! (The hiking veterans like it too.)
For this hike we will head up to Apache Vista to enjoy superb views of the area and the trailhead below. We will then descend and continue on a short loop back to the trailhead.
Note: There is a place to stop and rest if you choose not to ascend to the summit.
DISTANCE: Approx. 2.25 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: About 225 feet
TRAIL STYLE: Loop, with two overlook spurs
DURATION: < 2.0 hours
DOGS: Yes, if leashed
FACILITIES: Restrooms and large parking lot; no water
WEBSITE: Trail Map
DIRECTIONS: Head north on Cave Creek Road and continue north of Pinnacle Peak Road. The left turn for East Sonoran Desert Drive is between Jomax Rd. and Dynamite Blvd, so get in the left lane. Turn left at East Sonoran Desert Drive. Go west for about 4 miles. The park entrance will be on the right. The address is 1600 E. Sonoran Desert Dr.
If you are coming from the West, Dove Valley Road Exit #222 is now open on Freeway 17. From there, it will be about 6 miles to the park, eventually turning into E. Sonoran Desert Drive. The park entrance will be on your left. The address is 1600 E. Sonoran Desert Dr.
Contact me via Meetup if you have questions.