Sidewinder-Ocotillo-West Loop is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This loop starts at Carefree Hwy and 7th Ave, be aware there is limited parking at the trailhead. The Ocotillo part of the trail is relatively flat and the Sidewinder part has some good elevation changes. Great Sonoran Desert scenery and views. This loop can get busy with mountain bikes and has some moderate elevation changes on the sidewinder part of the trail. The ocotillo trail gets close to Dove Valley road in a few places, other than that you are well into the desert. Watch out for snakes, although mountain bikes usually make enough noise to keep them away from trails. There is no water at the trailhead or on the trail - take at least 2 liters! There is also no shade available.
A fun, fast, and challenging mountain biking opportunity. One of my favorite places to ride.
Nice loop with varying difficulty. Ocotillo part is flat and fairly easy, the Sidewinder part had a lot of elevation change. There were a lot of mountain bikes on the trail, and also several sightings of rattlesnakes (April). Great scenery but you do get close to roads in some places. There are several access point onto the trail, so it can get quite busy.