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Apache Wash Trail is a 7.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from September until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.4 mi Elevation gain 206 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

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Start west on Ocitillo to Ridgeback north till you get to the crossing of Sidewinder then head west. Keep on Sidewinder toil you come to the crossing of Octillio and head east back to trailhead. Moderate hike and lot of ups in the beginning but don't be fooled by the flat landscape returning.

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Recordings (228)
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David Bauer
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Mountain biking

This is Pyramid Peak not Apache Wash trail.

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David Bauer
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Mountain bikingNo shadeRocky

The western arm of the Apache Wash trail is nice and level and mostly soft dirt and sand. The eastern side is quite rocky and more technical for inexperienced riders. Keep that I mind if you commit to the route. There are typically a lot of people at this location so you will need to keep your eyes out for opposing riders and hikers. It’s not my favorite location to ride, but if you’re alone at least you’ll have help close by because of the number of people on the trails in the area.

Kia Nyiro
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Hiking

If you’re looking for miles, this trail is for you. It’s rather boring though. Flat so it’s good for those looking for easy. Not much shade but occasional places along the way. Gets hot quickly!

Jessica Moffett
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Hiking

Great beginner mountain bike trail. If you start to the east it’s rocky with ups and downs and a few flat areas. When you come back it’s flat, windy and sandy… Great for picking up speed! Did the whole trail out and back in 45 minutes… I’m kind of slow LOL. I forgot to record the first half!

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P G
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HikingNo shade

Easy, nice hike. Lots of wild flowers! Enjoy n take pic of my rocks (6) as ur hiking.

Kim Smith
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HikingNo shade
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Amy Barrett
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Hiking

Great trail with lots of vegetation and a variety of rocks. Good amount of easy up and down. Our 6 year old grand daughter was tired but not worn out.

Mary Ducharme
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Hiking

No Cinco. Boots and poles.

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john gehan
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great trail for a casual sunset hike.

william dorrett
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Hiking

I loved this trail it is so fun and good for beginners.

James Bisciotti
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Hiking

Great trail for MTB beginners. Fairly flat and smooth. can go slow or fast depending on your skills.

chrisaltrichter User
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Mountain biking

perfect local loop for a good workout

Steve Bishop
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Mountain biking

My local go to trail for a quick workout. Nice loop with Esplanade/Cliff Walk/E-Connector/ thrown in. About 15 miles all together with Apache Wash Loop. Area appears to also have been used as a cattle range so it’s a very flat trail and excellent to work on endurance and speed. Not technical and great for beginners.

Laura Jean
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Hiking

I took my dog this morning and we had a wonderful hike. We turned around after 1.5 miles since my dog (and the human!) isn’t used to 7 mile hikes. Can be rocky in parts but otherwise it’s a smooth sandy path with great scenery. We’ll be back!

Daren Grilley
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HikingNo shade
Sean Terrillion
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Mountain biking

Perfect trail for beginners or for those looking for a leisurely MTB ride.

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SHAYLE F.
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HikingNo shade
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Rob N
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Love the flow sections on the West side of this trail.

Brian Rose
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great trail to bring kids for first long hikes. no hills on thos beginner trail, great scenery , occasional mountain bikers all very friendly and alert before passing. bring water and have fun.

Cassie Hoag
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Hiking

This is a great easy trail if you’re a beginner. More like a walking trail with some dips into the wash crossing. Trail was lightly trafficked but gets a little busier in the late afternoons. I noticed more cyclists than anything so be sure to yield to any bikes coming your way if you’re hiking on this one. Scenery is decent, but there’s definitely prettier trails out there. Overall a nice trail though.

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Steven A.k.a (Stampers)
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Hiking

Did this trail to test out some trail runners that I recently got. Very well maintained trail. The trail was lightly trafficked with cyclist and a couple of hikers and joggers. Very easy flat trail with very minimal ups and downs going into and out of the wash. Overall this trail is worth doing. One thing I will say is that the trail is actually 6.8 to 7.0 miles long. Not 7.4 if that matters to you.

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Bill Sands
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Hiking

Desert trail in N Phoenix that is well traveled so the trail is easy to follow. In early Spring the poppies are everywhere and has become our favorite trail system to hike that is close to home.

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Margarita Shircel
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Running

love this trail for running! Mostly flat terrain, few easy bunny hills.

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Barbara Shumer
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Easy hiking terrain but pay attention to signage and look at the main map posted before you hike. There were many hikers and bikers here and it is enjoyable but this hike as named is a 6 mile loop.

C Cuellar
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Running

Excellent for trail running. I did the 6.74 mile out and back trail and was able to run 90 percent of the trail as it wasn’t too treacherous but that may be subjective. My favorite daily runner when I’m in the area.

Wayne Kallio
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Should be rated easy, not moderate. Only a couple of long gentle slopes, and the trail is smooth and sandy and pretty.

Traci Randolph
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We love the views!

Valerie Ryan
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***Make sure to take the first shortcut if you only want to do 3.5 miles** The second shortcut is still 6-7 miles. Other than that, it was a great hike for the little ones, very flat.

Barb Mueller
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This is a nice trail for people with limited hiking experience.

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