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Apache Wash Trail is a 7.4 mile lightly 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, trail 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.

DISTANCE
7.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
206 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

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.

mountain biking
12 days ago

Apache wash to Escalade to CliffWalk back to Apache Wash Loop. Mostly old pasture which is great for speed and conditioning.

hiking
1 month ago

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!

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

mountain biking
1 month ago

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

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

2 months ago

Love the flow sections on the West side of this trail.

2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

trail running
3 months ago

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

5 months ago

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.

trail running
6 months ago

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.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

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

Monday, January 29, 2018

We love the views!

Monday, January 15, 2018

***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.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, November 26, 2017

Nice easy trail with a shortcut to make it 3.1 miles rather than 6.5 I believe in and out total.

hiking
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

This is actually a 6.5 mile loop. It’s flat but you can pick up other trails If you want to climb a little. I️ like it because I️ can move pretty quickly and it’s not heavily travelled the further out you get. There are two connectors along the way so you can shorten the distance.

mountain biking
Saturday, November 04, 2017

Friday, November 03, 2017

Good trail to take your guests

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

A nice, close by getaway for urbanites when time is tight. If you don't scan the horizon too hard and ignore the traffic signal on Carefree Highway, you can fairly well imagine yourself farther away than you really are.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

This trail has beautiful scenery of the desert and some great wildflowers this time of year. Not too difficult but a good trail when carrying my toddler on my back. Especially like the shortcut making the trail 3 mi instead of 7mi!

hiking
Friday, March 10, 2017

This trail starts out with a little climb that is beautiful with spring flowers and green grass, then descends to the dry river bed. It meanders across the dry bed several times and is just a nice flat trail, Very pretty. It is a long hike but because it's flat most of the way it's easy.

hiking
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

This is not an "out and back" unless you want it to be. It is now about a 6 1/2 mile loop. There are also a couple of connectors which can considerably shorten the loop. Nice easy trail that winds in, out, and along the wash.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Did Apache Wash today. I was looking for something new today and landed on this one on the opposite side of town for me. It actually is quite far north for me, almost to Cave Creek! It is a very interesting trail. It does not climb any mountains but is 6.59 miles from start to finish. That's a pretty long hike. It is also quite scenic, starting out with a small cactus forest. The wash sweeps across the trail and there are many warnings to not cross when flooded. Some of the side trails do climb mountains and I might go back to give them a try. It was a great hike.

hiking
Sunday, May 01, 2016

Nice trail did the 7 mile loop. bike traffic but very polite.

hiking
14 days ago

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