Badger Springs Wash Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cordes Junction, Arizona that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.5 miElevation gain101 ftRoute typeOut & back
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A beautiful hike just outside of Phoenix that is about 70% rock hopping, the rest sand and water. The trail can be extended past the petroglyphs by bushwhacking another 3/4 of a mile. One is treated with numerous rock formations and small cascades when you do. The trail is sandy for many segments with uneven surfaces. Wet feet are common during the winter, spring, and after rain events. Beware of summer monsoons which may produce flash flooding in the area. If you are caught in a monsoon event, get to higher ground immediately.

ample parking at the trail head. A restroom is enroute along the road in just before you get to the trailhead.

Agua Fria National Monument 21605 N. 7th Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85027-2929 (623) 580-5500 Nearest medical facility is John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital in north Phoenix (623-879-5351; 19829 N. 27th Ave.)

Off Interstate 17, take exit #256, the Badger Springs exit. Follow the rough, sometimes muddy gravel road for approximately one mile east to the trailhead parking area.

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Brad Weinfeld
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Juliane Cruz
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Gary Caruso
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Nice day out before the blooms bring in bees. Good bit of water at the end of the trail was nice. Great time with the dogs to on a fairly active quick trail

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Peter Danielsen
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Tiny amount of water flowing along and through the trail. Found the petroglyphs on the left where trail meets the river. Saw 4 other people.

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Gary Scott
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Scott Johnson
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Some more water after 3 days of rain n snow.

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Kathleen Sprattler
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Kyla Chase
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Perfect beginners hike !!

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Gary Scott
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Kevin Ghaswala
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Olga Higbee
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Good easy trail. Virtually no water. Well shaded about the last 1/3 of the way.

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A J
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Kathleen Sprattler
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hiked in the canyon. Followed river bed. Then came to a rocky and large boulder part of the river. Beautiful Canyon landscape.

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Scott Johnson
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Fun....bouldering is optional.

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Scott Johnson
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9009 Trail. soft walking

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carlos zapata
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Stephanie Hoepelman
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Jen Di Nello
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The trail is overgrown in a lot of places, pushing you into the muddy wash, culminating in a completely dry Agua Fria River. Very disappointing.

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Vic Anderson
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Went out with my dog as it is listed as pet friendly. It totally was. Saw a few other dogs with their humans out as well. It's easy to get to as it's the only road off the Badger Springs exit on I17. Pass the first overflow parking area, drive down a short graveled road, past the 2 toilets, and there you are. The trail is unmarked once you start. Keep the All Trails on record so you know where you are. Most of my hike was "off trail" in the wash. My boy's paws did get muddy and sandy and a few burrs on his ankles. But he refused the doggie boots. Even in December, I got a bit overheated; so, bring plenty of water. It's a beautiful and serene hike. It is fun to be on again and off again the trail. But it's definitely not an "easy" hike. There is little elevation change but due to the more "wild" nature of the area, I'd put it at high easy, low medium.

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Vic Anderson
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Doreen Lawrence
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Easy hike through a narrow wash. Some petroglyphs around the end of hike

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Janet Golio
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Geology, Archaeology, and History Guide to Badger Springs Trail is a fun and educational way to do the trail. A 12 page illustrated guide can be viewed or downloaded free at Golio.net.

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Carol Adams
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Such a pleasant easy trail this time of year. A little water to step over, but a great little hike. Don’t forget to look at the petroglyphs above the river at the end of the trail!

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Scott Johnson
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I did the extended hike, 6.9 miles. There are three trails, you can do one or more. Gorgeous sunny 50° December day. Bring water, good shoes, and hiking poles. Met someone who fell, and was able loan my sticks to help her get out. It's very rocky, if you have bad knees.

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ian dziuk
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The trail was easy to lose at times. We brought our pup with us, and he kept getting snagged on the trail brush. There were pools of stagnant water that he tried to drink from too. I’m sure it would be much more fun after AZ gets a day of rain.

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