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Hassayampa River Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wickenburg, Arizona that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 111 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Note: Due to COVID-19, the park is experiencing partial closures but the trails remain open. For more information, please see https://www.maricopacountyparks.net/covid-19/

hiking
fee
14 days ago

Nice trail that is mostly easy. We were able to use our jogging stroller, but there is deep sand that made it a bit of a challenge (I wouldn't recommend anything less than a decent jogging stroller because of the deep sand). It was a great family experience.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! Doesn’t feel at all like you’re so close to the Phoenix area. Pleasant change of scenery. Flat, easy. Lots of shade. Some sandy areas. Some fire ants made some of us nervous, but no one got bit...we just kept moving!

walking
off trail
1 month ago

bugs
fee
1 month ago

was a decent little walk. Avoid the Mesquite trail, very soft sad and its covered in fire ants which prevents you from staying stationary for more than a split second. One would think it would clear up but the ants have staked their claim to that trail. Other than that it was a good time.

hiking
1 month ago

Maricopa County has the park back open again. Nice COVID-19 features in place. Payment is touchless, for instance. $5 correct change or credit card. Lovely, easy trails.

1 month ago

Hassayampa River Preserve closed

walking
bugs
fee
1 month ago

Nice maintained path. River and pond. When we went the river was to high to get to the trails on the other side. Lots of shade.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Fun little walk around the loop. Saw a gofer popping in and out of the garden by the welcome center and saw some cool birds. Various trails to choose from so doesn’t feel too crowded.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail, plenty of parking, $5 fee per adult

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty trail. Great for families. I have a 6 and 8 year old and they loved it. The staff are very friendly.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy trails inside this nature preserve; well shaded so is a great stop in a warm area. A variety of easy short hikes within the park, very scenic and quiet. Make sure to take water!

hiking
10 months ago

2nd time here. Enjoyed the "oasis" nature of this trail on a hot, desert day.

bird watching
11 months ago

The Hassayampa River Trail system is a hidden gem of a trail area. It is neither rigorous nor remote, but it is a respite of huge trees, quiet streams and a shaded lake. The entrance is a building where a small fee is paid to a friendly, knowledgeable staff. Though all of the trails add up to only a few miles, it took me hours to meander through as I paused frequently to photograph colorful varieties of birds. The trails also have numerous benches and resting spots. One small out and a back leg of a trail climbs above the river bed. The view above the canopy is remarkable. Most notable species seen: Summer Tanagers Yellow-breasted Chat Vireos Song Sparrows Yellow Warblers Lucy’s Warbler Gnat-catchers Ladder-backed Woodpeckers (i’ll add photos)

hiking
Wed Jan 30 2019

The reserve is always in condition to be hiked with minimum gear and time. The entire area is 3.2 miles. The elevation gain is less then 200'. The area does not look like the desert at all. The place looks like Western Washington State. This area is a area i will continue to hike and have been since i retired here in 2013.

hiking
Sat Jan 05 2019

Very nice trails, easy to navigate, good for younger kids not to difficult. Very different foliage for AZ and reminded much of my home state of MIchigan on the trails, worth taking a look.

hiking
Sun Aug 12 2018

This is my second trip to the preserve this summer. Love the fact that there is shade everywhere courtesy of the many cottonwood, mesquite and willow trees that envelope you as you walk. The preserve contains several short trails that intersect and loop around. All are easy and well marked except for the Lyke's Lookout trail, which is moderate and takes you an elevation that overlooks the entire area. There were 2 problems with that trail. First, it is not marked and difficult to find the entrance. I was unable to find it, but fortunately a volunteer there steered me to the entrance. The second problem was that the plank crossing the river (more of a creek, actually) was washed away by recent monsoons and will not be replaced until monsoon season is over. So shoes got muddy getting to Lyke's Lookout. The place is surely serene, but did not see any wildlife although plenty of different bird calls were heard along the way.

Sun Jan 28 2018

It is very much for nature watching. Plenty of shade.

bird watching
Sun Nov 26 2017

Amazing place. Tons of educational parts, great for outdoorsy nature people or biology interests. Names of plants species and guided tours happen which make the place seem so much more interesting. A lot of wild life! And clear water. Nice little hike up a rock side with great view. Great for families and those would want to explore all trails for a little over 3 mile walk. Beautiful different little ecosystems.

Sat Nov 25 2017

Trees! Lots of trees enveloping you as you hike! : ) The area has a plethora of great wildlife to watch and Ranger Eric (staff included) is hospitable, easygoing, and informative. The trails are easy with the exception of Lykes Lookout which is slightly under 10 minutes of steep incline that leads to the summit where the view is wonderful! The area is peaceful and inviting. Check it out!

nature trips
Wed Nov 22 2017

This is the Hassayampa River Preserve and the trails are easy and the area beautiful. The hikes are rewarding. Bring binoculars for bird watching and spend time in the visitors center. The river is not deep or raging but the trickling and the various spots to sit among the trees listening to the birds is very tranquil

Sun Oct 08 2017

I had a nice solo morning adventure along three of the short trails: Palm Lake Loop, Lion, and Mesquite Meander. Very peaceful to watch the water babble and well shaded. There were families, friends, and couples also enjoying the trails. The visitor center includes information on the types of birds in the area. Cardinals are "early birds."

hiking
Thu Jun 01 2017

not a bad little hike. hike through mesquite bush keeping you cool in the summer around the small lake/pond. end with the lions head trail and dip your get r into the cool stream. very refreshing. bring lots of water in the summer .

hiking
Thu Jan 26 2017

This is actually the HASSAYAMPA RIVER PRESERVE. $6 per vehicle but very family friendly trails here. The paths around the preserve are so well kept and soft, your feet will thank you. I came here the day after an 8 mile hike and my feet felt great. Trail meanders along the river and takes you to a nice butte where you can get a good look around the area. Some cows and bulls grazing add some excitement along with an occassional sighting of a Javelina. The people at the preserve are very friendly and it's a quick trip from West side of Phoenix area.

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