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Ocotillo, Ridgeback and Sidewinder Loop

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Phoenix, Arizona

Ocotillo, Ridgeback and Sidewinder Loop is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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.

Length 4.5 mi Elevation gain 547 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Walking Running Views Wild flowers
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Great moderate loop which includes a summit, great views and Classic Sonoran Desert scenery. Multiple access points and other connecting trails allows for the loop to be changed if required. Awesome views and a great moderate workout. You can skip the 1/4 mile summit if desired, but would recommend taking the extra effort for the views. Watch out for mountain bikes which use the trails regularly. Take plenty of water (at least 2 liters) as there is no water available on these trails.

Plenty of Parking, restrooms, seating and shade structures. Information on the trails and events is also posted at the trailhead.

From I17 Take Dove a Valley road west to Sonoran Desert Drive and the Apache Wash Trail car park is on the left.

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Rose Sharman
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Rolf Fiebrich
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Running

This is one of my favorite running trails. Five miles, nice elevation gain. A few sections have sharp rocks though. During the summer I get there at sunrise to beat the heat.

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Westen W
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Hiking

A nice loop with one good climb (either way you hit it). Add on both summit spurs for a little extra burn/distance. Usually there are quite a lot of mountain bikers on the Sidewinder/Ocotillo portions... not today, though.

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Jason R
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Francis Chaten
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HikingNo shade

Great loop. Lots of bikers on this Sunday morning

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Lydia C
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Hiking

Great run with beautiful lookout and some elevation gain. No shade, bring water and do it early or late in the day!

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Westen W
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Hiking

It's a nice big loop with a couple of notable climbs. Worth hitting the spurs that take you up to the actual summits of the two small mountains. Great for getting a good amount of distance without too much steep terrain. The Sidewinder portion is pretty heavy with mountain bikers, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Dylan Witzig
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Mountain biking

great trail. earlier you get there the better.

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Debra Salins
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This hike on a spring day is amazing! Colorful flowers and blooming cactus everywhere, and the trail is a moderate one. There are a few inclines but no serious elevation change. The scenery and views of the surrounding mountains are fantastic as well.

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Annie Kitchen
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Hiking

Beautiful wildflowers along the hike today, especially on the east side of Sidewinder and near the intersection of Sidewinder and Ridgeback. Lots of lupine and Mexican poppies, as well as brittlebush and purple owl's clover. Plenty of solitude once you are a couple miles into the Sidewinder trail, too.

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Frankie J
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O M G! Amazing hike. Glad I had my map open on the app... it did get a little confusing and I ended up having to turn around once but it wasn’t a big deal. I noticed in time so it wasn’t major! This was my first solo hike and I felt safe and aware of my surroundings. It’s just a little day hike and it took me about 2 hours but I still brought my Gregory Nano 18 with 3 liters of water and a bunch of snacks because ya never know. Anyway, amazing views the entire time! Lots of bikers but I went about 4 miles without seeing anyone else on the trail. Overall, I will be doing this hike again and next time I’m bringing my pupper to join!!! Highly recommend!! Side note: the terrain is super rocky so bring some good trail runners or comfy hiking boots. I tried running some of it and decided against it because my shoes. I wasn’t aiming for a broken ankle today, lol.

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Emily Sharp
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Rob N
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Mountain biking

Two longer but mostly gradual climbs with a few steep rocky sections will test your cardio. Descent to Ocotillo and then flow back to AW trailhead is fun.

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Kurt Tautenhan
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Nice hike

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Spring Graf
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Hiking

We started at 14th Street,which is much closer to us. Easy, not moderate. Road noise.

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Arlyn Herrera
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Hiking

Great hike! Hiked this trail in early March. Weather was perfect but found no wildflowers. Same time last year was awesome with lots of wildflowers.

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Josh Morton
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Hiking

Ok, but quite boring. Very little diversity of views, terrain, vegetation, etc. Trail was generally walker friendly and flat.

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Mike Mayberry
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Great views and trail well marked.

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Karie I.
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Mountain biking

Fun hike! Not difficult. Some areas may be a little slippery. Plenty of joining trials to try also! You can make your hike as long or short as you prefer.

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Nathaniel Ferguson
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Hiking

Good, new hiking trails in the area. The city obviously spent a lot of time and money to make this nice park for people to enjoy. You can hike, mountain bike, run, or ride your horses here. There's something for the whole family. Pretty desert scenery, which would probably be more enjoyable during a sunset or full moon. The trails themselves are a little boring though; not much challenge. This should be rated easy. I may have to get my bike out here and give it a spin.

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Ben McKeown
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Nice views. I would rate as easy not moderate.

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Justin Cassiani
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Easy trail good for a nice morning hike.

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Brian Snyder
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Nice easy/moderate loop.

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Kiley Sullivan
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Hiking

This is a good trail for trail running. The trails are pretty clear compared to other local hikes. I was somewhat annoyed by the number of bikers and having to get out of their way so much. For that reason alone I do t think I will frequent this trail much.

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Shaun Abbott
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Hiking

Decent hike, moderate views. Good place for a beginner hiker.

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Melissa Baldoni
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Amazing!!!

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Trevor Harwood
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This is a very good moderate hike which can include a summit for great views. The Ridgeback and summit is the moderate part of the hike, the rest is quite easy and relatively flat. The north side of the loop gets quite close to some houses which takes away from the otherwise remoteness of the trail. Multiple success points and lots of trails crossing this loop allows you to change the distance a little.

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Mark Cochrane
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Chet Hoehn
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Claude Eatherly
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