Ocotillo, Ridgeback and Sidewinder Loop

MODERATE 62 reviews

Ocotillo, Ridgeback and Sidewinder Loop is a 4.5 mile moderately 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.

Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 547 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash


horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running



wild flowers

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.

3 months ago

AW 2 miler solo

mountain biking
4 months ago

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.

7 months ago

Nice hike

9 months ago

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

Thursday, April 05, 2018

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.

Friday, February 23, 2018

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

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Great views and trail well marked.

mountain biking
Monday, November 27, 2017

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.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

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.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Beautiful day and relatively easy trail

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A great walk. Some challenging terrain with uphill ascents.

trail running
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

great desert run - bring a cap and plenty of water (no shade on the trail) - trailhead is nicely marked as are the waypoints.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Nice views. I would rate as easy not moderate.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easy trail good for a nice morning hike.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Nice easy/moderate loop.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

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.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

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

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Monday, February 03, 2014

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.

6 months ago

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