Palo Verde Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews
#45 of 120 trails in

Palo Verde Trail is a 7.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.6 miles
803 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


trail running




wild flowers

This hike follows Palo Verde trail 512 along the shoreline of Bartlett Reservoir from Rattlesnake Cove to SB Cove. From early to mid April you cannot beat this for variety of blooming flora.

10 months ago

Bartlett Lake was beautiful. This trail is deseaving. The mileage is one way, not round trip and as others state, the trails are not maintained and not marked in many areas. We got off trail several times. Made out about 5 miles till we couldn't find the trail any longer and decided to turn around and head back. Be sure you are using a downloaded map and some kind of clippers to cut back thorny bushes to pass through the trails where it has over grown.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Meandering perimeter Bartlett Lake trail. Spring (March) wildflowers extraordinaire! Be sure to go N (left) upon parking at Rattlesnake Cove picnic/beach area for true full Palo Verde trail (512?) hike: 4+mile out (8+ RT if you go to the end). Another hiking website directions say to go Right (S) from parking lot but that's Trail 511 leading towards marina (1 mile). Sparsely trafficked & spectacular!

Sunday, April 03, 2016

the area is beautiful, with the lake and blooming cactus but it was one of the most poorly maintained and poorly marked trails that I've been. trying to stay on the trail was difficult at times and when I went the jumping cactus were out in force. there were no other hikers on the trail which is unusual for this area. if you go take plenty of water and wear a hat, very little shade.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Great Lake views on a well groomed, mostly very easy to follow trail, with more up and down than suggested by elevation profile.

Parking and drive to trailhead is easy. Remember to buy Tonto Pass before you go. Pay $6 before or risk $50 fine. The very well groomed Trail goes up and down and up and down along lake shore. This would make a food trail run, but it's getting just a bit too warm for me to run.

I saw no one else on the trail although the lake had many boats. Some quite noisy. The cactus were in bloom and very pretty. Almost no shade so remember to bring sunscreen and hat. Also even though it was on trail my shoes seemed to attract some cactus detritus than I expected, so I recommend taking a comb, pliers, or lite gators.

5 months ago

5 months ago

8 months ago

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017