Sidewinder and Ocotillo Trail Loop

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Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve

Sidewinder and Ocotillo Trail Loop is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cave Creek, 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.

Length5.2 miElevation gain531 ftRoute typeLoop
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This loop starts at Carefree Hwy and 7th Ave. The Ocotillo part of the trail is relatively flat and the Sidewinder part has some good elevation changes. Great Sonoran Desert scenery and views. This loop can get busy with mountain bikes and has some moderate elevation changes on the sidewinder part of the trail. The Ocotillo trail gets close to Dove Valley road in a few places, other than that you are well into the desert. Watch out for snakes, although mountain bikes usually make enough noise to keep them away from trails. There is no water at the trailhead or on the trail - take at least 2 liters! There is also no shade available.

No facilities, limited dirt area for parking (not an official car park).

From I17 take Carefree Hwy east for about 3 miles. Space for parking is on the south side of Carefree Hwy just before 7th Ave.

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Jennifer Wanderer
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Francis Chaten
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Nice day. Lots of bikers.

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Lindsay Anderson
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Heidi Hill
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I meant to make a bigger loop, but must have missed a turn

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Jill Peterson
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Jennifer Wanderer
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Drew Stearns
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Jeff Stillman
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Janet Jelenic
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james washington
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Julia Whitson
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Nice easy hike

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Colin Moran
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Nice hike.

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isabella aman
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Jana Davis
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Brian Steiger
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Definitely two different trails. Sidewinder had some minor elevation gains, unfortunately the only views were of the radio/tv antennas. Ocotillo was flat and mostly bordered by roads. Glad I did it but no need to return.

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Ryan Foltz
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Real nice trail. The back half is quiet and not as heavily traveled

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Dana Edwards
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kerry banas
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Jacklyn Anderson
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Francis Chaten
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Nice, lots of traffic noise for the first half.

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Pete Paidarakis
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Nothing special. Maybe time of year. Good hiking trail if slightly hungover and want to get all your steps in.

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Amy Garcia
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Joe Gillespie
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Miki Godlaski
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Drew Stearns
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Barbara Lucas
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Seung Lee
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Zach Thoenen
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Well maintained trail overlooking carefree highway.

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JAMES CARLSON
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Just o.k. Nice view of mountains in distance. Ocotillo trail a little boring. Sidewinder with more elevation was fun. Could be a pretty trail when wildflowers are blooming.

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Larissa Mclain
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My favorite hike also known as “hike of the big fan” ...

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