Sidewinder, Apache Vista, Ocotillo Loop Trail is a 6.5 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.
dogs on leash
This is an excellent loop that is very well maintained, well sign posted and if you include the vista summit trail, a moderate work out. Massive Car Park, good restrooms, and plenty of seating. Make sure you bring plenty of drinking water. If you want near perfect desert views, on a very well designed and maintained trail, this will give you a good 2 mile loop (2.5 miles if including the summit). This is part of the Sonoran Preserve trail system and is has excellent signage throughout.
Soooooooooo many bikers. I got annoyed having to get out of their way so much.
The trail is rated moderate but it was pretty flat most of the time. I would guess it was rated moderate solely for length.
Good trail for trail running as there are far fewer rocky patches on this route.
There were great flowers on parts of the hike.
Beautiful flowers! Passed a few bikers but we had the most trails to ourselves. We hiked all most 8 MI. The most of trails were covered with flowers. It took my breath away. So beautiful! Enjoyed it very much!
Nice trail. Lots of wildflowers. Fairly easy with some elevation change. Literally a walk in the park for a reasonably fit person. Ran across a rattler on the trail on 3/14.
Great views with interesting terrain options.
Great trail for a work out and a beautiful view from the vista. Beautiful sunsets!!