Sidewinder, Apache Vista, Ocotillo Loop Trail

MODERATE 145 reviews

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.

6.5 miles
810 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


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.

1 month ago

Beautiful easy hike.

1 month ago

Easy going, moderate traffic, including bikes. Would do again.

1 month ago

Great day hike with lots of cactus and minor up and downs. It’s a multi use trail with lots of horses and mountain bikers. Everyone was very respectful. Made for a great afternoon.

6 months ago

Great trail!

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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!

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

Great views with interesting terrain options.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Great trail for a work out and a beautiful view from the vista. Beautiful sunsets!!

mountain biking
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Some great variation of terrain! Difficult climbing on the bike

Saturday, December 31, 2016

nice place to hike and bike

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

good hike

Monday, December 05, 2016

Easy hike. Well-marked trail. Decent views.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Great scenic trail and good starter trail for the hiking season here in AZ. To get a little more out of it, take the apache ridgeback trail to the ridgeback overlook summit to get a great view.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Easy quick hike that doesn't take you too far out of the city.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Great morning hike with my wife. Busy trail, will do it again.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Just completed this trail this morning. It's an easy to moderate trail. It's still over six miles so it helps to be in reasonably good shape. That said, all of the climbs, even to the summits, are pretty gentle, especially if your used to some of the summit trails in the Phoenix area. BTW, this trail is very dog friendly. It's also very popular with cyclists so keep your ears and eyes open for them.There are some great views and be sure to take both summit spurs (short and little steep but the view is worth it).

The trailhead has bathrooms but NO WATER so be sure to bring plenty.The trail is very well maintained and marked although using Alltrails makes it a breeze to navigate.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

beaver brawl good trail little rocky but but 80% of its flat

Thursday, November 19, 2015

We hiked this trail today under ideal conditions. 50's early and then maybe 60 by noon. This trail is easy to moderate with the climbs to Apache Vista and Ridgeback Overlook the most aggressive. The trail head is great with lots of parking and facilities. No water so bring your own. The trails are very smooth with very little scrabble to worry about. There are lots of bikers and a few horse so be careful as they come on you sometimes suddenly. A very nice hike for the average person.

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