Sidewinder, Apache Vista, Ocotillo Loop Trail

MODERATE 159 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.

6 months ago

Beautiful easy hike.

7 months ago

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

7 months 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.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Great trail!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

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.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

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!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

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.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

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.

mountain biking
Saturday, July 25, 2015

This is one of the best 1st rides that you can do if you are starting out mountain biking. Easy to get to. Just head down dove valley from I-17 north and then east.

Monday, July 06, 2015

The trail is very well maintained and great for trail running, hiking or mountain biking. Typical Sonoran desert landscape and views.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Great trail, Great views, even the ride to the trail is amazing. Don't miss the short and not difficult trail to Apache Vista. On a clear day you can see every mountain range in the valley.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Beautiful trail! The cacti were in bloom. Definitely suggest a camel pack for water. The Nalgene bottle wasn't enough for this size trail.

Monday, February 10, 2014

This was a great hike with lots of wildflowers just coming through (Feb). Quite busy to start with as this loop shares with other trails. Lots of mountain bikes and even came across horseback riders. Great views all round, although the Sidewinder trail gets quite close to houses at times, and the Ocotillo trail gets close to the Sonoran Paseo pathway and road. Great loop for distance, well sign posted, make sure you take a copy of the map and plenty of water.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

This is an excellent Trail for Hiking, Mountain Biking or Horse riding, with amazing views of untouched desert. If you want to add some additional difficulty, include the Apache Vista Summit in your hike or ride.
Well worth the drive out to the Apache Wash Trailhead just off the Sonoran Desert Drive.
Please remember to bring Plenty of water with you as there is no drinking water available.

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