Sidewinder, Apache Vista, Ocotillo Loop Trail

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Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve

Sidewinder, Apache Vista, Ocotillo Loop Trail is a 10.5 kilometer 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.

Distance: 10.5 km Elevation Gain: 247 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

Nice hike. Apache Wash very flat. Sidewinder has wide trails, very few rocks. Ridgeback is up and over the hills, easy grades. Great views. Lots of desert flowers in bloom.

Beautiful morning hike!

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no shade
1 month ago

It’s really beautiful this time of year with all is the flowers and colorful foliage

2 months ago

Great hike. Wild flowers are in bloom and cacti are starting to do the same.

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rocky
2 months ago

Good hike; Sidewinder portion gives more elevation. Quite a few mountain bikes on trail; be prepared to step aside a ton to let them by. Not as many wildflowers as I had hoped. Otherwise, really good trail.

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off trail
rocky
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

Beautiful trail with wildflowers everywhere. Pretty rocky and lots of mountain bikers. My kids went with no problem.

Parking is kinda crappy bring that it’s tucked in private property. Once you get over that it’s an amazing trail to take if you need something a little easygoing but still need that distance in a hike work up a sweat. High traffic the later in the day it’s gets. Go as early as possible.

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4 months ago

The trail is great, the issue I have is that on this site, it appears that ocotillo is a LOOP trail. IT IS NOT, unless you incorporate Ocotillo with sidewinder and another trail. My bad that I didn’t recognize this BEFORE I hiked the 6.3 miles point to point. I’ll be using REI’s hiking app from now on.

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rocky
4 months ago

Avoid this trail if you are hiking. Sidewinder Trail is packed with bikers and there isn’t much room to move over when they need to get by. If you are mountain biking here you will feel at home. There are plenty of hikes in the Valley that are better suited toward hiking.

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6 months ago

11/16/19- Phoenix Summit Challenge PHX7, Summit #4 and #5 Completed! :D

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6 months ago

Easy trail, well maintained lots of mountain bikers or would have given 5 star, will do again!

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no shade
6 months ago

Did Apache Vista via sidewinder and it was great. Nice views any time of day. Looking forward to coming back and doing a bigger loop.

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7 months ago

Too many bikers. I started at 6:30am and finished 9:15. Literally had 25 bikers ride past me

if you take a dog, keep them on a leash. lots of cacti and lots of spines on/near the trail too. lots of bikers

11 months ago

great trail

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rocky
Sat May 18 2019

Super great views and well maintained..a lot of bikers though so be mindful when hiking/running

mountain biking
Fri Apr 19 2019

Climbs to top will test your cardio. Descent is fun as is flow on Ocotillo back to the trailhead.

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Thu Mar 14 2019

A really nice hike, and not at all difficult - there are some gorgeous views along the way.

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Sun Feb 24 2019

Great mix hike of up and downs. good distance and decent steep climbs but not overwhelming.

Sat Feb 23 2019

Enjoyed hiking this trail, good for biking too. Moderate traffic, not strenuous. Restrooms a plus.

Tue Dec 11 2018

We hiked this area today and loved it! The trails intercept one another and you can decide which way to go and how long to hike. It is easy and not too rocky or challenging, just a nice outdoor walk/hike, and many local residents are around walking their dogs and biking. Not strenuous hiking at all.

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Thu Nov 22 2018

Solid hike with great views in all directions.

Tue Nov 06 2018

Well designed and maintained trail. It is quite moderate in elevation gain but to a nice viewpoint at Apache Vista. For an easy but enjoyable hike try this area.

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