Sidewinder-Ocotillo-West Loop is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This loop starts at Carefree Hwy and 7th Ave, be aware there is limited parking at the trailhead. 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.
This is a great trail with plenty of varied terrain and a favorite to ride. Disappointed lately to see dog poop not being picked up and ruts in the trail formed from mountain bikes riding while it's still wet.
First time out on this trail. As an avid hiker, this loop was extremely easy. Although it's a great trail for joggers and bikers. Well groomed for the weekend, novice hikers. Needs more elevation gain..
Ocotillo-Sidewinder Loop. I enjoyed the Sidewinder Trail while the Ocotillo Trail is pretty flat and boring.