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Roadrunner Trail - Lake Pleasant, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 0.85 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,818 feet
Elevation Gain 100 feet
Accumulated Gain 115 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5-1 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 1.23
Interest Ruins & Perennial Creek
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Author Al_HikesAZ
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Routes 88
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Trips 242 map ( 2,356 miles )
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Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:41am - 7:29pm
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Easy hike by the Lake - fun with young kids
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Easy hike by Lake Pleasant - fun with young kids

The Roadrunner Trail starts just north of the Visitor Center. It is an easy trail and well-marked. It is about 0.6 miles to the Restroom facilities at the Jet Ski Rental Parking Lot from the Visitor Center TH. You will probably not hike this as a trail from end to end and back but more likely will make numerous stops and detours down to the Lake. It should be a fun hike with young kids (5 - 12 years old) or with out of town guests who aren't in hiking shape. The trail starts as an asphalt trail for a few yards until it gets to a picnic bench. There are numerous picnic benches and two large Picnic Ramadas with covered picnic tables along the trail route. There are multiple side trails down to the "beach" and the water. Take a picnic lunch, a ground cloth, a tarp or tent for shade, floaties or life preservers, maybe even fishing poles (and hooks and bait and license), and make a day at the lake out of this hike. If the water is low, you can leave the trail about 0.2 miles into the hike, cross a small peninsula, and climb up a hill. At about 0.25 miles, there is a side trail to a small Native American ruin.

The Visitor Center is typically open from 10 am to 6 pm, and the Rangers and Volunteers can be amusing and informative. There is a short nature trail by the Visitor Center named the Desert Tortoise Trail.

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2011-07-02 Al_HikesAZ
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Permit $$
Maricopa Regional Parks - Fees more info

$7 per vehicle,$85 annual or trade your first born for the life pass

$2 walk, bike or horse ride into park

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From Phoenix
Head north on I-17 to the Carefree Highway (SR74)
Go west 10.8 miles to Castle Hot Springs Road
Head north 2.1 miles to the Lake Pleasant Access Road.
Pay and proceed through the pay station.
Follow the signs to the Visitor Center.
Go 0.8 miles to South Park Road and turn right, continue 1.8 miles onto Overlook Road, slight left North Overlook Road, stay left on North Overlook Road, and the Visitor Center will be ahead and slightly left.
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