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Roadrunner Trail - Lake Pleasant, AZ
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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. From the Visitor Center TH it is about .6 miles to the Restroom facilities at the Jet Ski Rental Parking Lot. You will probably not hike this as a trail from end to end and back but more likely will take 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 numerous 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 .2 miles into the hike and cross a small peninsula and climb up a hill. At about .25 miles there is a side trail to a small Native American ruin.


The Visitor Center is typically open from 10am to 6pm 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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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
Author Al_HikesAZ
Descriptions 11
Routes 89
Photos 2,643
Trips 241 map ( 2,306 miles )
Age 85
Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Preferred   Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:22am - 7:31pm
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Easy hike by the Lake - fun with young kids
by Al_HikesAZ

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. From the Visitor Center TH it is about .6 miles to the Restroom facilities at the Jet Ski Rental Parking Lot. You will probably not hike this as a trail from end to end and back but more likely will take 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 numerous 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 .2 miles into the hike and cross a small peninsula and climb up a hill. At about .25 miles there is a side trail to a small Native American ruin.


The Visitor Center is typically open from 10am to 6pm 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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    Maricopa Regional Parks - Fees more info


    $6 per vehicle or $85 annual

    $2 walk, bike or horse ride into park


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    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 pay station.
    Follow the signs to the Visitor Center.
    Go .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.
    page created by Al_HikesAZ on Jul 02 2011 3:35 pm
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