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The Nighthawk Wash Trail is located within the confines of Usery Mountain Park. It is a connector trail that runs from the Blevins Trail at its north end to the Channel Trail and then the Levee Trail at its south end. The trail does run in an active wash and it very soft sand. At its northern end the walls of the wash are no more then 4 feet high as it reaches the Levee it widens and the wall's disappear. It gets a large amount of horse traffic and hikers I have not seen many bike tracks make it more then 20 or 30 feet into the wash on either end. The trail is well shaded for most of its length by Palo Verde trees and large sage bushes. There are saguaro cactus and other desert cacti visible from the wash. Hiking on the trail is light there are no boulders to climb or bushwhacking as the trail is wide and easy to follow. The soft sand can be hard on the feet and there are spots along the way if you need to give your feet a little break. You can pick the trail up by using the Levee or Channel Trails on its southern end or from the main park area and connecting through the Blevins Trail. The Nighthawk Wash trail is 1 of 6 trails that cuts between Blevins, the Channel and Levee trail. The trail makes a great option for creating different loops in the park trail system.
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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.