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Ridgeback Trail - Sonoran Preserve N, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1.62 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,876 feet
Elevation Gain 224 feet
Accumulated Gain 272 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.6 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 2.53
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Author MEWhiteman
author avatar Guides 42
Routes 93
Photos 802
Trips 354 map ( 2,723 miles )
Age 77 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Nov, Jan, Mar → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  5:18am - 7:42pm
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by MEWhiteman

Overview: The Ridgeback Trail is one of several trails in the northern area of the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve. It crosses a hill near the east end of the park providing good views in all directions from the top. I've described it hiking from the Sidewinder Trail in a southeasterly direction which is opposite the milepost numbering by the city to its end at the Ocotillo Trail. The trail is marked with an "R" on a green background.

Hike: Beginning at the Sidewinder Trial milepost 2.50 (N33 46.961 W112 03.579) which is also indicated by Ridgeback Trail milepost 1.53 hike gradually down through a small valley and then begin a gradual climb. There are a couple of switchbacks as you climb. At 1.25 miles (MP .60 N33 46.459 W112 03.315) the junction with the Ridgeback Overlook Trail on the right is reached at the highpoint on the Ridgeback trail. Bear left (downhill) to stay on the Ridgeback Trail. At 1.35 miles (MP .55 N33 46.442 W112 03.276) you reach a second junction where the Ridgeback Overlook meets this trail. Turn sharp left (downhill) to stay on the Ridgeback Trail. Continue descending through a switchback to the end of the trail at the junction with the Ocotillo Trail at 1.62 miles (Ridgeback MP 0.00, Ocotillo MP 0.68, N33 46.244 W112 03.231).

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2013-05-20 MEWhiteman
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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
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.

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Directions: This trail is reached from either the Sidewinder Trail or Ocotillo Trail. See directions for those trails to plan you trip.
page created by MEWhiteman on May 20 2013 3:18 pm
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