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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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15  2019-04-30 RowdyandMe
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5  2019-02-10
6  2018-04-21
Phoenix Sonoran Preserve Highpoints
8  2018-01-31
Sidewinder Trail - Sonoran Perserve N
18  2017-12-19
Ocotillo-Sidewinder Loop
8  2017-11-15
Ridgeback Overlook Loop
31  2017-09-23
Octotillo/Ridgeback Trails
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Author MEWhiteman
author avatar Guides 40
Routes 91
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Trips 351 map ( 2,703 miles )
Age 75 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Nov, Jan, Mar → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  6:15am - 6:27pm
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Nice Little Trail
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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Most recent of 28 deeper Triplog Reviews
Ridgeback Trail - Sonoran Preserve N
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I have a backlog of trail write ups that I need to catch up on. Too much work, hiking and other activities and not enough time to encapsulate them. This was an after work run. Got to the Apache Wash TH just after 4pm. Did a clockwise lasso. Took Ocotillo to the Ridgeline - hit the vista - and then Ridgeline to Sidewinder to Ocotillo and back to the TH. Good run. Pain free for the most part (knees and feet are always chirping, some days louder than others). There had been a brief shower an hour earlier. Trails were dry, but there was a freshness to them which I always enjoy. Temps were great (still!! :D ) and there was no mugginess which is what you might expect after a May rain. Saw 4 hikers while I was out. Minimal wildlife.
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Phoenix Sonoran Preserve Highpoints
Hot Air Balloon morning, grabbed some photos on the drive in; about a dozen. They were pretty much all on the ground by the time I rounded the first hill.
HAZel was M.I.A.; I tried everything to get it to function correctly but it wasn't happening thus the 5 minutes in break (will send info to our Webmaster). Very disappointed as I like to see how I'm doing on workout hikes. Guessed at mileage and AEG using my old route and route editor.

I hiked C-clockwise from Apache Wash TH. Lots of hikers, bikers and all dogs were on a leash :o , one lizard and a couple song birds. Seemed like quite a few elderly out too; makes me think I need to find a harder trail for my workout hikes :lol: .

It was so nice out I extended my hike and came back around and did Apache View hill again. The trails are all in good shape. I could have hiked longer but I was getting hungry.

My bulging disk flareup is mostly gone now which is about normal healing for when it flares. I was worried since I'm five years older than the last time that it might take longer; thankfully not.
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O R S O - Sonoran Preserve North
:( my knee. Guess I'll rest it for the week and see what happens. First 3 miles were awesome as I didn't feel a thing but after that, my knee started hurting and the last mile I had to try and hike keeping it straight. I shouldn't have done the New Year's Day hike as apparently my knee just wasn't fully recovered as it hurt for the rest of the week but felt good Sunday morning.

Reminds me of the time in 1998 I hurt my back laying paving stones. Got the PENS treatment, thot it was healed, went back to laying paving stones, hurt my back, never healed but enough to get by without surgery (bulging disc).

Anyway, hiked Ocotillo to Ridgeback to Sidewinder and finished on Ocotillo. Lots of bikers out today and quite a few hikers, one horseback rider. Trails seem to be in great shape.
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Phoenix Sonoran Preserve Highpoints
The chance of precip was too high up north so back to Plan B, get up early and hike locally. I am still in prep mode for my Glacier Park backpack in a few weeks. Kelly came up with this route. A very nice alternative to Shaw Butte and same amount of drive time. Note to self, for monsoon weather hiking you are just going to have to get up at 5 :( (I did 5:30 AM today).

I was grateful for cloud cover and the occasional breeze from time to time. I did pull out my umbrella for the last mile though. I heard some coyotes and the cicadas were out as I came off of Ridgeback Overlook where I had stopped to edit some photos and do a FB post. There were a few others on the trail including several bike riders and other hikers and a couple runners that were glistening. Yep, the humidity was a little intense. The trail was in real nice shape.

This is my first monsoon hike of any substance and I lived to tell about it. :lol:
Oh, this is the first time that I can remember not putting ice in my water... prefer the ice.

Video - [ youtube video ] including Cicadas.
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Short hike in the furnace. Started off from the Apache Wash TH around 4:30. I did a loop involving the Ocotillo, Ridgeback, Sidewinder, Apache Wash and then back on Ocotillo. I saw a phoenix spontaneously combust, a salamander breath fire and then hot foot it across the trail, a caravan of camels heading towards a large lake with palm trees and a harem hiking hurriedly after. :D I actually had the trails to myself, though there were two other cars parked in the lot. Heat doesn't usually bother me, but I could feel it today. Jogged a little bit of the loop (about 2 miles) then the camels got in the way.
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Apache Wash
Nice 6 mile loop this morning out of Apache Wash Trailhead. One of the news channels mentioned fog in the valley this morning and I had good luck with fog between the ranges up here before. Unfortunately, that would not be the case today. None the less, still an excellent way to start the day. Too many people with misbehaving dogs today though. Almost got caught in a dog fight, twice!

Also, I took this opportunity to run Route Scout on my phone vs my Garmin GPS60 back to back and note the differences. My phone logged 5.71 miles and 941' AEG, the Garmin came up with 5.93 miles and 836' AEG. The extra AEG on the phone must be from repeatedly lifting from my pocket to my face to read all those super important emails and text messages :lol:
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Well I got my new inserts today and decided to try them out. The trails weren't to busy today and the weather was perfect.
It was nice to get in a little longer hike and seeing so much more green than I am used to seeing.
I did see a few more birds as well.
My new inserts will take a little getting used to as my doctor found my left leg is almost a half inch shorter than my right leg. Now I am waiting for my new brace to go with it.
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Today was all about Rowdy and the weather was as perfect as Rowdy could have asked for. We had cloudy skies all day with nice temperatures. We even got sprinkled on three different times. Now we never really got wet but we did get refreshed all three times who could ask for anything more.
We were taking a nice lunch break the first time it sprinkled on us and we did not move we just enjoyed it as we finished our lunch. The trails were really quiet today seen only one hiker and a couple of bike riders that was it. As far as wildlife birds only.
This was the hike that put Rowdy over 2000 miles for the year and it was perfect. This is really a nice hike for dogs.
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Just time for a quick one in town today, so I thought I would try out some new trail. The trails out here are all really well manicured, but I think this must be a much better area for biking than hiking especially judging by who I found out on the trail. I made my way up the Apache Vista trail, cut around over to the Ridgeback Overlook, and then back to Apache Vista for one more up to try and squeeze as much elevation gain as I could for the hike. Hard to imagine these two 'peaks' were included in this year's version of the Phoenix Seven Summit Challenge, I feel like I would have gotten more effort out of the Hedgepeth Hills...I managed to keep a 3.7 mph+ pace even on the uphill sections without running at all. There are at least some nice views of the real mountains up in Cave Creek from here.
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Ocotillo-Sidewinder Mini Loop
What a beautiful afternoon for a hike. Rowdy was in heaven with the cooler temperatures and a nice breeze.
We only saw one hiker on this beautiful day.

I was a little sad as I pulled into the trailhead I seen a beautiful Red-tailed Hawk on a dead bush. I stopped grabbed my camera and when I rolled down my window it just flew away. And it really looked great as it took off but I didn't get the picture just the memory, wow.

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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.
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