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Ocotillo Trail - Sonoran Preserve North, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 6.51 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,735 feet
Elevation Gain 100 feet
Accumulated Gain 699 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.84
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4  2018-11-21 RowdyandMe
6  2018-04-21
Phoenix Sonoran Preserve Highpoints
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8  2018-02-18 black_toes
8  2018-01-31
Sidewinder Trail - Sonoran Perserve N
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18  2017-12-19
Ocotillo-Sidewinder Loop
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8  2017-11-15
Ridgeback Overlook Loop
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19  2017-11-11 rrshort
31  2017-09-23
Octotillo/Ridgeback Trails
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Preferred   Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  7:32am - 5:46pm
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Sidewinder Trail - Sonoran Perserve N
Sidewinder Trail - Sonoran Perserve N
0.0 mi away
7.2 mi
996 ft
Skip Rimsza Connector - Sonoran Preserve North
0.1 mi away
0.5 mi
9 ft
Apache Wash Loop - Sonoran Preserve North
Apache Wash Loop - Sonoran Preserve North
0.2 mi away
6.7 mi
332 ft
Badger Brawl Trail - Sonoran Preserve North
Badger Brawl Trail - Sonoran Preserve North
0.4 mi away
3.4 mi
356 ft
East Skip Rimsza Paseo - Sonoran Preserve N
0.4 mi away
1.9 mi
76 ft
West Skip Rimsza Paseo - Sonoran Preserve N
West Skip Rimsza Paseo - Sonoran Preserve N
0.4 mi away
3.1 mi
159 ft
Apache Vista Trail - Sonoran Preserve N
Apache Vista Trail - Sonoran Preserve N
0.5 mi away
0.8 mi
168 ft
Esplanade Trail - Sonoran Preserve North
Esplanade Trail - Sonoran Preserve North
0.5 mi away
3.4 mi
127 ft
Apache Wash Trail - Sonoran Preserve N
0.5 mi away
0.4 mi
7 ft
Southern Apache Wash Loop Connector - SPN
0.7 mi away
0.3 mi
8 ft
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The Meanderer
by MEWhiteman

Likely In-Season!
Overview: The Ocotillo Trail is one of several trails in the northern area of the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve. It runs the length of the trail system in this part of the park as does the Sidewinder Trail to the north, described separately. The Ocotillo Trail roughly parallels the new Dove Valley Road and the Sonoran Paseo although it meanders quite a bit. It starts and ends in the same places as the Sidewinder Trail forming a long loop. There are a number of junctions or cutoff trails allowing for numerous loop hikes by combining these trails. The trail generally sticks to the lowland while some of the other trails climb the hills for better views, but does gain some elevation at the western end. On the hills to the north you'll be able to spot the Sidewinder Trail in many places. The Ocotillo Trail is well marked with an "O" on an orange background and is easy to follow.


Hike: This hike is described from east to west following the increasing milepost numbers. Beginning at the junction of the Ocotillo and Sidewinder Trails at the east end of the trail system (MP 0.00, N33 46.121 W112 02.639) keep left on the Ocotillo Trail. This part of the trail is fairly level and does not meander much. At .37 miles (MP .35, N33 46.284 W112 02.932) there is a junction with the Apache Trail where you keep left on the Ocotillo. After a little gain in elevation you come to the junction with the Ridgeback Trail at .69 miles (MP .68, N33 46.242 W112 03.232) where you stay straight on the Ocotillo. Soon the trail begins its twisty phase and undulates over bumps and through washes for a few miles. At 1.31 miles (N33 46.421 W112 03.717) you pass an access trail on the left to the Sonoran Paseo. This is a concrete pathway along the new Dove Valley Road through the park. The Paseo is about 5 miles long and is open to walkers, bikers, wheel chairs, etc.

The Ocotillo Trail continues past another access trail to the Paseo at 2.03 miles (MP 2.00, N33 46.613 W112 04.156) and a third access trail to the Paseo at 2.56 miles (MP 2.50, N33 46.888 W112 04.426). At 2.99 miles (MP 2.91, N33 47.182 W112 04.533) join with the Sidewinder Trail. Go left on the Ocotillo to continue. Go right on the Sidewinder to reach the Central Ave. access or to form a loop. Continuing on the Ocotillo Trail at 3.25 miles (N33 47.137 W112 04.752) leave the joint Ocotillo/Sidewinder Trail by going left at the junction. Going right will follow the Sidewinder Trail around some hills back to the trailhead in less distance but more elevation gain than following the Ocotillo Trail. Continue on the Ocotillo Trail where you come to another Paseo access at 3.53 miles (MP 3.41, N33 47.096 W112 04.967) where you go right to stay on the Ocotillo. At 4.03 miles (MP 3.89, N33 47.095 W112 05.271) you reach the final Paseo access point at the closest point between the Ocotillo and Paseo. Bear right to stay on the Ocotillo Trail as it swings away from the Paseo for the last time and heads into a hilly area and to the 7th Avenue trailhead. There are a number of old 4WD tracks here but it easy pretty easy to stay on the trail. At about 5 miles begin the last, longest but gradual climb over .85 miles to the highest point on this particular trail. The trail ends at the final junction with the Sidewinder Trail at 6.51 miles (MP 6.27, N33 47.925 W112 04.980).

MEWhiteman
  • Sonoran Preserve - North Map
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    Sonoran Preserve - North Map
  • SPN - West Side Map
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    SPN - West Side Map
  • SPN - East Side Map
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    SPN - East Side Map

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: West End: Desert Hills Trailhead located at the southwest corner of Carefree Highway and 7th Avenue. From I-17 take exit 223 Carefree Highway (SR-74) and travel east to traffic light at 7th Avenue. Turn right into developed trailhead. From north Scottsdale take Carefree Highway west. Turn left at the 7th Avenue light into developed trailhead. There are bathrooms, shade and plenty of parking.

East End: Apache Wash Trailhead, 1600 Sonoran Desert Drive, N 33 46.103 W 112 02.654. From the west take Exit 222 off I-17. Continue to traffic light at Dove Valley Road. Go east on Dove Valley Road. At 5.1 miles from light the road name becomes Sonoran Desert Drive and in another .1 miles turn left into trailhead entrance. From the east from Loop 101 in north Phoenix, take Cave Creek Road (Exit 28) and go 4.5 miles north to Sonoran Desert Drive. Turn left (west) and continue 3.5 miles to the trailhead on the right. There are plenty of parking, bathrooms and shade.
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