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Out Wickenburg Way
Sophie's Flat was named for Sophie Burden an innkeeper who ran the Remuda Ranch aka a Wickenburg dude ranch. She was quite well known in the area and even Governor Paul Fannin (1959-1965)dubbed her the "the first lady of innkeeping". The flats and hills around the ranch were frequently used for trail rides and cookouts. This is evident today in the numerous trails and Jeep roads around.
The ranch was sold in 1968 and is now a treatment center for people with eating disorders. Although the ranch site is private, the area remains open to hikers and equestrians. A very large trailhead with plenty of separate parking for cars and horse trailers anchors the site's 7.1 mile main "A" loop trail.
The hike is fairly easy through the low hills or around Red Top Peak, with intersecting trails "B" and "C" allowing for shorter loop hikes. The trail is well marked and a handy map at the TH kiosk lays out the area quite well. Starting the "A" loop puts us fairly quickly with a Jeep road in a wash but then it wanders off on it's own. So with the maze of trails on a Sunday allowed us to not see a soul.
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