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Cliff Walk Trail - Sonoran Preserve North, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.88 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,766 feet
Elevation Gain 190 feet
Accumulated Gain 554 feet
Avg Time One Way 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.73
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Esplanade-Cliff Walk Loop
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Author RowdyandMe
author avatar Guides 6
Routes 333
Photos 13,162
Trips 1,429 map ( 8,804 miles )
Age 64 Male Gender
Location Deer Valley, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Nov, Jan, Mar → 7 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  7:05am - 6:19pm
Official Route
8 Alternative
Nearby Area Water
South Cliff Walk Badger Connector - SPN
0.7 mi away
0.3 mi
11 ft
Esplanade Trail - Sonoran Preserve North
Esplanade Trail - Sonoran Preserve North
1.0 mi away
3.4 mi
127 ft
Badger Brawl Trail - Sonoran Preserve North
Badger Brawl Trail - Sonoran Preserve North
1.1 mi away
3.4 mi
356 ft
North Cliff Walk Badger Brawl Connector
1.3 mi away
0.5 mi
10 ft
Southern Apache Wash Loop Connector - SPN
1.3 mi away
0.3 mi
8 ft
Esplanade Cliff Walk Connector
1.3 mi away
0.3 mi
31 ft
Sidewinder Trail - Sonoran Perserve N
Sidewinder Trail - Sonoran Perserve N
1.5 mi away
7.2 mi
996 ft
Ocotillo Trail - Sonoran Preserve North
Ocotillo Trail - Sonoran Preserve North
1.5 mi away
6.5 mi
699 ft
Skip Rimsza Connector - Sonoran Preserve North
1.5 mi away
0.5 mi
9 ft
Apache Vista Trail - Sonoran Preserve N
Apache Vista Trail - Sonoran Preserve N
1.6 mi away
0.8 mi
168 ft
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Not your Cliffs of Dover
by RowdyandMe

Likely In-Season!
From the Apache Wash Trailhead you need to start on the Apache Wash Loop Trail. Hike for a half mile then connect to the Badger Brawl Trail for the next 1.55 miles where you will reach the Cliff Walk Trail. The Cliff Walk Trail is 2.88 miles one way.

Once you are on this trail it is easy to figure out where the name came from. The trail follows the Cave Creek river bed for its entire length. The trail has some great views of the area and is well marked all way.

I did not see any other hikers on trail but did see about a half a dozen bike riders. It seems like a great place to ride bikes too. Lots of birds and butterflies witnessed on my February hike.

My hike started at Apache Wash Trailhead. I hiked to the end of the Cliff Walk Trail which ends at a bridge on the E. Carefree Hwy. From there I retraced my route back to the Apache Wash TH for a 10.15 mi out-n-back hike. There may be unofficial places to park near the north end of the trail along the E. Carefree Hwy. Which in theory would allow you to do a 6 mi out-n-back hike.

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2015-02-22 RowdyandMe
  • 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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Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From Phoenix take the 101 east and exit on N Cave Creek Rd. Head North until you reach E.Sonoran Desert Dr. Turn left and drive about five miles and turn right on Apache Wash Trailhead. There are restrooms at the trailhead but no drinkable water.
page created by RowdyandMe on Feb 21 2015 8:53 pm
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