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Sidewinder - Apache Wash Loop Connector, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 0.52 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,787 feet
Elevation Gain 30 feet
Avg Time One Way 10 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 0.62
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Author AZWanderingBear
author avatar Guides 27
Routes 62
Photos 2,620
Trips 700 map ( 4,689 miles )
Age 63 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Nov, Jan, Mar
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:13am - 6:32pm
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Apache Connections
by AZWanderingBear

The Sonoran Preserve North has seen some trail development in the eastern end lately with the Apache Wash Loop, Badger Brawl, Esplanade and Cliff Walk Trails. Several connector trails provide multiple options for loops and better access. There is now a connector from the Sidewinder Trail to the new Apache Wash Loop located near the 14th Street Trailhead.

From the gate at 14th street, proceed south a hundred or so yards until you link in with the Sidewinder trail. Shortly thereafter the connector to the Apache Wash Loop departs to the east. This short trail is fairly flat but crosses 2 washes and offers a variety of flora.

For those hikers approaching the Preserve from its northern side, this connector provides some nice options for loop hikes of greatly varying mileage using the newer trails in the eastern portion of the preserve.

There is no water along this trail, at the 14th Street TH or at the Apache Wash TH 2 miles to the south.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2015-04-23 AZWanderingBear
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Most recent Triplog Reviews
Sidewinder - Apache Wash Loop Connector
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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.
Sidewinder - Apache Wash Loop Connector
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Strung together a bunch of SPN trails to create a longer than normal workout. Swung back by the trailhead for lunch under the ramada, changed socks and shoes and took off again. Not much breeze, but intermittent cloud cover helped.

Saw two Western DBacks along the trails in the afternoon. The first was the largest and most polite -- a soft gentlemanly rattle at about 5 feet. The last one was smaller and far more agitated. Gave them both a wide enough berth and pressed on.

Nice day to be on the trails. Now off to soak the dogs. They are certainly tired.

Just the normal smattering of color.
Sidewinder - Apache Wash Loop Connector
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Well I spent most of the day at the Mayo Clinic but did have a nice lunch at Bourbon Jacks Bar and Grill.
I made it home in time to take Rowdy out for a hike. The trailhead was a pretty busy for a work day. The weather was just awesome for a afternoon hike and Rowdy was a happy camper.
Sidewinder - Apache Wash Loop Connector
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After yesterdays hike it was nice to have something a little shorter today. Of course the trailhead was busy this morning lot of bike riders out as well as family outings.
The weather was perfect and Rowdy really enjoyed this hike as I let him do some running once we got away from the crowds.
Sidewinder - Apache Wash Loop Connector
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This hike just came up as I had a busy morning. Trailhead was pretty empty when we started but it really was busy when we finished. We had a really nice breeze throughout the hike and the sky never stopped changing, amazing.
The parking lot was filling up with bike riders as we finished maybe thirty or so in a group. As we were pulling out of the parking lot they all started heading out on the Apache Wash Loop trail.
I was a much nicer evening than I thought it would be and Rowdy got a lot of attention and he handle it well.
Sidewinder - Apache Wash Loop Connector
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Apache Wash Loop from 14th Street
Had seen the east end of a new connector trail from the Sonoran Preserve North's little used 14th Street TH. Today's hike was to find and map the new connector plus get in a few miles.

Temps were a just a tad higher than I like but there were cloud shadows now and then and a very nice breeze. Not many folks on the trails. At the Apache Wash TH, we did run into a couple that were mountain biking the area for the first time. They had started at the 7th Ave access point (future developed trailhead). They had followed the Sidewinder thinking it was a loop and that they had to be pretty close to where they started. I consider 7 miles reasonably close, but they didn't seem to feel the same when I helped them find where they were and where they needed to be on the nice big map provided at the TH. Made sure they had enough water and got them headed back via the easier Ocotillo Trail.

Nice easy hike for a lazy Thursday morning.

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Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From Phoenix go north on I-17. Turn East on Carefree Highway. Turn south on 14th street. Park on the street at the intersection of 14th Street and Dove Valley.
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