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Sidewinder Trail - South Mountain, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance Loop 1.85 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,353 feet
Elevation Gain 400 feet
Accumulated Gain 466 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 4.18
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9  2016-12-11 SaguaroToSomo
7  2015-12-08 blueberry1222
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Preferred   Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar → 4 PM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  6:34am - 5:52pm
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Quick Little SoMo Hike with Four Peak View
by blueberry1222

If you find yourself in the Ahwatukee area and you are itching to stretch your legs for a quick and rewarding little jaunt in South Mountain park, this trail is your ticket to quick rewards. The trail is easily accessible, tucked in the back end of a neighborhood.

Once you hit the trail, there is a short steep climb to the top of the ridge. From there, there is a clear shot view of Four Peaks and the valley below. Continue on the trail and there will be a choice to either continue on straight ahead (on the ridge line) or choose to go left at the fork and head on down into the desert valley below.


If you choose to go near golden hour, the hike out will be sunny and the large mountains will throw nice long shadows for the return hike, which is nice. I heard a pack of coyotes off in the distance when I was on the valley floor and I easily forgot that I was smack dab in the middle of a very large city.

blueberry1222
    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 from Ahwatukee: Take Ray road West to 33rd Place, which turns into East Desert Willow Road. Turn Right on East Desert Flower Ln. North on 32nd St to the dead end/cul-de-sac. Park.
    page created by blueberry1222 on Dec 09 2015 1:03 pm
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