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Esplanade Cliff Walk Connector, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 0.25 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,820 feet
Elevation Gain 27 feet
Accumulated Gain 31 feet
Avg Time One Way 8 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 0.35
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author avatar Guides 27
Routes 61
Photos 2,620
Trips 700 map ( 4,689 miles )
Age 67 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred Feb, Nov, Jan, Mar
Seasons   Early Autumn to Early Summer
Sun  5:23am - 7:26pm
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Powerful Connections
by AZWanderingBear

The Sonoran Preserve North has seen some trail development on the eastern side lately with the Apache Wash Loop, Badger Brawl, Esplanade and Cliff Walk Trails. Several connector trails provide multiple options for loops and better access. This description is for the connector between the Esplanade Trail and the Cliff Walk Trail.

The Esplanade Trail parallels the Cave Creek Wash on its northern bank. The Cliff Walk hugs the southern bank of the Cave Creek Wash. The Wash has widened over time as it cuts into the slightly higher terrain along its northern bank forming a bit of a cliff into the sandy conglomerate that constitutes the surface layers of this area's geology.

This connector is very very easy to find. A large electrical power line crosses the Cave Creek Wash. This connector trail takes advantage of the old service road under the power lines. From the Esplanade Trail, the connector drops gently into the Cave Creek Wash. As you approach the southern end of the connector you will see and old bridge abutment and a gaging station still in use on the edge of the wash. The trail climbs up and out of the wash along a shelf cut into the conglomerate bank. The Cliff Walk Trail is at the top of the short climb.

This connector, and the other connector trails, provide a means of customizing your hike or bike in the Sonoran Preserve.

Just a reminder: There is no water along this trail, or at the Apache Wash Trailhead.

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2016-02-11 AZWanderingBear
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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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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 and turn left. Drive about 5 miles and turn right on Apache Wash Trailhead. Follow the Apache Wash Loop to the trail. There are restrooms at the trailhead, but no water.
page created by AZWanderingBear on Feb 11 2016 5:50 pm
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