Little Used Trails North of Wickenburg
This hike uses 2 trails in the Sophie's Flat trail system north of Wickenburg.
An 8 mile loop that begins and ends at the Sophie's Flat Trailhead. Proceeding counterclockwise, the trail heads roughly north from the trailhead. It follows dry washes for short periods of time, and crosses many more. Most of the crossings and points where the trail leaves washes are marked with signs or cairns. The trail also crosses several 4x4 roads. Occasionally, quads and other vehicles can be heard in the distance, but traffic on the hiking trail is almost non-existent, even on weekends. The trail winds around a few peaks north of the trailhead before beginning its winding return. The last couple of miles of the trail are south of Blue Tank Road before returning to the trailhead.
An optional in-and-out route from the midpoint of Trail A. It heads north over a pass between two peaks and descends to a wash below to the north. At this point, signs and actual trail end, but the wash and/or quad trails can be followed 2 miles to the Hassayampa River just below Box Canyon. There are a few minor rocky spots to scramble down enroute. Along the Hassayampa, there will be numerous SUVs, trucks and other vehicles exploring the river. A quarter mile up the Hassayampa, there is an interesting narrows that enters the canyon. It can be explored for a hundred yards or so before a falls would require technical climbing skills. The return route is a backtrack to trail A.
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.