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Cottonwood Trail - Lake Pleasant, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Phoenix NW
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Distance One Way 1.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,778 feet
Elevation Gain 59 feet
Accumulated Gain 93 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.51
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Preferred   Jan, Dec, Feb, Mar
Sun  7:33am - 5:48pm
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Yavapai Point Trail - Lake Pleasant
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake Pleasant
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399 ft
Cottonwood Creek - Hells Canyon Wilderness
Cottonwood Creek - Hells Canyon Wilderness
0.5 mi away
3.5 mi
500 ft
Peak 2191 - Hieroglyphic Mtns
Peak 2191 - Hieroglyphic Mtns
0.7 mi away
1.5 mi
364 ft
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic Mountains
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic Mountains
0.7 mi away
12.3 mi
2,409 ft
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood Creek
0.7 mi away
9.0 mi
500 ft
Pikes Peak - Hieroglyphic Mtns
0.7 mi away
11.6 mi
2,296 ft
Peak 2340 - Hieroglyphic Mountains
1.4 mi away
1.1 mi
516 ft
Cholla Mountain - Hieroglyphic Mountains
1.5 mi away
Pipeline Canyon Trail
Pipeline Canyon Trail
1.5 mi away
3.9 mi
552 ft
Wild Burro Trail - Lake Pleasant
1.5 mi away
2.0 mi
110 ft
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Gentle Cottonwood Dreams
by kingsnake & HAZ_Hikebot

Likely In-Season!
You walk 100 yards south, to the north end of Pipeline Canyon Trail, then turn northwest for a little over a mile. Then head back. Anyone not using a walker could do it.

Cottonwood Trail is again decent trail surface. It crosses several sandy, gravelly, washes. It is lined by the usual desert shrubbery: Yellow Paloverde, creosote, brittlebush, etc.

Add in Yavapai Point Trail, Pipeline Canyon Trail and Wild Burro Trail, if you want to get value for your entrance fee.

kingsnake & HAZ_Hikebot
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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.

Permit $$
Maricopa Regional Parks - Fees more info

$7 per vehicle or $85 annual

$2 walk, bike or horse ride into park

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Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From Phoenix, head north on I-17.
Take exit 223B onto Carefree Highway / AZ-74.
Drive west for 11.5 miles.
At the top of the climb from the Agua Fria River, turn right on Castle Hot Springs Rd. The park’s North Gate is on the right in 5.6 miles. Where you park from there depends on which trails you do, in which direction.
0.4 miles past the gate, turn right on Cottonwood Ln. Drive to the end, then park.
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