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Maricopa Trail - Westwing/Lake Pleasant, AZ

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Distance One Way 11.97 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,440 feet
Elevation Gain 100 feet
Accumulated Gain 336 feet
Avg Time One Way 4.5
Kokopelli Seeds 13.09
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15  2022-02-10 kingsnake
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Lake Pleasant Wander
6  2020-05-08 DarthStiller
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author avatar Guides 103
Routes 263
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Trips 769 map ( 7,060 miles )
Age 60 Male Gender
Location Sunnyslope, PHX
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by kingsnake

From the Agua Fria TH, head east further along the paved road. In 150 yds., after crossing over the bridge, turn right onto the decent gravel road. In ¼ mile, pass under the Carefree Hwy. Just past the bridge, split left onto a rougher road, and in 100 yds. turn left onto the single track. All these turns are marked by Maricopa Trail logo signs.

The single track twists uphill, 100 ft. in ¼ mile. Like most of the next four miles, it is quite rocky. Okay for hiking, but too slippery for biking. At the top of the rise, the single track passes through a small cholla forest, then turns south, paralleling the Waddell Canal.

The canal, with a smooth service road, is on the other side of cyclone fencing, The Maricopa Trail is on portions of the old, rocky, service road. There are several short, steep, twisty dips where the trail crosses culverts.

The Maricopa Trail passes under multiple high-tension powerlines.

At the three-mile mark, the Maricopa Trail crosses a paved road. To the left, on the east side of Waddell Canal, is Pleasant Valley Airport. Downslope, to the right is Canyon Speedway.

If you don't see actual burros, you will see their droppings.

After crossing the paved road, the Maricopa Trail gets less rocky the next mile to where Waddell Canal merges with the Central Arizona Project. Immediately after the CAP Canal, turn left on the service road towards Lake Pleasant Pkwy.

At Lake Pleasant Pkwy., the Maricopa Trail turns right along a single-track just a few yards from the road. If you’ve developed a flat, you can get a pickup at any of the several pullouts in the ½ mile between the CAP Canal and the Loop 303. (Take the sidewalk across.)

On the south side of the Loop 303, the Maricopa Trail becomes a wide, packed, sand path for the next 2½ miles. A mile south of the freeway, on the left side of Lake Pleasant Pkwy., is the entrance drive to Paloma Park. (With water and toilets.) Not quite a half-mile past Paloma Park, on the Maricopa Trail side of the road, is a shady cabana.

After 7½ miles, the Maricopa Trail enters civilization (houses, businesses, etc.). ⅓ mile south of Westwing Pkwy., the trail surface changes from hardpack to cement sidewalk. At 8½ miles, turn right on Jomax Rd. In ¾ mile, the road bends left, dropping quickly.

At the bottom of the hill, curve right. At the edge of the housing area, turn left across the quarry access road. The next ¾ of a mile to Pleasant Valley Pkwy. you have a choice of adjacent blacktop or hardpack paths. There are nice houses to the left, and the Agua Fria River bottom to the right.

After passing under the bridge, the Maricopa Trail turns right, a ½ mile across the (probably dry) Agua Fria River. On the west side of the river, head right, off the jeep trail, up to the sidewalk. Traffic is heavy the next ¾ of a mile to the Loop 303 Freeway (again), so take care at the traffic lights and on/off ramps.

On the west side of the Loop 303 Freeway, the sidewalk ends. Head slightly up & left, onto dirt, for the final ¼ mile to 119th Ave. The “trailhead” is a vacant lot

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2022-02-12 kingsnake
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From Phoenix, head north on I-17. Exit onto Carefree Hwy. Drive west for 9 miles. By Lake Pleasant, at the bottom of the hill, just after you cross the second bridge, turn right onto Beardsley CSR Rd. The Agua Fria Trailhead is straight ahead, on the left.
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