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Oracle State Park - Loop 01, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Multi-Loop 8.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,291 feet
Elevation Gain -586 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,033 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 13.47
Interest Seasonal Creek
Backpack No
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19  2021-03-01 Yoder
Author Yoder
author avatar Guides 2
Routes 29
Photos 1,456
Trips 121 map ( 1,033 miles )
Age 55 Male Gender
Location Chandler, AZ
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Preferred   Oct, Mar, Apr, May
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  5:36am - 7:23pm
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Cherry - Power - Windmill - AZT - Power Loop
by Yoder

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Overview
This is a combination of multiple trails in the Oracle State Park. The landscape here is rolling hills and is probably best known for its birding. Most birds seemed to be centered around the Windmill area (at least when I hiked this), probably due to water at the windmill.


Hike
Trails are very well marked and easy to follow

Cherry Valley Wash (0.9 miles)
From the trailhead, take the Cherry Valley Wash east to the intersection of Cherry Valley Wash Trail and the Power Line Trail.

Power Line Trail (0.6 miles)
Turning South take the Power Line Trail to the intersection of Power Line Trail, Arizona Trail, and Windmill Loop trail.

Windmill Loop Trail (3.0 miles)
Head East on the Windmill Loop Trail for 1.9 miles. This climbs up and follows a ridgeline and then drops down to a wash before turning back South-East following a wash for just about 1 mile before reaching the Windmill. This section of the hike is probably where you will see the most birds. We spotted a Great Horned Owl, Mexican Jay, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, and Black-throated Sparrow all within about 0.25 miles of the Windmill. Shortly after the Windmill, there is an intersection of the Powerline Trail (going north) with the Arizona Trail (continuing East). Continue East on the Arizona Trail. Optionally, you can head North on the PowerLine trail if you want to cut this hike short.

Arizona Trail (2.5 miles)
Follow the Arizona Trail East for 1.1 miles until it turns back west for another 0.5 miles to the intersection of the Power Line Trail, Arizona Trail. Head North, continuing on the Arizona Trail for another 0.8 miles until you reach the intersection of the Arizona Trail and the Cherry Valley Wash trail. The Arizona trail continues North under Highway 77. We will head East on the Cherry Valley Wash Trail for another 0.3 miles to the Cherry Valley Wash and the Powerline Trail intersection.

Powerline Trail (1.1 miles)
The Powerline trail has several hills it transverses as it follows the powerline back to the trailhead.

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2021-03-02 Yoder
    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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    To American Avenue Trailhead


    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) - 1 hr 55 min (119 miles)
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) - 50 min (35.7 miles)
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) - 4 hr (259 miles)
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