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Apache Wash Loop - Sonoran Preserve North
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Apache Wash Loop - Sonoran Preserve NorthPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2016
DarthStiller
Hiking11.60 Miles 860 AEG
Hiking11.60 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   2.73 mph
860 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Finally got a chance to get up to this area and hike some more of the trails I haven’t done yet. I started hiking about 6:45am, so it was mostly dark, but the sky was starting to get light. I didn’t really need a headlamp, but since I was looking at my GPS to make sure I was on the correct trail, it had a tendency to make me night blind once I looked to the trail. Once I was on the correct trail, all device screens and lights were off. By the time the sun hit the horizon, I already had over 2 miles done.

I hiked the Apache Wash loop in a serpentine/Figure 8 style, hitting each connector trail until I did pretty much the whole loop. Once I did that, I was on the west side of the loop and took the Sidewinder Trail westward, then took the Ridgeback Trail up to top of the hill and did the Ridgeback Overlook as well. Not a whole lot to see up there other than the surrounding development and highways, so I didn’t stay long.

For the first hour and a half, there was almost no one on the trails, but soon enough there were more and more people. It seemed to be equal parts hikers and bikers. For the last 45 minutes of my hike, there was helicopter hovering to the southeast near Cave Creek Road and then south along the Sonoran Parkway. Later driving home, there seemed to be some kind of race going on along the Sonoran Parkway that had bikers and people on ellipticals.
The weather was chilly at first, then warmed up to moderately cool once the sun hit. Perfect hiking weather. Finished up right at 11am.
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