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Cliff Walk Trail - Sonoran Preserve North
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Cliff Walk Trail - Sonoran Preserve NorthPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2016
DarthStiller
Hiking11.70 Miles 432 AEG
Hiking11.70 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   2.81 mph
432 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Got another early start just after 6:30am. The sky was just getting light enough that I didn’t need a headlamp, but I could still my shadow in the moonlight. Within an hour, the sun had hit the horizon and the entire landscape lighting was transformed. By that time, I was already over 2 miles in.

Saw a smoke plume early on and managed to get a not so great photo of it. After an hour or so, it was gone.
From the Apache Wash Trailhead, I took the Apache Wash Trail to the Badger Brawl Trail, then took the first connector trail north to the Esplanade Trail. From there, I did a Figure-8 loop of the Esplanade and Cliff Walk Trails up and back to the trailhead. At the north end, there is a junction with another trail that goes under the road and has a Cave Creek marker on it.

The best views were probably along the Cliff Walk Trail since you’re up higher and the sun is to your back looking to the west. The edges of the cliff are pretty crumbly so I didn’t want to get too close to check out the wash below.

Still a lot of green fuzz leftover on the ground from the rains 3 weeks ago, which gives a little more inviting look than the scorched earth in the summer. Finished up before 11am.
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