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Apache Vista Double and Apache Wash Loop, AZ
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Apache Vista Double and Apache Wash Loop, AZ 
Apache Vista Double and Apache Wash Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 16 2021
tibber
Hiking9.93 Miles 785 AEG
Hiking9.93 Miles   3 Hrs   13 Mns   3.22 mph
785 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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After missing what I wanted to really do out here last week, I thot I would try and get it right. My issue was the trail is not called Apache Wash Loop but just Apache Wash. I got up at 6AM :o and arrived at a pretty busy trailhead parking lot. Started walking about 6:45AM (RS said 11:43PM) without my water so had to go back for that.

Headed up the Sidewinder Trail and once again had to take a picture of the blooming Ironwood which would certainly be the theme for the day. I did my loop up Apache Vista and got a little sick, I think from the Clif Bar I had for breakfast. Headed back down the Sidewinder to Apache and crossed the wash where you start going North. There is a junction where you can take a connector over to the other side (east) of Apache Wash Trail which I would end up taking on my way back.

I double checked the route as I wanted to make sure I was on the trail I wanted to be. This is really a great trail being so close to the wash for almost the entire route north. I saw a coyote gallop in front of me but he got pretty far away before he stopped. Speaking of galloping, I ended up intrigued by a horseshoe print as I wasn't positive it was from a horseshoe despite other prints of a regular horseshoe. Still not sure if it was a print from a horseshoe but it couldn't have been a shoe as there was only one print, never two per se. I did take a picture for your opinion.

The blooming Ironwoods were showing off something fierce so I obliged by capturing photos of them in their glory. It's such a pretty contrast with the greens and golds and blue of the sky. Lots of bike riders on this trail with most coming toward me including four in a bike patrol; had never seen a bike patrol out here before. The area to the right of the wash opens up into this very large landscape. To the left (west) of the wash is that same fence that pretty much seems to surround the preserve. Wasn't sure how far I was from Carefree Highway but soon I was hearing the cars so knew I was near. You're just south of 24th Street and it looks like there is a gate opening if you want to get to the highway. However, there is another connector trail option one can take before getting near the car noise.

It's interesting to note that on this northern part of the trail you are walking through Paradise Valley as you crossover to Paradise Wash. I was glad to finally be away from the car noise as I now headed south and continued to enjoy the nice views. This trail is great for runners plus it's pretty plush for a desert. I would continue to encounter bike riders and as I got close to the north connector I would start seeing more hikers too. I decided I would try to get the south connector over so that I could do Apache Vista Peak from the west side to make a nice double. On my walk back I would catch a bit of a breeze now and then which made the hike much more enjoyable. I was getting hungry and thirsty by now too, nonetheless, I got the peak done. I added the western walk on the Ocotillo Trail to circle back to Tonto 3.

WATCH: 9.73 miles 127 avg bpm 161 max. Zones 12.3% in 5, 45.6% in 4, 40.2% in 3 burning 1212 calories. Starting temp 64.3 and 25% humidity finishing at beer time... well close enough 9:58AM; after all, it was a coffee beer.
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Ironwoods and saguaros were all blooming and prolifically. A few buds and flowers on the barrel cactus.
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