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Ocotillo Trail

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6.3

Miles

10.1

KM

98%

Runnable

1,919' 585 m

High

1,700' 518 m

Low

470' 143 m

Up

342' 104 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

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Trailhead Hours: 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Trail Hours: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Need to Know

This is a multi-use trail also frequented by mountain bikers and horseback riders.

Description

Offering connections both to other trails and multiple opportunities to divert to West Skip Rimsza Paseo—the wide, paved multi-use path meandering alongside Dove Valley Road, Ocotillo Trail is a great choice to customize a hike to your length and difficulty preference.

Starting from Apache Wash Trailhead, this moderate trail heads northwest through the preserve with a series of fairly gentle ups and downs.

After briefly joining Sidewinder Trail, Ocotillo diverges again toward the south and then west at about its midpoint, making its closest and last approach to the Paseo and Dove Valley Road at about mile 3.9. Between these points the trail dips through several washes with switchbacks and short grades.

After the last connection to the Paseo, the trail continues mostly northwest with a gentle, but mostly steady grade for about a mile before turning north at about mile 4.9. After this point the grade becomes more moderate for the next ¾ mile, reaching its steepest as the trail bends back eastward above and along Carefree Highway.

From the trail's highest point, you gently descend the final ½ mile to the Desert Hills Trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

You'll see saguaro and other native cactus and desert scrub with great sunset vistas, and hear, if not see, coyotes.

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Jordan Furbish

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Photos

Apache Wash Trailhead
Dec 4, 2015 near Cave Creek, AZ
Concrete marker
Dec 4, 2015 near Cave Creek, AZ
Balloons on a September morning at Ocotillo Trail.
Jul 19, 2019 near Anthem, AZ
Easily viewed trail marker. Left Ocotillo, right Apache Wash Loop.
Jul 19, 2019 near Cave Creek, AZ
Ocotillo Trail.
Jan 4, 2016 near Cave Creek, AZ
Start of Ocotillo trail - heading west.
Jul 19, 2019 near Cave Creek, AZ

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