“A fast and reasonably flat desert loop starting at the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve Apache Wash trailhead.”
— Rael B
Spring · Views · Wildflowers
This route is a fast and fun desert loop.
Need to Know
No potable water is available at the trailhead. Bathroom only.
Start at the Apache Wash Trailhead and follow the Apache Wash Loop
signs for a counter-clockwise loop ending with a short segment of the Ocotillo Trail
. This route can also be taken clockwise starting with the Ocotillo Trail
then turning on to the Apache Wash Loop
Most of the trail is hardpack with a few shallow, sandy washes thrown in to keep you focused on the trail. A lack of significant rocky or technical stretches make this a fast and fun loop.
Several options exist for shortening the route, so keep your eyes out for the signs showing the connector trails if you want to take that option.
Flora & Fauna
Classic Sonoran desert flora along the trail including Saguaro cactus and christmas cholla. Springtime wildflowers can brighten the trail in spots. Watch out for rattlesnakes during the hotter months and at dusk.