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Apache Wash Trail Loop

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

6.8 mile 10.9 kilometer loop
100% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 218' 67 m
Descent: -219' -67 m
High: 1,816' 554 m
Low: 1,703' 519 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)

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Trail shared by Rael B

A fast and reasonably flat desert loop starting at the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve Apache Wash trailhead.

Rael B

Features Spring · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

This route is a fast and fun desert loop.

Need to Know

No potable water is available at the trailhead. Bathroom only.

Description

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.

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Apr 25, 2019
Jose R
First time doing this trail and it was pretty good. Flat and easy. Scenic views. 7mi — 1h 04m
Mar 6, 2019
Dana Williams

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Sunset over Apache Wash.
Jul 19, 2019 near Cave Creek, AZ
Apache Wash Trailhead
Dec 4, 2015 near Cave Creek, AZ
Concrete marker
Dec 4, 2015 near Cave Creek, AZ
Trail marker with Code, GPS coordinates, and elevation info.
Dec 4, 2015 near Cave Creek, AZ
Easily viewed trail marker. Left Ocotillo, right Apache Wash Loop.
Jul 19, 2019 near Cave Creek, AZ
Start of Ocotillo trail - heading west.
Jul 19, 2019 near Cave Creek, AZ

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