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    Apache Wash Trail

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    10.6 km
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    65 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Apache Wash Trail is an easy 10.5 km hike north of Phoenix, Arizona. This trail loops around a small butte and then through the desert, following the Apache Wash. With rolling hills, saguaro, barrel cactus, and wildlife to see, you’ll feel like you’re further outside of the city than you actually are. This route can be enjoyed by all skill levels and ages and dogs are permitted on leash. Hikers, watch for mountain bikers, and vice versa.

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    Route Description for Apache Wash Trail

    Apache Wash Trail is a relaxed 10.5 km hike north of Phoenix, Arizona. This route follows a similar course as the Apache Wash Loop Trail, but adds length by following the wash up to Carefree Highway. This hike is a great choice for families, beginners, or anyone interested in a chilled-out stroll through Sonoran Desert scenery. It’s also a popular choice for mountain bikers. With saguaro, barrel cactus, and wildlife to see, you’ll feel more removed from the city than you actually are.

    While this might be an easy trail, remember to always bring water with you while you hike in the desert. Consider wearing sun protection no matter what time of year it is and aim to hike outside of the heat of the afternoon if high temperatures are forecasted. The signage on this hike is good.

    This route goes clockwise. Begin by hedging to your left on Apache Wash/Ocotillo Trail. Where Sidewinder cuts through, continue straight on Apache Wash Trail. Follow this along the wash until the highway, where you’ll bear right and then take a sharper turn to head back towards the trailhead. Continue through the wash on the same route until you’re back at the starting point.

    Getting to the Apache Wash Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Apache Wash Trail is on the trailhead access road off E Sonoran Desert Drive.

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      Yes - On Leash

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