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    Ridgeback Overlook Hike

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    4.0 km
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    102 m
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    The Ridgeback Overlook is a moderately trafficked, moderately difficult hike in Phoenix, Arizona. This hike is 4.0 km long and leads you up to the top of a short ridge with lovely views of the surrounding hills, the saguaros, the cholla, and the wide blue sky. It’s a lesser-known crowd favorite, so add it to your list!

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    Route Description for Ridgeback Overlook Hike

    The Ridgeback Overlook hike is a moderately difficult 4.0 km that’s worth the visit for its great desert views. Climb to the top of a short ridge for a view of the desert, the hills, the cacti, and the city in the distance. The trail is lined by cholla and saguaros and is easy to follow. This is a great pick for hikers of any skill level.

    As with all hikes in this area, make sure you bring lots of water. Choose a cooler day for your adventure and consider sun protection.

    From the trailhead, take Apache Wash/Ocotillo Trail to the northwest. Hike to the fork just before the wash and stay left. Across the wash, you’ll hike to the next junction, where you’ll take a right onto Ridgeback Trail. The trail climbs uphill a short distance, ending at a fork. You can opt to explore the area atop the ridge a bit more if you’d like, and when you’re ready, just retrace your steps to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Ridgeback Overlook Hike Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Ridgeback Overlook is off the access road for the Apache Wash Trailhead.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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