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Sidewinder Ocotillo Loop Trail

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Sidewinder Ocotillo Loop Trail

by: Honza
Location:  Phoenix, AZ          Longitude:  -112.0441    Latitude:  33.7684
Located in the Sonoran Preserve North, this second longest preserve loop takes you beyond the Apache Wash and Ridgeback Trails.
Features and Interests:   Ridge line hike with impressive views
Flora/Fauna on this Trail:
  Saguaro  Saguaro
One of the newest preserves, this Sonoran Preserve trail system offers fresh trails and new trailheads.

From the north-east end of the large parking lot, this loop starts out on the Sidewinder Trail. It slowly ascends to the Apache Vista turnoff, offering expansive views of the northern valley.

After 0.86 miles, you will junction with the Apache Vista trail where you will continue on the Sidewinder Trail for another 0.32 miles.

At the Apache Wash junction, stay on the Sidewinder trail for another 1.2 miles intersecting the Ridgeback Trail. Continue on Sidewinder Trail for another 2.3 miles where you will join with the Ocotillo Trail. This last part of the Sidewinder trail offers rather suprising ridge line views and expanses!

To finish off the loop, you will follow the Ocotillo Trail back to the parking lot in 3.1 miles.
Trail Distance:  7.6 miles round-trip
Elevation:  1709ft - 2130ft   (change 421ft)
Trail Difficutly:  Moderate - requires some endurance, elevation changes
How Crowded:  Often frequented trail
Season:  September to June
Accomodations: (on site)   Toilets  Water1600 E Sonoran Desert Dr. Phoenix, AZ 85085 6 miles east from I-17 on Dove Valley Road/Sonoran Desert DrivePaved road or trail to the trailhead
Apache Vista Loop Trail   -   Easy : 2.9 miles long : 1690ft to 2030ft (change 340ft)
Norterra Preserve/Sonoran Loop   -   Moderate : 3.8 miles long : 1600ft to 2060ft (change 460ft)
Go John via Overton Trail Loop   -   Moderate : 6.45 miles long : 2045ft to 2540ft (change 495ft)
Pima and Dynamite   -   Moderate : 45 miles long : 2200ft to 2600ft (change 400ft)
North Mountain National Trail   -   Moderate : 1.65 miles long : 1460ft to 2033ft (change 573ft)
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