Apache Wash Trailhead - Phoenix, Arizona, March 2019.
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4:35 water crossing
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Apache Wash Trailhead - Sonoran Preserve Phoenix
This is one of my favorite hikes here in the Valley of the Sun and still relatively new as this trail only has been open since November 2013 I believe. There are two parts to the Sonoran Desert Preserve in Phoenix and this trailhead is the northern part, accessible from Dove Valley Road. It has an extensive trail system and for this 4 mile hike I connected the Sidewinder to the Ocotillo to the Ridgeback and up to the Ridgeback overlook. I hiked back the same way except I used the Ocotillo to go back to the parking lot instead of using the Sidewinder. I am still learning how to work my GoPro as this was only my second attempt at filming (with a head mount) and editing. This one was edited in GoProStudio, hopefully it helped with the resolution/conversion of the footage.
As you can tell I am in moderate shape and monitor my HR during my hikes as the inclines usually get to me but my recovery is very fast and I have learned how to pace myself so please don't be concerned by the huffing & puffing LOL. In watching this I also realize that a lot of the trails I point out are not really that visible to you in the video itself, another part of learning how to use the goPro. Let me know if you like the wide angle or normal views better - I think they both have their pros and cons so I'd like to hear what you prefer. Thanks again and
Phoenix Sonoran Preserve Hike - Phoenix, Arizona
Open desert park with miles of hiking & biking trails through lush, green plains of cactus. This parks largely consists of small mountains and adjacent foothills that reach about 2,000 feet (roughly 600 meters) above the desert floor. They also interrupt the checkerboard pattern of Phoenix's built environment and are quite prominent, especially since most of the city is flat and gridded.
It is important to remember that the Phoenix mountain preserves are open, undeveloped desert areas. Please use care when heading out as hikers routinely encounter rocky terrain, rattlesnakes and other potential hazards native to the Sonoran Desert.
Originally, the park system began with Piestewa Mountain Park and North Mountain Park as county parks. However, most of the existing municipal park system was acquired in the early 1970s when Phoenix's ever-expanding development threatened to encroach on these mountainous areas. All feature extensive hiking trails and many have public access areas with parking, ramadas (picnic tables) and restrooms. Some offer nearby horse stables where horses can be rented and ridden into the park.
Apache Wash Trail Arizona Recumbent Off-Road Trike
A beautiful but challenging 6 miles loop in the Sonoran Preserve.
Apache Trail Damage (Drone Footage)
Very sad news that large sections of the off-road portion of the historic Apache Trail are destroyed and currently closed. There is no estimated time to reopen the route.
The extensive damage was caused by flooding along large stretches of the trail near the burn scar areas left by the Woodbury Fire that had scorched the Superstition Mountains and wilderness region this summer. Sad to see continued damage being done to the region caused by negligent people who started the fire that consumed many thousands of acres.
Huge sections of the off-road portion of the Apache Trail from Tortilla Flat going down towards Apache Lake have collapsed where massive boulders, rocks, mud, and debris have been washed down the mountainside onto the road making it impossible to drive safely. Very Sad!
This was such a beautiful drive. We hope ADOT will not take too long to repair the damage to this great historic and scenic trail.
Sonoran Preserve MTB ride Phoenix AZ
As of July, 2011, the Sonoran Preserve in north Phoenix has grown to more than 7,000 acres. Purchased with voter approved funds and state grants, the new preserve has added a whole new element to the city's expansive desert preserves.
Much of the Sonoran Preserve is located in the transition zone to the Arizona Upland subdivision of the Sonoran Desert, which has higher amounts of rainfall per year (up to 12.5 inches per year). This increases both the lushness and diversity of plant life. South Mountain, Camelback Mountain and Squaw Peak, on the other hand, are located in the Lower Colorado River Valley, the largest and most arid subdivision of the Sonoran Desert. With only 7.5 inches of rainfall a year, vegetation in these areas is sparser and less varied.
Beginning in early 2010, the city and a trails contractor constructed 7 miles of new trails in the western section of the preserve. 5 different trails were constructed; Dixie Mountain Loop at 3.82 miles, Bobcat trail at 1.53 miles, Dixie Mountain Summit trail at .22 miles, Western Vista Trail at .34 miles, and Hawk's Nest Trail at .4 miles. This last trail connects a new trailhead parking lot to Dixie Mountain Loop. All trails provide excellent opportunities to explore the Sonoran Preserve, and to enjoy the views of the mountains north of Phoenix.
In 2011, another round of trail construction began from the existing Sonoran Trail system, probing further into the preserve. An expansive circumference trail named Great Horned Owl was constructed around Union Hills Peak at 3.12 miles. On the north side, a summit trail named Union Hills Peak at .45 miles traverses the entire top ridge from north to south. From the summit, excellent views are to be had into Cave Buttes, Scottsdale and Phoenix at 2,284 ft.
Another new trail, Desert Tortoise, takes off from Hawk's Nest Trail at its halfway point. This trail skirts the western and southern edge of the Sonoran Preserve and takes you into the interior. Desert Tortoise is 1.13 miles in length and meanders through hills, washes and a flat expanse of easy trail towards its eastern end.
At the Desert Tortoise and Valle Vista trail junction, one can now access the original Sonoran Trail system by hiking north on Valle Vista which connects with the Dixie Mountain loop trail. If heading south, one can explore the northern outer loop trail named Cactus Wren. Cactus Wren is 1.41 miles in length and covers the northern section of Union Hills Peak. Eventually this trail connects with Great Horned Owl trail on its eastern flanks. If one heads north on Valle Vista (2.32 miles in length) a connection can be made with Great Horned Owl trail on the south. Great Horned Owl will take you around Union Hills Peak into quiet washes and steep slopes; all with breathtaking vistas.
Purchased with voter approved funds and state grants, the Sonoran Preserve adds a whole new element to the city's vaunted desert preserve system. With new trails built and more on the way, it's now easy to explore this beautiful area. The Master Plan link above provides a detailed look into the long-term plans for this important new desert preserve area.
The land in the new preserve is unique.
The Parks and Preserve Initiative was reauthorized by 83 percent of Phoenix voters in May 2008. It authorized the continuation of a modest sales tax for a 30-year period to purchase thousands of acres of state trust land and to fund construction of and improvements to regional, neighborhood and community parks. The public lands purchased were reclassified for conservation through the API, established by the Governor and Legislature in 1996. Voters passed Growing Smarter in 1998 to fund the matching grant provision of the API through 2012.
Waterfalls and Creeks on Montana Mountain Loop in Arizona
The Montana Mountain Loop which is usually dry is a great trail that offers picturesque views and awesome off-roading fun that runs through canyons, shelf roads, and diverse desert landscape. This trail starts off the US 60 near Florence Junction and ends near the town of Superior. Arizona has enjoyed an abundance of snow and rain over the last few months which has left our desert very green and with flowing creeks and some waterfalls. Here are few clips of some of the creeks and waterfalls on the Montana Mountain Loop trail. The day was very windy as you will see. Enjoy!
Mountain Biking National Trail | Phoenix, Arizona
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Hiking Trails - Flatiron Via Siphon Draw Trail, near Phoenix, Arizona - Hard
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Flatiron - One of the hardest hikes near Phoenix that is both challenging and rewarding.
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Flatiron Via Siphon Draw Trail is a heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Apache Junction, Arizona. It is a popular hike in the Superstition Wilderness that is both challenging and rewarding.
It is one of the hardest hikes in Arizona and the indomitable mountain really tests your endurance.
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Hewitt Canyon Road near Phoenix, Arizona - 04 April 2010
Trip date: April 04, 2010
Picture opportunity rating: 5
This dirt road is over 10 miles long and the scenery changes from mile to mile. The pictures you see are taken all over the points on the road. The real treat was when we found that hidden waterfall. It is worth seeing if you are in area.
Hiking Difficulty: Moderate - Strenuous
The road itself is not worth hiking. It is too long for what it is worth, ride your truck, bike or ATV. The waterfall is where the hiking begins. Since it is not a sanctioned trail you will have to make your own way. Careful it can get slippery.
Paved road: No, Take a truck if you have one. Sedans may not get through washes that cross the road.
Pass required for parking: No
Dog accessible: Yes
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Western Diamondback Rattlesnake from Apache Junction, Arizona
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