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We took an easy trail there and it was good exercise but it was a little boring. The scree was plentiful so you need to be careful. There were probably better trails that we didn't know about. We did get some nice views of the...More
Good signage to the trailhead, decent sized parking lot, sensibly laid out trails that are not too hard, but also kept relatively undeveloped so as to allow a real Sonoran desert experience, even posts at trail intersections with bar codes that can be scanned for...More
I have been trail-running/hiking this trail for two years.
I like it because you can do anything from a one mile hike to about 5.8 miles. The first .4 miles are very challenging.
What is most amazing to me is the view you get once...More
My husband and I have been hiking a variety of trails in north Phoenix for a month. We like the moderate trails with elevation changes up to 1300 feet but enjoy the easy ones too for days that you are tired. This trail has some...More
What a joy to find this wilderness on the northern edge of Phoenix.
The trailhead for the Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve is at 1901 West Desert Vista Trail. There is parking but in Feb 2016 there were no washrooms or water available.
There are about...More
This is a hidden gem in Phoenix hiking trails.
This is accessed via the Desert Vista Trailhead near 19th Ave/Jomax intersection within the housing subdivision. A google search of the trailhead (1901 W Desert Vista Trail, Phoenix, Arizona 85085) should bring its location.
Based on my experience, the snakes come out during the summer. I have never seen one during late fall and winter. Right after a scare, I started bringing my walking sticks, and they truly do help out because snakes hear the... More
Based on my experience, the snakes come out during the summer. I have never seen one during late fall and winter. Right after a scare, I started bringing my walking sticks, and they truly do help out because snakes hear the noise and take off. I do not want to make it seem like they are everywhere. I have seen 5 snakes in different trails in the last 3 years. I hope this helps.