Spoiler alert: This ADA accessible desert adventure will make others pale in comparison. It has for us.
Since discovering Apache Wash Trailhead, my husband Lou and I go a couple of times a week. For spectacular spinning, it’s simply one of the most beautiful accessible trail systems we’ve encountered in the Phoenix area so far. And we’ve rolled quite a few.
East Skip Rimsza Paseo
Running 1.9 miles with a gradual elevation change of 37 feet, this trail mostly parallels Sonoran Desert Drive. Yes, you’ll likely hear a bit of road noise, but impressive views of the distant mountain ranges as they glitter with city lights towards nightfall will soon monopolize your senses.
At various points, the trail veers inward towards the preserve where admirably-sized (and I reckon very old) cholla ￼command the landscape.
Be sure to stop and appreciate the mosaic artwork lining the trail embankments, a three-part series of inlays entitled Desert Springs.
Covering￼ 3.1 miles, this longer trail streams alongside Sonoran Desert Dr /￼ Dove Valley Rd until steering into fabulously scenic desert landscape. Native grasses, groves of golden-needled cholla, stately saguaros, and flowering bushes all invite busy birds; half dozen hot air balloons often dot the evening horizon; and gently rolling hills open up ever changing vistas of Arizona natural beauty. Pictures don’t do it justice, but here are a few.￼
Covered rest areas provide periodic respite.
Apache Wash Trailhead
1600 E Sonoran Desert Dr
Parking and entrance hours: 5 AM – 7 PM
Trail hours: 5 AM – 11 PM
ADA parking and toilet facilities are available.
Be advised: There’s no potable water, so come prepared.
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The above post was emailed to: City of Phoenix, Parks and Recreation.