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Sidewinder Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.1 (33)

One of the toughest trails in the Sonoran Preserve.


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Map Key

7.1

Miles

11.4

KM

Singletrack

2,082' 634 m

High

1,739' 530 m

Low

683' 208 m

Up

806' 246 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Trailhead Hours: 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Trail H: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Need to Know

This is a multi-use trail also frequented by hikers and horseback riders.

Description

Built for mountain biking, Sidewinder Trail is the longest, most technical trail in the North Sonoran Preserve.

Beginning from the Apache Wash Trailhead, head around the east side of Apache Hill and gradually climb before dropping down on the north side, intersecting Apache Wash Loop. The trail then heads into the north flats before climbing again, passing the 14th and 10th St. connectors and Ridgeback Trail. It descends into some tight washes as it climbs steadily again before passing the Central Avenue connector trail. From there, it briefly joins the Ocotillo Trail and quickly starts climbing again.

At about mile 5, Ocotillo diverges toward the south while Sidewinder continues to climb west and then north, eventually bending northeast after passing the communication towers, descending the last 1 mile to the Desert Hills Trailhead.

Contacts

Shared By:

Pierre Munger

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 33 votes

#422

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  4.1 from 33 votes
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#27

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#422

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Photos

Sidewinder Trail cutting through the saguaros
Feb 14, 2015 near Anthem, AZ
The hills are alive...with poppies.
Mar 5, 2017 near Anthem, AZ
Sidewinder Junction
Jan 4, 2015 near Cave Creek, AZ
Poppies bloom all around you on a ride along the Sidewinder Trail.
Mar 5, 2017 near Anthem, AZ
In mid-March, the desert is in stunning, full bloom.
Mar 20, 2017 near Anthem, AZ
SW peak of Sidewinder trail in the early fall morning.
Oct 19, 2017 near Cave Creek, AZ

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Apr 30, 2021
Ed Abula
Jan 1, 2021
Kevan H.
Sep 25, 2020
Lisa B
Sep 13, 2020
Stephen Manders
Varying degrees of rock terrain.
Feb 1, 2020
Ben Rakozy
Jan 25, 2020
Kimberly Coyle-Pohs
Oct 23, 2019
Max Shrout
Oct 19, 2019
Karl Lillie
Beautiful day out!