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Sidewinder Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.1 (30)

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

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Trailhead Hours: 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Trail Hours: 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 with improvements by Jordan Furbish

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  4.1 from 30 votes

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#22

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Photos

Sidewinder Trail cutting through the saguaros
Feb 14, 2015 near Anthem, AZ
Sidewinder Junction
Jan 4, 2015 near Cave Creek, AZ
The hills are alive...with poppies.
Mar 5, 2017 near Anthem, 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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Check-Ins

Feb 1, 2020
Ben Rakozy
Jan 25, 2020
Kimberly Coyle-Pohs
Dec 8, 2019
Jordan Furbish
5.02mi loop around western half of Sidewinder & Ocotillo 5mi
Nov 30, 2019
Jordan Furbish
5.02 mile loop around the western half of Sidewinder and Ocotillo trails. 5mi — 0h 50m
Oct 23, 2019
Max Shrout
Oct 19, 2019
Karl Lillie
Beautiful day out!
Apr 12, 2019
Neff Lazcano
Apr 7, 2019
Faith Ann