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Watershed Loop

Intermediate
 3.9 (13) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fast, flowy loop.


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Map Key

9.1

Miles

14.7

KM

65%

Singletrack

1,039' 317 m

High

654' 199 m

Low

547' 167 m

Up

546' 166 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

13%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

No Motorized Vehicles

Overview

This is a winding clean jaunt through the desert with views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. The first half utilizes abandoned two track. The second half uses fun, creative lines through the washes and small canyons.

Need to Know

Uses a popular hiking trailhead at SARA Park. Hikers are at the start and finish of the loop, but be prepared to find them out on the loop as well. It's very hot here in the summer. Bring lots of water.

Description

Usually this course is ridden clockwise. You'll veer left onto the aborted old two track road. It uses this for about 4 miles. After the double it is legitimate singletrack. You'll climb a small ridgeline. Once you gain speed in descending this section you'll find some real fast "g-outs". After this point, the trail is fairly common singletrack. At 8 miles or so there is a tough climb (It's ok to walk it!). After that, you'll cross several sand washes right back to where you started.

History & Background

I believe the name is derived from the abandoned road that is used in the first half. There was a water hold in the canyons between the hills.

Contacts

Shared By:

Edwin Mann

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 13 votes

#1

in SARA Park

#1903

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  3.9 from 13 votes
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#1

in SARA Park

#77

in Arizona

#1,903

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Photos

Clear, distinct trail on Watershed Loop
Nov 12, 2014 near Lake Ha…, AZ
Watershed Loop Trail leading up to Sonny's turn off.
Jun 19, 2016 near Lake Ha…, AZ
Sara Park entry point for most all trails and hiking activity. Trash Can Trail starts to the right once you go through.
Jun 15, 2016 near Lake Ha…, AZ
This marker was blank on both sides, but it's good to know you're on the right track.
Jul 19, 2017 near Lake Ha…, AZ
Watershed Trail, SARA.  Parched!  Bring water!!!
Jul 19, 2017 near Lake Ha…, AZ
Main trail sign that splits watershed with Sonny's.
Jun 19, 2016 near Lake Ha…, AZ

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Jan 20, 2021
Brian W.
Awesome conditions after moderate rain! — 1h 12m
Jan 18, 2019
stephen start
Jan 13, 2019
Tasha Marie
9.1mi
Nov 28, 2018
Steve Baker
First ride. 9.1mi — 1h 31m
Feb 7, 2018
Alexander Jonathan
9.1mi
Jan 19, 2018
Toby Clark
Dec 9, 2017
Toby Clark
Great ride
Apr 12, 2017
Jason Schern