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Ocotillo Trail

Intermediate
 4.1 (21)

This is a great trail—not too short, not too technical, yet still challenging.


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Map Key

6.3

Miles

10.1

KM

Singletrack

1,919' 585 m

High

1,701' 518 m

Low

448' 137 m

Up

322' 98 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

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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

Offering connections both to the more difficult Ridgeback Trail and Sidewinder Trail and multiple opportunities to divert to West Skip Rimsza Paseo—the wide, paved multi-use path meandering alongside Dove Valley Road, Ocotillo Trail is a great choice to customize a ride to your length and difficulty preference and for beginners to become familiar with their ability.

Starting from Apache Wash Trailhead, this moderate trail heads northwest through the preserve with a series of fairly gentle ups and downs.

After briefly joining Sidewinder Trail, Ocotillo diverges again toward the south and then west at about its midpoint, making its closest and last approach to the Paseo and Dove Valley Road at about mile 3.9. Between these points, be prepared for the trail to dip through several washes with switchbacks and short grades that can be unforgiving of a poorly timed gear shift.

After the last connection to the Paseo, the trail continues mostly northwest with a gentle, but mostly steady grade for about a mile before turning north at about mile 4.9. After this point the grade becomes more moderate for the next ¾ mile, reaching its steepest as the trail bends back eastward above and along Carefree Highway.

From the trail's highest point, you gently descend the final ½ mile to the Desert Hills Trailhead.

Contacts

Shared By:

Ivan Ankrom

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 21 votes

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  4.1 from 21 votes
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#53

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#1,127

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Photos

Ride through desert wildflowers along the Ocotillo Trail.
Mar 5, 2017 near Cave Creek, AZ
Balloons on a September morning at Ocotillo Trail
Mar 30, 2018 near Anthem, AZ
Easily viewed trail marker.  Left Ocotillo, right Apache Wash Loop
Nov 18, 2017 near Cave Creek, AZ
Nice descent with switchback followed by quick right turn.  Areas like this make this trail fun.
Nov 18, 2017 near Cave Creek, AZ
Ocotillo Trail
Jan 4, 2015 near Cave Creek, AZ
Start of Ocotillo trail - heading West
Nov 18, 2017 near Cave Creek, AZ

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Apr 30, 2021
Ed Abula
Nov 14, 2020
Tony Burns
Great desert singletrack. Ocotillo to Sidewinder to Ocotillo. 7.7mi — 1h 14m
Sep 25, 2020
Lisa B
6.3mi
Sep 13, 2020
Stephen Manders
Great pace and preparation for inlet trail systems.
Mar 21, 2020
Michael Young
Dec 2, 2019
Jay Holsten
Great training trail. Lots of fun.
Oct 15, 2019
David Knapik
Apr 18, 2019
Hannah R