This is a mellow ride that goes along the Apache Wash Loop
but decides not to end so abruptly. There is lots of wash riding but not overly sandy. Expect some rocks but not too chunky. Overall, a great beginner ride for those who want to do something mellow, but for a bit longer.
The best part about loops like this is you can make them as hard as you want by just going faster. There isn't really anything technical to slow you down and as long as you want to keep pedaling harder you can make the ride into whatever you want!
Starting off at the Apache Wash Loop
trailhead, you start by going into the trail system as if you were going to do the Apache Wash Loop
. You can take a small section of Sidewinder Trail
as we did on this route and take the Sidewinder - Apache Wash Cutback to the Apache Wash Loop
When you're almost at the end of Apache Wash Loop
, you'll come upon a sign marked "E" for the Esplanade Trail
. That is where you're going to turn left and head back towards Carefree Hwy.
For the most part, Esplanade Trail
is a nice, smooth gradual uphill (1-2%) that spans about 3.5 miles. This will take you all the way to a wash next to Carefree Highway, where you'll intersect the Cliff Walk Trail
Head left (south) onto Cliff Walk Trail
and cruise it all the way down to where it ends at Badger Brawl Trail
. This section is mainly downhill with some small wash crossings but is a little bit rockier than Esplanade Trail
. It is not anything difficult at all and would be something I have no problem recommending to beginner MTB riders to go have fun on and learn how to ride rocky terrain.
A on right Badger Brawl Trail
will take you back to the Apache Wash Loop
where you'll ride a short distance back to the trailhead. Again, nothing crazy here.
The final left on Apache Wash Loop
will take you back to the trailhead where you'll have hit somewhere north of the 14-mile mark of total distance traveled. Hope you all enjoy the ride!