I hope you’ve been taking advantage of the cool weather. Before long, we’ll have to head to rim country to get away from the heat. Right now is just perfect for local hikes, like 14th Street off Carefree Highway. Heading East on Carefree, you’d take a right on 14th Street and follow it to the end of the road. There isn’t a parking lot but dirt on the side of the road for vehicles. The trail is at the end of the housing development on 14th.
Parking and use of the trail are free and dogs are welcome on leashes. This particular trail doesn’t climb up any hills. Instead, it meanders along the base and in the valley. In the summer, it can get pretty hot, but on cloudy and cool days (or early in the morning), this is a wonderful hike.
We’ve had so much rain that the desert wasn’t brown—it was green! The flowers were already starting to bloom. We got on the trail and enjoyed crossing some dry creeks. Always be aware when crossing as flash floods happen quickly. The trail has rocks but is sandier than most around here. That gives doggy paws a nice break.
Your humans will need to be alert to bikers. This trail is popular with mountain bikers. They are supposed to watch out for hikers, but our experience is they come screaming at you at Mach 9 and expect you to dive out of the way. Keep your ears and eyes open! Woof!
We followed the trail along to the left. If you are familiar with Apache Wash, this connects to the AW or Apache Wash trail at the base of the hills there. I thought it smelled familiar! We stopped at the Directional Cactus and asked which way to go. Since our trail is a loop, we went back toward 14th Street. Watch signs; the trails are well marked throughout this area.
Before we knew it, we were back at our trail head and car. Normally the dogs in the house by the trail are barking their heads off. They were quiet today, so I didn’t get to say hi. No worries as they are kind of crazy. If your dog gets wound up with barking dogs, know the beginning of the trail can be loud.
Local hikes mean less travel, and I didn’t even get to take a nap. Guess I better get on that…
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