This is the happiest season of all! I’m not talking about Christmas but fall and winter in Phoenix. Oh, how I love the cooler temps that allow us to hike without overheating. You try hiking in the desert with a heavy coat on and see how you do! Anyway, every day I eagerly await my adventures and where it will take me.
This past weekend, we stayed close to home and drove east on the Carefree Highway until we came to Central Avenue. We took a right or went west through a neighborhood. The trail head is at the very end of the street where it dead ends. All the rains have really washed out the parking area and road, so be careful. You can’t park by gates; pay attention to the signs.
This trail head is part of the Sonoran Desert Preserve. You go straight from your car to the gate and walk through. It is free and dogs are welcome. We took the Sidewinder Trail out, around and up. It starts off rocky but smooths out.
This area is popular with mountain bikers, so keep an eye and ear out for them. To be honest, I get so busy sniffing stuff that I don’t pay attention. Mom is good about moving me over to the side so they can pass, and I don’t get tangled. Humans are supposed to have the right of way over bicycles, but we have found it prudent to give them passage. Keep your dog and kids safe!
This route isn’t super long but leads to the top of a hill with great views. Just be careful not to turn onto the Ocotillo Trail. If you end up on that, you will be going a good 5 or 6 miles. We wanted around 2 ½, and this was perfect. During the summer, you have to worry about rattlesnakes but we had no concern with the cool weather.
At the top, you can see all the way across to the town of Carefree to the east and Phoenix to the south. It’s an out and back, but you can add walking the ridge. We followed it for a while then turned around.
More adventures will be coming as we get closer to the holidays and my folks have some time off. Awoof!
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!