I hate when visitors have to leave, but Uncle Jim stayed long enough for us to go on several hikes. Oh boy! Besides Sedona, which I blogged about last week, we went on some local hikes. The weather was cooperative as it was warm but not hot with cool mornings. It is always more fun to go on familiar hikes with someone who hasn’t been, so I put my tour guide hat on. Okay, I’m a dog, and I don’t wear hats, but you get the picture.
In the car we went to the Apache Wash trailhead parking lot located at 1600 E Sonoran Desert Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85085, which is super close for those who live in North Phoenix, Tramonto or Norterra. It has a very big parking lot, human restrooms and shade. Weekends get pretty busy, and this particular Saturday was the run for Pat Tillman, so additional folks were out. FYI, Pat Tillman was a professional football player for the Arizona Cardinals, but he joined the U.S. Army after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He was killed in action by friendly fire, and a 4.2-mile run is held each year to honor him.
We weren’t running but set out to hike the 3.5-mile loop to the Apache Wash Vista. I took the lead immediately to show the way, starting off on the Sidewinder trail to the right! I normally would poke around and sniff every bush during the first section, but I was being a great host and kept moving along.
The trail is moderate with a gently incline that loops around the mountain. We then took a left onto the AV (Apache Vista) trail, which is a small loop that takes you up to the top of the mountain for great views. It is only ¼ of a mile up, but it is worth it. At the top, we could see all the way to Scottsdale, downtown Phoenix and north to the Bradshaw mountains.
We took the AV back to the Sidewinder trail and continued on to the super-sized Saguaro and took a left to stay on the Sidewinder trail. There are quite a few options at the Apache Wash, so check the map by the restrooms to see which one you want to do. This loop is one of my favorites.
You’ll come to another intersection and need to turn left again onto Ocotillo, and that will take you back to the restrooms/parking lot. This section is flat and easy. Besides hikers, you will see quite a few mountain bikers, and you might even see horses, which we did. They sure are big!
When we got back to the shade area, mom saw a familiar face. Her dentist, Dr. Beckham, and his wife were there to run. I’ve heard about him (mom says he’s the best!), and he has sent notes thanking me for my articles on adventures. He’s a fan, so we had to get a picture…except it was with his camera. Doh! We forgot to get a copy. So, if you are reading this Dr. Beckham, post or send that picture. I really enjoyed meeting you and your wife.
I love running into fans on the trail. Perhaps I’ll see you some time! Get outside. You never know what you might discover.
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, executive recruiter, business consultant, coach, fitness expert, and author of nine published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!