4.1 Miles

131 feet

Easy

B- Views

Apache Wash Loop Hike Overview

The Apache Wash Loop hike is full of huge trees. If you are craving a hike with big trees, give this one a go! It’s easy and you will feel great after looking at all those trees.

Map & Elevation Profile

Total distance: 4.11 mi
Max elevation: 1829 ft
Min elevation: 1698 ft
Total time: 01:11:37

Map for the Apache Wash Loop Hike

There is a map at the trailhead that you can take a photo of and you can find a pdf here.

Parking

Put in “Apache Wash trailhead” into the Google maps machine. There is a huge parking area that is free!

Apache Wash Loop Hike Trail Notes

This hike feels different than other hikes closeby because of the wash and the trees. You will cross the wash several times and walk alongside it for a majority of the loop. The whole loop is big (15 miles) and probably a great option for mountain bikes.

The star of this trail is all the trees. People who think there aren’t any hikes with trees in Phoenix haven’t hiked here! And the trees are big (they aren’t Pacific Northwest big trees, but still pretty big!). There is also a huge variety of cholla here. On the drive in there is a huge stand of Chain Fruit cholla. At the trailhead, you will find a Teddy Bear cholla stand. Along the wash, we noticed a bunch of Pencil and Buckhorn cholla as well!

Compared to the other hikes around here the mountain views aren’t great because of the trees or lower elevation. That’s the reason for the B- rating on the views.

Overall it was a nice change of scenery and will give you a nice sense of accomplishment after you finish!

So, is the Apache Wash Loop hike worth it?

Looking for a hike with a lot of trees? This one is perfect then! Plus in some areas, you will get huge expansive mountain views and feel great afterward!

Other hikes close by

Check out the map for options to make a hike that’s right for you and don’t forget to check out my description of the Sidewinder Trail Hike and the Ridgeline Trail Hike.

Get more inspired to get outside:

Hike to the Lookout, McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Why hike to Tom’s Thumb with you can hike to the Lookout? The views are even better, the trail is fantasic and there are less people!

Dispersed Camping Fire Control Road (NF-64), Payson, AZ

The dispersed camping along Fire Control Road (NF-64) in Payson, AZ, is great! There are quiet sites with great views. Read more here!

Piestewa Vs Camelback? Which Should You Hike?

Piestewa vs Camelback? Not sure which one you should hike? Read this article to help you decide. Hint: they both have pros and cons!

Natural Tunnel Via Dirt Road Trail Hike, South Mountain Preserve

Hiking to the Natural Tunnel via the Dirt Road Trail starts out lame (you’re on a dirt road) but quickly turns into a sweet hike. Learn more!

Latigo Chuckwagon Loop Hike, McDowell Sonoran Preserve

The Latigo Chuckwagon Loop Hike is the best hike starting from the Brown’s Mountain trailhead. It is not as busy and has great views!

Sunrise Trail Hike, McDowell Sonoran Preserve

The Sunrise Trail Hike has a lot to offer: some elevation but not too much, SUPERB views, and not too far outside the city! Read more here.

Forest Road 2076 Hike, Tonto National Forest

The Forest Road 2076 hike starts out pretty lame but then opens up to huge views as you hike out of the wash. Plus you most likely won’t see another soul!

136th St Express Trail Hike, McDowell Sonoran Preserve

The 136th St Express Trail Hike is easy, high on the solitude scale and has mountain views in all directions. Great for those more chill days!

136th St Express/Cow Poke Loop Hike, McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Create a scenic 4 mile loop with the 136th St Express/Cow Poke Loop Hike. It’s beautiful over here and there are fewer people too!

15 Practical Ways to Motivate Yourself to get Outside

It happens to everyone! Sometimes our motivation to get out and enjoy nature is low. That’s ok, here are 15 practical ways to motivate yourself to get outside!