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Palm Lake Loop

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This is an easy trail around Palm Lake at the Hassayampa River Preserve near Wickenburg, AZ.


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Map Key

0.7

Miles

1.1

KM

Out and Back

1,965' 599 m

High

1,954' 595 m

Low

17' 5 m

Up

17' 5 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

3%

Max Grade (2°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Lake · Wildlife

Family Friendly A wide and fairly level path with the opportunity to see wildlife like great blue herons and Mallard ducks.

No swimming. Usually closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Check on The Nature Conservancy's website.

Overview

This is a great trail for families to explore with children. There is some good wildlife viewing at the various stops on the trail. There are other trails at the Hassayampa River Preserve, but they are not as child friendly. The trail itself is hardened dirt, and meanders around the Palm Lake. Nearby is where the Hassayampa River flows above ground, and shows why a small flow of water is so important in the Sonoran Desert. Lots of hummingbirds, various other birds, and occasionally a grey fox can be seen.

Need to Know

Occasionally, there may be a cow or calf near the trail. This area is very popular for family portraits and senior portraits as well as a popular birding area. The trail can be noisy as it is very near US 60.

Description

Leaving the visitor center, you'll walk down the trail to a large sign. The Palm Lake Loop is to the left and is well-signed. Large cottonwood trees and palm trees surround this area, and a wide path will let you casually stroll around the lake. There are several areas with benches to stop and look for wildlife, and near the beginning and end of this loop trail, hikers can enjoy a small picnic area located beneath lofty cottonwoods.

Flora & Fauna

Cottonwood, mesquites, and palm trees. Great blue heron, kingfisher, Mallard ducks, hummingbirds, grey fox, and the occasional skunk.

Contacts

Land Manager: The Nature Conservancy

Shared By:

CJ Le Count

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Photos

A view of Palm Lake.
Nov 1, 2016 near Wickenburg, AZ
Palm Lake Trail
Nov 1, 2016 near Wickenburg, AZ
Enjoy this rare site at Hassayampa River Preserve---a Gila Monster!
Feb 5, 2017 near Wickenburg, AZ
Palm Trees along the trail.
Nov 1, 2016 near Wickenburg, AZ
Enjoy a short view of Palm Lake looking north.
Feb 5, 2017 near Wickenburg, AZ
Another view of Palm Lake.
Nov 1, 2016 near Wickenburg, AZ

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