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Badger Springs Wash Trail

Intermediate
 3.7 (3)

This sandy trail leads hikers down a wash to the Agua Fria River, which is usually dry.


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0.8

Miles

1.2

KM

Point to Point

3,139' 957 m

High

3,069' 935 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

71' 21 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

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Description

Take your time making your way down the Badger Springs Wash to the Aqua Fria River. Though the river is dry most of the year, this hike is still a pleasant outing. The route leads through desert landscapes, and located about 1 hour north of Phoenix, Arizona; this is an accessible route.

To get to the trailhead, take exit 156 off of I-17, and follow Badger Springs Road until you reach the parking area.

At the end of the Badger Wash Trail, you'll come to a junction with a wash on the left-hand side and a large rock outcropping. Near the top of this rock outcropping, you can spot a very good example of early American Indian petroglyphs.

One of the best times to hike the Badger Spring Trail in late May or early June when the spring flowers are in bloom.

Flora & Fauna

Cactus, yucca, mesquite, creosote bushes, lizards, snakes, and birds.

Contacts

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CJ Le Count

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  3.7 from 3 votes

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Fun on the trail.
Nov 2, 2016 near Cordes…, AZ
A nice desert hike down the Badger Springs Wash Trail.
Nov 2, 2016 near Cordes…, AZ
Water flows toward the right fork of Badger Spring.
Apr 26, 2017 near Cordes…, AZ
Badger Spring is a beautiful sight in this dry desert environment.
Apr 26, 2017 near Cordes…, AZ
Badger Spring provides a pleasant riparian environment complete with decent shade.
Apr 26, 2017 near Cordes…, AZ
Petroglyphs can be found on the rocks along the trail.
Apr 26, 2017 near Cordes…, AZ

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May 27, 2019
Toni May
Nov 25, 2018
Rock On
Saw some petroglyphs to the left.
Aug 1, 2018
Sarah Brooke
We reached the “end” of the trail where the petroglyphs were supposed to be and never saw them, walked past down to some “falls” 2mi