Lizard/Cactus Over-the-Rock Loop
ElevationAscent: 109' 33 m
Descent: -111' -34 m
High: 1,242' 379 m
Low: 1,169' 356 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)
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“A loop hike in a tiny desert in the city.”— Jesse Smith
The views are pretty good; they would be better without the power lines and nearby roads. One drawback I noticed was that there are a lot of campers (homeless) in the park and a fair amount of trash in spots.
There is a large parking lot at the trailhead, so easy to get in/out. From the wide parking connector, you cross Curry Road on the Lizard Trail which you'll follow for the first part of your hike. You then connect to the Cactus Trail and can choose to take the main trail or one of the alternates for a bit more variety. Eventually, you'll connect back to the Lizard Trail to return to the parking area.
Land Manager: City of Phoenix - Trails and Desert Preserves