Long loop through the Western gateway area, making use of several underlying trails. Going anti-clockwise, the stretch on Girdner Trail
heading north from the intersection with Axis
is especially good. A singletrack gaining in height above dry creek with great views.
Need to Know
Large parking area away from the crowds, although one side of it is used for target practice sometimes, it can be a little noisy.
This is a winter hike, its very exposed to the sun in summer and regardless of the time of year, make sure you have lots of water.
From the parking lot, follow the flat Arizona Cypress train, which has a sand surface for much of the way until reaching the intersection with "Connector
". Make a right and criss-cross the bed of Dry Creek until hitting Rupp Trail
. Make a right and start the climb where 360 views of the surrounding red rocks emerge.
After 2.25 miles make a left onto a small signposted connector trail (Rover Trail
) which drops down to meet Axis
at 3 miles. Follow Axis
south for about 1.5 miles until it intersects Girder Trail. Make a left here and start the journey back to the parking lot. This is about halfway.
has been re-routed here from old trails. It no longer follows the creek-bed, but travels higher up the slope. Walk Girder Trail for about 4 miles and make the left at the post to Snake Trail
, which drops down to the starting point at Arizona Cypress.
Shared By: Peter Wright