Big Wash Trail

An ultra-smooth, flat hike through the desert.

Hiking Easy

Distance
13 km
Ascent
113 m
Descent
113 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
860 m
High Point
945 m
Gradient
Big Wash Trail Map

If you’re looking for a mellow, flat hike lined with beautiful cacti, look no further than the Big Wash Trail. This ultra-smooth singletrack crisscrosses the eponymous “big wash” for miles. Despite starting from a subdivision near Oracle Valley, the trail quickly heads out deep into the desert.

Description

It’s tough to explain just how flat and non-technical this singletrack is. It’s actually incredibly rare to find a trail that’s this smooth. While there are a few sections of loose sand when you cross the wash, that’s the extent of the challenge on this trail. Consequently, it’s common to see older people enjoying this beautiful, relaxed hike.

You can walk for miles and miles on the Big Wash trail—the route mapped here covers the entire trail as an 8.2-mile out-and-back route. If this isn’t enough hiking for you, you can head deeper into the Honeybee-X trail system. (Check out this mountain bike route for a map.) The further you wander, the more remote the desert becomes, and the better the views get. However, do note that you’ll have to return the way you came, so ensure that you’re completely prepared for a big day out in the desert.

Difficulty

Easy

Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Family friendly

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