Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area Hiking Trails

 

 

Parks and Recreation Services Update44Parks and Recreation Services Update<div class="ExternalClassF4C339E2F6614BDCBBABE70657A06CB7"><p>City of Phoenix recreation facilities are <strong>open</strong>​​. That includes all community and recreation centers, parks, trails, sports complexes, golf courses and <a href="/pgm">Pueblo Grande Museum</a>.<br></p><p>Indoor facilities are operating at limited capacity and indoor sports leagues are paused.<br></p><p>Additionally, the City of Phoenix is following CDC guidelines and are requiring a mask or face covering when inside city facilities, regardless of vaccination status.​ <span style="color:#efefef;">#homepage #allpks​</span>​</p><p><span style="color:#efefef;"><a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1068" target="_blank" style="text-decoration-line:underline;">Learn more about Parks and Recreation impacted services</a>​</span></p></div>9/1/2021 7:00:00 AM12/31/2021 7:00:00 AM

 

 

"Take a Hike. Do it Right." Hiking Safety Message3"Take a Hike. Do it Right." Hiking Safety Message<div class="ExternalClass0B12337F359B4FDC8525C8706510E9B5"><p>​City of Phoenix Park Rangers educate trail users to follow important <a href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_NRD/Take%20a%20Hike%20-%20Do%20it%20Right.pdf" target="_blank">"Take a Hike. Do it Right."</a> safety guidelines.​ Regardless of the weather or time of year, always hydrate before, during and after a hike.​ </p><p>During Arizona's warm weather months, Phoenix Park Rangers and the Phoenix Fire Department recommend hiking during the early morning or evening hours when it is cooler and there is more shade.<br></p><p>Trail users are encouraged to take advantage of extended summer hours at <a href="/parks/trails/locations/north-mountain">North Mountain Park</a> and <a href="/parks/trails/locations/piestewa-peak">Piestewa Peak Trailhead</a> in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, and <a href="/parks/trails/locations/south-mountain">Pima Canyon Trailhead​</a> in South Mountain Park/Preserve. Parking lot entrances are open until 9 p.m. at those locations from June 1 to September 30, 2021. <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1929">Read more about extended summer hours at city trailheads​</a>.​</p><p>Monitor the <a href="https://weather.com/weather/today/l/USAZ0166:1:US" target="_blank">local forecast</a> and understand that all<a href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_NRD/Trail%20Rating%20Guide.pdf" target="_blank"> trail difficulty ratings</a> are raised one level when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. <span style="color:#f2f2f2;">#hikeright​</span></p><p>Dogs are prohibited on all City of Phoenix hiking trails when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. <a href="https://www.azhumane.org/events/dont-leave-pets-kids-hot-cars/" target="_blank">Learn how to keep pets safe during warm weather months</a>.</p><p>​The <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1858" target="_blank">annual ban of open fires in Phoenix's desert parks and mountain preserves​</a> went into effect May 1, 2021.​</p></div>4/18/2020 7:00:00 AM1/1/2022 7:00:00 AM

 

 

Rio Salado - 7th Street Trailhead Closure42Rio Salado - 7th Street Trailhead Closure<div class="ExternalClassF00D2DE7577D4A6FB7CE566F4712D9A3"><p><span style="font-size:19px;font-weight:700;box-sizing:border-box;color:#ff0000;">***TRAILHEAD CLOSED***</span><span style="font-family:hind, "open sans", sans-serif;font-size:19px;font-weight:700;background-color:#ffffff;color:#ff0000;"> </span>​<br></p><p>Effective February 28, 2021, and until further notice, the 7th Street Trailhead is temporarily closed and access to trails under the 7th Street bridge is restricted. The trailheads at 16th Street and Central Avenue are open, and hikers are able to travel west of 16th Street and east of Central Avenue, but will be required to turn around before reaching the area near the 7th Street bridge. ​<br></p><p>The closure was put in place following a gas utility line leak and fire in the area​ near the bridge​. The bridge reopened to vehicle and pedestrian traffic in August 2021. <a href="/streets/7thstsaltriverbridge" target="_blank">A project to refurbish the trails under the bridge, and revegetate the area around them, is scheduled to be completed in late November 2021</a>​​.​ <span style="color:#f2f2f2;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">#RioSalado</span></p></div>2/28/2021 7:00:00 AM11/30/2021 7:00:00 AM

 
Trail Descriptions
 

​Northeast Central Avenue Trailhead

2439 S. Central Ave.
Trailhead and Trail Hours: Sunrise to 7 p.m. or Sunset, whichever comes first seasonally


North Overbank Trail -easy

Difficulty:  Easy

Access:  Start from Northeast Central Avenue Trailhead. Proceed to North Overbank Trail.

Description:  This is a dog friendly trail running along the north side of the Rio Salado Riverbed. It provides ADA accessible opportunities for bird watching and enjoying the beautiful riparian scenery. This asphalt trail is perfect for walking, biking, inline or roller skating, and dog walking. The trail also offers excellent views of the Low Flow Channel, South Mountain and downtown Phoenix, along with the sights and sound of wildlife inhabitants.

Distance:  3.7 miles

Elevation change:  0 feet



North Terrace Trail -easy

Difficulty:  Easy

Access:  Start from Northeast Central Avenue Trailhead. Proceed to North Terrace Trail.

Description:  This dirt trail runs parallel to the northern side of the Rio Salado Riverbed, and provides visitors an opportunity to explore a riparian habitat in the middle of the desert. This trail is a great option for those interested in bird watching and observing the riparian scenery. This also is a popular equestrian trail.

Distance:  3.9 miles

Elevation change:  0 feet 



 

Southeast 7th Street Trailhead

2875 S. 7th St.
Trailhead and Trail Hours: Sunrise to 7 p.m. or Sunset, whichever comes first seasonally


South Overbank Trail -easy

Difficulty:  Easy

Access:  Start from Southeast 7th Street Trailhead. Proceed to South Overbank Trail.

Description:  This is a dog friendly trail running along the south side of the Rio Salado Riverbed. It provides ADA accessible opportunities for bird watching and enjoying the beautiful riparian scenery. This asphalt trail is perfect for walking, biking, inline or roller skating, and dog walking. The trail also offers excellent views of the Low Flow Channel, South Mountain and downtown Phoenix, along with the sights and sound of wildlife inhabitants.

Distance:  3.0 miles

Elevation change:  0 feet


South Terrace Trail -easy

Difficulty:  Easy

Access:  Start from Southeast 7th St. Trailhead. Proceed to South Terrace Trail.

Description:  This dirt trail runs parallel to the southern side of the Rio Salado Riverbed, and provides visitors an opportunity to explore a riparian habitat in the middle of the desert. This trail is a great option for those interested in bird watching and observing the riparian scenery. This also is a popular equestrian trail.

Distance:  3.2 miles

Elevation change:  0 feet

 

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Review "Take a Hike. Do it Right." guidelines before visiting the trail.  The symbol to the right of each trail name represents the difficulty rating.

Trail rating guide

*Add an additional level of difficulty when the temperature is in the triple digits.