Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area Hiking Trails

 

 

 

 

Trail Restrictions for Dogs - Dogs prohibited on trail when temperature is 100 degrees or warmer4Trail Restrictions for Dogs - Dogs prohibited on trail when temperature is 100 degrees or warmer<div class="ExternalClass2CC0A0158ABE4807B10863919E4E57EB"><p>Dogs are prohibited on City of Phoenix hiking trails when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. </p><p><a href="http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/pets_safe_heat_wave.html?" target="_blank">Learn how to keep pets safe during warm weather months.</a> <span style="color:#f2f2f2;">#hikeright</span><br></p></div>4/25/2019 7:00:00 AM10/1/2019 7:00:00 AM
Fire Ban for Desert Parks and Mountain Preserves9Fire Ban for Desert Parks and Mountain Preserves<div class="ExternalClass9BD9996AE1234347B07E288EB7C4F430"><p>​The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will ban open fires in the city's desert parks and mountain preserves starting <strong>Wednesday, May 1, 2019</strong>. <a href="/news/parks/2332">Learn more about the fire ban</a>.</p><p>The annual fire ban stipulates the following: Open, wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in any part of Phoenix's preserve land; smoking outside of enclosed vehicles continues to be prohibited; propane or gas grills may be used, but only in established picnic areas.</p><p>For additional information contact 602-495-5458 or <a href="mailto:natural.resources.pks@phoenix.gov">natural.resources.pks@phoenix.gov</a>. <span style="color:#f2f2f2;">#hikeright</span></p></div>4/29/2019 7:00:00 AM10/15/2019 7:00:00 AM
Hiking Safety Heat Message3Hiking Safety Heat Message<div class="ExternalClass0B12337F359B4FDC8525C8706510E9B5"><p>Triple-digit heat is the forecast. City of Phoenix Park Rangers advise hiking during the early morning or evening hours this time of year when it is cooler and there is more shade. Always follow these 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.</p><p>Extended summer hours run from June 1 to September 30 at these Phoenix trailheads - North Mountain Park, Piestewa Peak and Pima Canyon in South Mountain Park/Preserve. Parking lots are open until 9 p.m. and trails until 11 p.m. at those locations.</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></div>4/25/2019 7:00:00 AM10/1/2019 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.