Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Dinosaur Wash Day Hike

when? Trip Report : November 22, 2014
where? Sophie’s Flat, Wickenburg
the hike     According to the available information there is no evidence of any dinosaur, i.e. no fossils. We will find out about the unexplained name of this wash.
    Anyway, we will be treated with typical Sonoran Desert landscape with stands of saguaro, ocotillo, palo verde and mesquite trees and various varieties of cactus. Wildlife may make an occasional appearance: deer, a family of javelina, desert tortoise and the ubiquitous coyote and jackrabbit. The trails provide wonderful views with a backdrop of the magnificent Weaver and Bradshaw mountain ranges. Dramatic scenic desert and mountain vistas are visible in all directions. So bring your camera.   See Map.
    The trails are well-marked up to the wash. This is the slow-moderate paced hike. All hikers must stay together and wait for the group before making a turn.
    Those who want to explore more could climb down and boulder hop along Dinosaur Wash. But hikers should turn around at a maximum of five miles.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
•  Your smiles  :)
distance 7 miles round trip
time 4-5 hours
EC +-300' elevation change
elevations 2337' at Sophie’s Flat Trailhead
type out and back
starting at Sophie’s Flat Trailhead
on trail 100% — A, B, C, D trail systems
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Wickenburg
meet 7:30 AM in the Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride.
drive     From Fry’s parking lot go north on I-17 to Carefree Hwy/SR74 (exit 223) and go 30 miles west toward Wickenburg on SR74, turn right at US60 and continue to just before the Hassayampa River Bridge traffic circle in Wickenburg. Turn right on El Recreo, go 0.25 mile and veer right onto Constellation Road. Continue 2.7 miles, turn left onto Blue Tank Road and drive 1.3 miles to the trailhead on the right.
    The last 4 miles are on sedan-friendly dirt roads. Trailhead with restroom, information map kiosk, but no water.

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