Trail Guide: Verrado's Temporary Trails - Buckeye, AZ


Wherever we travel, we always pack our hiking clothes because we LOVE to get outside! One of the reasons we were so excited to get back to Phoenix, Arizona is that it's the perfect city to explore the outdoors. This trip, we decided to take on a few of the trails in the community of Verrado, and we were not disappointed by the gorgeous desert scenery!


Getting there:
Located about 30 miles west of Phoenix on I-10 in the suburb of Buckeye, Arizona is Verrado neighborhood. Opened in 2002 this desert community is adjacent to the 30,000 acre White Tank Mountain Regional Park and features nearly 21 miles of trails and paths with difficulties for all skill levels.

We entered the neighborhood's hiking area on Lost Creek Drive and quickly started on Lost Creek Trail. We took the lower, eastern branch of the trail network that wrapped around the base of the White Tanks. We took a straight route that mapped at a little over 3.5 miles each way, 7 miles round trip.

Conditions:
For late December the weather was perfect, 65 degrees and sunny. The trails were wide, sandy and easy, with only a few areas of minor trail washout from recent flooding. Ruby had a very easy time as there were very few rocky areas. We heard along the trail that the area was formerly used by a heavy equipment company to train their operators, which would explain why all the HUGE boulders were lining the sides of the trail instead of obstructing it. 


Features:
It was an easy 7 miles, with only a small amount of elevation change. Along the way we passed hundreds of gorgeous cacti, some massive rock formations, an abandoned quarry and spotted several hawks, lizards and jackrabbits. The mountains were beautiful and you could see all the way to downtown Phoenix from the trail. Be sure to bring plenty of water for you and your pet, as well as waste bags as neither are available at the trail head or along the trail.


The verdict:
All and all, I would rate this system of trails as average. While the hike was easy and the trails were in good shape, the lack of amenities or unique scenery made this hike more like a long walk with a decent view. Furthermore, the trail markers were faded and illegible, making us wonder if we were even still on the trail. You can also see homes the whole time, which kinda destroyed the whole desert ambiance. Then, when the trail ended abruptly on a construction access road we understood why these trails were advertised as "temporary".


Interested in visiting Verrado's Temporary Trails? Click HERE to visit the official Verrado website and download a trail map. Trails are open year round to hikers, bikers, leashed pets and horses.

Where are your favorite places to hike near Phoenix, AZ? 
Have you ever hiked the Verrado Temporary Trails?
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4 comments

  1. I haven't been to Arizona since I was a little girl. Your photos are making me miss the warm sunshine!

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    1. Sounds like it's time for a return trip! We are LOVING the warm weather! Definitely a nice change of pace from the pouring rain in Seattle.

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  2. What an absolutely perfect day for a hike! I love your pictures and that pooch is ADORABLE!

    Emma | Seeking the South

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    1. It was an incredible day! The pictures and the cute dog made the whole getting lost thing worth it!

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