Brittlebush Trail


This six mile, fairly level trail is still a challenge to experienced hikers. It is located in the middle of the North Maricopa Mountains Wilderness, a 63,000-acre area filled with ridges and mountain peaks. The area is filled with prickly pear, cholla, ocotillo, ironwood, paloverde, and Mexican jumping beans that often make up a relatively thick brush. Hikers may have an opportunity to see desert mule deer, bighorn sheep, javelina, coyote, lizards, birds, and desert tortoises. During the spring the area is filled with yellow blooming flowers. The trail offers tracks which were formerly traversed by vehicles, as well as unmarked desert washes. There are no signs or direction markets, so experienced hikers are encouraged to navigate using topographical maps. There is no longer a motorized access, although there is talk of establishing it again in the future. No facilities are available at the trailhead or once you begin your hike. The trail is busiest from October through April when desert temperatures are cooler. The trail is usually deserted at other times during the year. There is no drinking water available at the trailhead, so be sure to bring plenty for your trip. The area often sees heavy rains that lead to flooding, and hikers are warned not to cross any flooded areas.

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