Pipeline Canyon Trail
To get to the South trailhead: From the Phoenix area, take I-17 North to the Carefree highway exit (HWY-74). Turn West (left) and go about 11.5 miles. Turn into the park by Castle Hot springs road and drive 2.2 miles. Turn right here onto the Lake Pleasant Access road. After about 3 miles, this road dead ends at the trailhead. This is a fee area and as of April, 2013, this fee was $6 per car. There is a restroom here.
To get to the North trailhead: Continue driving on Castle Hot Springs road past the Lake Pleasant Access road to Castle Creek Drive. Turn right onto Castle Creek Drive, then drive to Cottonwood lane. Turn right again and drive to the end of the road for the trailhead and parking. There is a restroom here.
- Wild Flowers
Hike the Pipeline trail near Lake Pleasant, Arizona.
From the South trailhead, take the well marked trail North from the parking area. After a rain, the wildflowers quickly overrun this area and add color rarely seen by the desert. Orange, Red, Purple, Yellow, and gold all find their way into the desert wildflowers in this area. After about 0.5 miles of easy walking through this kaleidoscope of color, you will reach a bridge. If the water is at a high mark, this bridge may be closed. If it is closed, this makes a good turn around point. If it is not closed, you can continue another 1.5 miles to the North trailhead.