In this ride, get the opportunity to ride a system of washes and a narrow ‘canyon’ to end at the Verde River just below Bartlett Lake. The second half of the trail, not the ideal spot to be in a flash flood, winds through a narrow canyon.
Begin by taking Cave Creek Rd. through Care Free and Cave Creek to Bartlett Dam Rd. (also known as Service Rd 205). After 2.9 miles turn right into the wash on the right. [To the left should be blocked off) Zero your trip meter and begin riding south. Since there are so many washes, there is no official right or wrong path but at 3.25 miles, you should be in The main wash. Continue following the trail until you bear right at 6.86 miles. From this point on, the walls of the canyon get higher as the trail winds eastward toward the Verde River. At about 10.35 miles you pass through a shady spot and at 10.5 miles the trail ends at the Verde River. It is advised to not cross the river and stay off the road going south unless you are in a car. The end of the trail is a good spot to take some pictures, camp, or eat.
The trail roundtrip is about 21miles and can be completed in 2-3 hours.