One-way Distance: 0.6 miles
Difficulty: Easy
MTB Skill level:
Elevation: 1507 - 1521 feet
Cellphone: 3-5 bars
Time: 30 mins.
Trailhead: Barrier Free
Fee: none
Attractions: scenic pond

The Reach 11 Recreation Area borders the north side of the Central Arizona Project Canal in Phoenix, Arizona. Within its 1,500 acres it has around 18 miles of multiple use trails for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and trail running. This post covers the Javelina trail which provides an alternate route between the E211N and E211S trails that passes a scenic pond along the way.

The Barrier Free trailhead is located on the east side of N. Tatum Blvd., in the 19,000 block, across from the Arizona Horse Lovers Park.

For this post we are beginning at the east end of the Javelina trail near the junction of the E211N and Cottontail trails. As the trail starts out it follows a direct course along a berm that elevates it a little above the ground on either side.

Near the quarter mile point from where the Javelina trail began the Coyote trail branches off on the right providing an alternate route to and from the Barrier Free trailhead.

The Javelina trail was very much out in the open when it began but as it progresses there become more and more mesquite trees and creosote bushes lining its path.

Eventually the vegetation becomes so thick that it forms a tunnel as the tops of the trees on both sides come together to create a canopy over the trail.

A scenic little pond comes up near the end of the trail like a true oasis in the midst of the desert.

On this day a pair of ducks could be seen feeding amongst the moss.

Near the pond the Javelina trail kisses up against the Barrier Free trail. A picnic table can be found here that serves the visitors of both trails by inviting them to stop for awhile and enjoy the peaceful setting before continuing on their way.

Map courtesy City of Phoenix
It is only a couple hundred feet past the pond to where the Javelina trail meets up with E211S and comes to an end. From here it is just under a mile back to the Barrier Free trailhead if you go to the right. A map can come in handy for deciding which of the many Reach 11 trails to explore next. As far as the Javelina trail goes, if you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is grab your bike or 'Take a hike'.