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Gateway Loop Trail - MSP
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2010-04-03
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Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking Apr 03 2010
The Eagle
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,366 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   2.04 mph
1,366 ft AEG
 
Partners none no partners
Decided to check out this area for the first time. At 9:50, the parking lot was full of with what I'm guessing to be 200 cars. I continued to the dumpy old dilapidated Gateway Center (JK, this is an incredible building for a Trailhead. I could tell I was no longer in the west valley) for the start of my hike. The bathrooms in this place are nicer than most people's (West Side) homes. After getting a Double Cinnamon Dolce Frappuccino Light Blended Coffee and a Orange Mango Vivanno Smoothie to go from the Barista there (JK again), I hit the trails. Decided to take the Gateway loop clockwise until getting to the path to the Wingate trail. Took that up to Inspiration Point for a snack and watch the chipmunk. Headed back down to complete the Wingate loop. On the way down I saw my first Desert Tortoise! While on the south side of the Gateway Loop took a short bypass to check out the Paradise trail. I liked the trails and the views. The flowers were still pumping pretty good. The Brittle Bushes, especially on the southern exposures, are going to be exploding this week.
Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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A campfire must be extinguished by drowning it with water, stirring with a shovel, and repeating that process until the campfire is cold to the touch. A campfire is still a danger if it has any trace of heat, and must not be left or abandoned. Wildfires can begin by abandoned campfires that rebuild heat on windy days and then blowing embers ignite surrounding grasses and brush.
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