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Paradise Trail - MSP, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
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Distance One Way 1.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,655 feet
Elevation Gain 350 feet
Accumulated Gain 360 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.7
Interest Off-Trail Hiking
Backpack No
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Inaugural Calculation on Button Tap!
3  2021-02-14
Thompson Peak
7  2021-02-02
Quartz Paradise
5  2021-01-19
Gateway Paradise Levee Loop Plus
4  2020-12-16
Levee - Paradise - Bell
4  2019-05-27
Lost Dog Sunrise Paradise Loop
7  2017-12-10
Gateway Loop Trail - MSP
4  2017-11-25
Thompson Peak from 104th St TH
7  2017-09-23
McDowell Mountain Loop
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Author Crzy4AZ
author avatar Guides 31
Routes 96
Photos 2,637
Trips 601 map ( 2,170 miles )
Age 48 Female Gender
Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Preferred   Nov, Dec, Feb, Mar → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  5:18am - 7:41pm
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20 Alternative

Conjunction junction, what's your function
by Crzy4AZ

Chances are you won't hike (or bike) the Paradise Trail in isolation, and defining the start of the trail depends on your perspective. The trail follows the edge of developed land for 1.5 miles linking several City of Scottsdale trails around the McDowell mountain range (see map).

This description begins at the parking lot at Bell Road and 104th Street where you go 0.2 miles before signs for the Levee trail appear. Take the raised Levee trail for one mile to the intersection with Paradise.

Here you have three choices:
To Bell Pass - go left 0.2 miles on Paradise trail to Gateway Loop then go right to meet up with Bell Pass trail in 0.2 miles. It's two miles of switchbacks from here to the great views at Bell Pass;
(2) To McDowell pit mines - go right a few feet and then head up the hill;
(3) To Quartz trail - go right 1.3 miles and follow the signs.

This description trailhead GPS coordinates are from the start of the Levee trail by the parking area at Bell & 104th Street. I chose this location since you can't access Paradise trail without starting on some other trail first. Here are the GPS coordinates for the three choices:

1. Intersection of Gateway Loop and Paradise
2. Intersection of Levee trail and Paradise
3. Intersection of Quartz trail and Paradise

You'll find the Paradise trail to be isolated in sections and in a wash below housing developments in other parts. The terrain is rocky with gentle ups and downs, which lends itself well to mountain biking, walking, or trail running.

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2007-12-10 Crzy4AZ
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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
Directions: From 101 - take Bell Road exit (either FLW Blvd or Pima/Princess depending on your direction). After the intersection of Bell Rd with Thompson Peak Parkway continue east, and the gravel lot is on the left at 104th Street.

If you visit the mines or go off the labeled trails, you'll need a AZ State Land Trust permit.
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