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North Phoenix Preserve Mystery Loop, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Loop 6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,500 feet
Elevation Gain 600 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,260 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 12.3
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Author MEWhiteman
author avatar Guides 42
Routes 93
Photos 802
Trips 354 map ( 2,723 miles )
Age 77 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Jan, Dec, Feb, Nov → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  5:41am - 7:27pm
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St Paddy's Mystery Loop
by MEWhiteman

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This is a pleasant loop hike in the northern end of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. It includes several unnamed trails and parts of the Christiansen, Perl Charles, and Irregular Link trails. There are numerous unnamed trails in this area, and the hike frequently turns, so utilizing my GPS track is necessary as I have not noted every turn in my description.

Begin at the 40th Street Trailhead on the north side of the preserve. Hike west on an unnamed trail along the north border of the Preserve (avoiding trail #8 to the left) until just before the 32nd Street access. Then turn left at N33 34.083 W112 00.184. Take the right of the two trails to skirt around the hill on your right. Following my track, begin a short climb. After a left turn, the trail begins a longer climb to a saddle located at N33 33.746 W112 00.474 after passing through a small, pleasant valley. At the saddle, short trails climb to the tops of the hills on either side for lovely views. Back at the saddle, hike down the other side. Turn right at N33 33.645 W112 00.562 and continue following my track. You eventually end up at trail #100. Shortly bear right off #100 to begin a climb up to and then on the Irregular Link #1C to its intersection with trails 1A and 302. Turn left climbing switchbacks to the saddle and down the other side. Stay on 1A past junctions with the VOA trail and trails #302 and #304. Go straight when the 1A bears left. Following my track on various unnamed trails and trail #100 will bring you back to the 40th Street Trailhead.

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2010-03-17 MEWhiteman
    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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    To hike
    From the intersection of Shea & 40th Street simply go south on 40th Street for 1 mile. It dead ends at the trailhead parking, you can't miss it.
    page created by MEWhiteman on Mar 17 2010 7:02 pm
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