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Max Delta Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,348 feet
Elevation Gain 286 feet
Accumulated Gain 368 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 3.63
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Author joebartels
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Routes 829
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Trips 4,849 map ( 24,809 miles )
Age 51 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Mar, Feb, Nov, Dec
Sun  5:19am - 7:41pm
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by joebartels

Max Delta Trail is named for the mine near the west end of the trail. Production years 1913-1942. 500-foot deep shaft, about 2,500 feet of tunnels. It yielded more than 6,200 oz of gold and 4,300 oz of silver.

Hills > flats > washes
Start at South Mountain Park Main Entrance lot across from Scorpion Gulch. The trail ends at Bajada Trail.

Scorpion Gulch
Trading post built in 1936. Owned and operated by William Lunsford and his wife. They lived in the attached building. "Grandpa," as he was known, cared more about children visitors than profit margins. Bottles of pop and penny candy were often given away. In the '60s, parents were known to phone ahead kids were on their way. Bill then returned a courtesy call as they departed the curio shop, which included jewelry, leather goods, and native crafted items. In the 1970s, it became a bar. Scorpion Gulch was listed on the historic preservation register in October of 1990.

From the East
After a quick left, it follows an old road grade. Then narrows down to a three-foot-wide path passing the entrance Gate House. Brittlebush, Coulter's Lupine, creosote, Yellow Paloverdes and sunshine greeted my adventure on the horizon.

Ascending the first hill, views to your right are downtown Phoenix with the current Diamondbacks stadium. Pop, pop, pop gunfire is from the police academy over the north ridge. Whereas artillery noise is likely from Maryvale Circle Ks or Dennys. Tread is excellent throughout.

It can get a little noisy at times since the trail follows above the road through the park. On the same token, you get lovely views of the park from the elevated point of view.

Passing the park headquarters shares a proportion of the Nature Trail. You get bonus plaques and a bench that looks as sturdy as termites holding hands. 0.1 mi after the bench, take the signed left down into the basin flats. Soon you cross the road to Little & Big ramadas.

Hiking through the basin is semi blah. Spring flowers give it life. It was probably pretty cool at one time. Now the saguaro forest shows major signs of being abused by rock throwers. Then you have some free piles of horse apples. With a positive attitude, the right weather in the right light, and enough stress in life, it eases tension.

The last half mile is relaxing low-grade hills. I'm not a jogger. I'm not a piece of bacon either. With the skillet heating up, it jogged itself.

Parts were much better than anticipated. The eastern 1.25 mi and western 0.4 mi were my favorites. Urban noise and rolly hill haters should choose a different trail.

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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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