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I17 to Lake Pleasant - Maricopa Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance One Way 12.75 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,721 feet
Elevation Gain -335 feet
Accumulated Gain 298 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 13.74
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Rainy day at Lake Pleasent
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Lake Pleasant Wander
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15  2017-01-21
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I17 to Lake Pleasant - Maricopa Trail
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Just wanted some good miles today away from the mountain bikers. Totally gorgeous day, so I knew they'd be all over the Sonoran. So I chose the southernmost section of the BCT. From the Carefree Highway to the Henderson TH on New River Road, the trail is mostly flat and covers unremarkable desert of mostly buckhorn cholla and brittle brush. I started on the Maricopa Trail near the prison, thus missing the section alongside the shooting range but of course passing by the New River Landfill. The cultural aspects of this section of trail are obviously extensive. LOL

Continued north past the Henderson TH where the trail begins to get more interesting. A couple were at the junction of the trail and a jeep road collecting brass left by shooters who apparently feel threatened by medium sized home appliances. I've been a shooter pretty much all my life, both personally and professionally. I've shot at a wide variety of targets and some folks who shot at me for whatever reason. Just never seen any reason to bang away at a microwave.

Was nearing the Jeep as the sun was setting and some coyotes began their plaintive howls from places nearby. Love the sound. Nice way to end a hike along a mostly deserted trail.

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