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Tonto Tank Trail - MMRP, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,875 feet
Elevation Gain 436 feet
Accumulated Gain 436 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.15
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Author NatureKopelli
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by NatureKopelli

Tonto Tank Trail is one of the connector trails available at McDowell Mountain Regional Park. This trail can be hiked as an out and back, or may be used with other trails to hike as a loop. The easiest access is from the Shallmo Drive trailhead via a one mile hike southwest along Pemberton Trail. This trail may also be reached from the campground hiking east via the Granite Trail.

The majority of the hike is flat and smooth, with the exception of one small, steep hill about 15-25 feet in elevation. Tonto Tank Trail is an excellent bike path, as are many of the other trails within the park. Evidence of past fire and mass destruction is evidence throughout the hike, as there are numerous cholla skeletons and burnt tree stumps scattered along the path. This is a common sight among the trails at MMRP, but this trail seemed to have an especially high concentration of skeletons. Nature, though, has endured, and new plants and growth are plentiful. Beautiful views of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve can be seen hiking to the west, and hiking to the east one gets unobstructed views of Four Peaks and the Superstition Mountain range. At the end of the trail, the option exists to continue on the Pemberton left or right for a loop hike.

Viewing Pemberton Pond, located along Pemberton Trail, can also be considered along with this hike; it is only about 0.3 miles to the south of the start of this trail.

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MMRP North Loop
With a tweaked knee a nice stroll in the park was what the doctor ordered, hitting two "new to me" trails along the way, Tonto Tank and Scenic. Saw a lot of rabbits in the early hours of the hike and had great views of the surrounding ranges throughout. Really nice temps, cloudy and cooler, for most of the day. Saw about a dozen or so mountain bikers and a half dozen trail runners, but only saw a few other hikers on the Scenic trail. The knee held up good so hopefully it will finish the healing process this next week.
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We had a family camp-out at the McDowell County Park. The original plan was to mountain bike the Pemberton loop.
The biking plans fell through so I made the best of it and hiked from the camp spot to the Gateway TH.

It was pretty warm hike. I saw my first ratter for the year. :scared:

Gin and Nate meet me at the TH.

Permit $$
Maricopa Regional Parks - Fees more info

$7 per vehicle,$85 annual or trade your first born for the life pass

$2 walk, bike or horse ride into park

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Paved - Car Okay

To hike
To get to the park, from central Phoenix, take Loop 202 east to Beeline Highway (SR 87). Continue northeast on SR 87 to Shea Blvd. Travel west on Shea Blvd. to Saguaro Blvd.; turn north. Continue through Town of Fountain Hills to Fountain Hills Blvd; turn right and travel four miles to the McDowell Mountain Regional Park entrance.
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