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Mesquite Canyon Trail - MSP, AZ

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Distance One Way 0.24 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,841 feet
Elevation Gain -19 feet
Accumulated Gain 21 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 0.31
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Historical Weather
Trailhead Forecast
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Feb, Jan
Sun  7:31am - 5:46pm
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Official Route
2 Alternative
Nearby Area Water
The Lookout from Tom
The Lookout from Tom's Thumb North
0.1 mi away
5.1 mi
1,672 ft
Lost Wall Loop - McDowell Mountains
0.1 mi away
4.0 mi
1,360 ft
Hog Heaven Loop - McDowell Mountains
Hog Heaven Loop - McDowell Mountains
0.1 mi away
4.4 mi
1,508 ft
Tom's Thumb TH to Sunrise TH
0.1 mi away
16.8 mi
3,906 ft
Tom's Thumb TH to Gateway TH
0.1 mi away
8.5 mi
2,400 ft
Tom's Thumb Trail - MSP
0.1 mi away
4.7 mi
1,400 ft
Marcus Landslide Trail - MSP
Marcus Landslide Trail - MSP
0.1 mi away
3.9 mi
550 ft
Caballo Trail - MSP
Caballo Trail - MSP
0.3 mi away
0.4 mi
52 ft
Feldspar Trail - MSP
0.3 mi away
0.7 mi
5 ft
Rock Knob Trail - MSP / MMRP
Rock Knob Trail - MSP / MMRP
0.5 mi away
1.1 mi
5 ft
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Likely In-Season!
Mesquite Canyon Trail - MSP is a 0.24 mile one way hike with 21 feet accumulated elevation gain. Located 4 miles east of Scottsdale Arizona. March and November are the best months to enjoy this hike.

Check out the Official Route.

  • MSP Rock Climbing Guide - Page 1
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    MSP Rock Climbing Guide - Page 1
  • MSP Rock Climbing Guide - Page 2
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    MSP Rock Climbing Guide - Page 2
  • MSP Rock Climbing Guide - Page 3
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    MSP Rock Climbing Guide - Page 3
  • MSP - Approved Climbing Areas 2011
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    MSP - Approved Climbing Areas 2011
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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

To Tom's Thumb Trailhead
1) 101 (Pima Freeway) to Frank Lloyd Wright
2) East on Frank Lloyd Right to N Thompson Peak Parkway
3) North on Thompson Peak Parkway to McDowell Sonoran Preserve Gateway Trailhead to drop off first vehicle
4) Then North on Thompson Peak Parkway to Pima Rd
5) North on Pima Rd to Happy Valley Rd
6) East on Happy Valley Rd until it turns north and changes to 116th st.
7) East on Ranch Gate Rd to 128th St
8) South on 128th to Park Entrance

From Exit 36 of AZ-101 Loop North, head northeast on North Pima Rd 4.7 miles to East Happy Valley Road. Turn right onto East Happy Valley Road and drive 4.3 miles to Ranch Gate Road. Turn right onto Ranch Gate Road and travel 1.3 miles and then turn right onto North 128th Street. After 1.0 mile on North 128th Street, you'll be at the trailhead gate. No water at the trailhead! Bathrooms are non-flush.

If you just pop in the coordinates of the trailhead, it's very possible that your GPS unit will tell you to wrong turn from Happy Valley Road onto Alameda Road at ( 33.706667, -111.832396 ). Don't do it! Those GPS units don't know that there's a locked gate at (33.694441, -111.813335).

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 34.8 mi, 55 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 135 mi, 2 hours 24 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 149 mi, 2 hours 37 mins
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