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Powerline Road #2 - MSPN, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Phoenix NE
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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 4.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,581 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Backpack No
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McDowell Preserve North
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Preferred   Feb, Mar, Jan, Dec → 7 AM
Seasons   Winter to Late Winter
Sun  6:34am - 5:51pm
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Turpentine Trail - MSPN
0.0 mi away
2.1 mi
135 ft
Bootlegger Trail - MSPN
0.0 mi away
1.3 mi
163 ft
Little Granite Mountain - McDowells
0.3 mi away
3.4 mi
1,004 ft
Saddlehorn Trail - MSPN
0.5 mi away
0.2 mi
31 ft
Granite Mountain Trail - MSPN
0.6 mi away
0.2 mi
38 ft
Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPN
0.6 mi away
4.2 mi
320 ft
Balanced Rock Trail - MSPN
1.1 mi away
1.5 mi
138 ft
Cow Poke Trail - MSPN
1.2 mi away
0.6 mi
112 ft
Dove Valley Trail - MSPN
1.2 mi away
0.3 mi
Morning Vista Trail - MSPN
1.2 mi away
0.7 mi
78 ft
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Straight shot through the desert
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Overview
Although Powerline Road #2 pierces a straight and therefore seemingly unentertaining line through the Preserve's northern section, this trail offers plenty of up-and-down hiking. It offers an excellent overview of the entire northern section.


Warning
This is a textbook desert hike. There is no relief from the sun and no water. Do not attempt this without ample water supplies and education about desert hiking.

Hike
The obvious appeal of this trail is that it offers a nice and simple through-hike from one trailhead to the other, west-east, of what's known as the MSP's "northern section." The distance of that route is, from Browns Ranch Trailhead to Granite Mountain Trailhead, using the Brown's Ranch Road, 3.5 miles one-way. It would be very difficult to get lost along the way, because of the total lack of any route-finding skills needed. The trail itself is very wide, and smooth, throughout. There are electric towers strung together with power lines (naturally) guiding you from above the entire way. The trail is also pretty popular, so you'll be seeing people frequently during the winter months.

If solitude and a feeling of distance from civilization are what you seek, you won't find it here. But what you will get is a decent (light) cardio work-out, due to the fair amount of vertical loops along the way. No major hill climbing. But a fair amount of ups and downs, despite the straight-arrow direction. You will also be rewarded with an excellent overview of the entire northern section of the MSP, with direct views along the way of Cone Mountain, Brown's Mountain, Granite Mountain, and all the others. There are connections to virtually every other trail for those wanting to explore deeper into the network, either north or south. For me, this was an ideal mountain bike route, given my hiking environment preferences. But to each their own.

Water Sources
Zero.

Camping
Not allowed.

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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.

Permit $$
Nature Conservancy $6 per person, children under 16 - FREE.


Directions
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To Brown's Ranch Trailhead
From the 101 in North Scottsdale, drive North on Pima/Princess drive and go East on Happy Valley Road to the stop sign at the instersection of Happy Valley & Alma School Road. Follow Alma School Road North past Dynamite until it ends at Brown's Ranch Trailhead.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 34.0 mi - 44m
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 135 mi - 2h 4m
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 139 mi - 2h 15m
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