Black Hill Trail - MSPN, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,502 feet
Elevation Gain 85 feet
Accumulated Gain 135 feet
Avg Time One Way 45 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 2.45
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Age 52 Male Gender
Location Mesa, AZ
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Sun  5:38am - 7:28pm
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Old jeep road, new trail
by DarthStiller

This trail is an old jeep road that has been redone a little bit to serve as one of the main entry trails into the new northern expansion of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. It starts at the Fraesfield Trailhead and heads directly north, terminating at Powerline Road #2. It intersects with three other trails before its termination point, providing some loop options on the eastern side of this new area.

The trail starts very wide, obviously a road that's been there for several years. To your left (west) Fraesfield Mountain is visible, as is the Whiskey Bottle Trail carved into the northeastern side of it. Directly ahead to the north is the powerline, which isn't the greatest view. Just beyond the powerline. However, is Granite Mountain. At about the half-mile point, the official trail branches off from the road and becomes a single track. This spot is marked well and is just before an abandoned steel tank of some kind. The single track eventually turns back to jeep roads, alternating along its way between the two. Views of Four Peaks to the east are visible and the Mazatzals to the northeast.

The vegetation for the most part is scrub brush, some mesquite, and paloverdes. Not many cacti are seen until the northern end of the trail, where a saguaro forest and teddy bear, and buckhorn chollas begin to appear near Granite Mountain. Along the single track sections, the vegetation becomes closer and thicker to the trail.

At the termination point, you have the option to follow Powerline Road #2 to another area of the park east or west or continue north on the Granite Mountain Trail to the Granite Mountain Loop Trail. All options lead to other intersections of trails that can loop you back to the Fraesfield Trailhead.

This trail and area, in general, seem to be equally used by hikers, bikers, trail runners, and equestrians.

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2014-02-17 DarthStiller
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This hike is listed as One-Way.

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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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Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To Fraesfield Trailhead
13400 East Rio Verde Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85262
No bathrooms or water at trailhead

Easiest access is from Dynamite Boulevard from the west and through Fountain Hills north to Rio Verde Drive from the east.
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 1 h 58 min
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 2 h 4 min
page created by DarthStiller on Feb 17 2014 9:13 pm
90+° 8am - 6pm kills
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