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Whiskey Bottle Trail - MSPN, AZ

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Distance One Way 2.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,522 feet
Elevation Gain 210 feet
Accumulated Gain 300 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 3.9
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Author DarthStiller
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quickest trail to the center of the northern expansion
by DarthStiller

The Whiskey Bottle Trail is a new trail in the expanded northern section of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The trail starts at the Fraesfield Trailhead and heads northwest across the northeast side of Fraesfield Mountain and terminates at the Powerline Road #2. From there, you can go back the way you came, or continue on throughout the system of trails making a larger loop back to the Fraesfield Trailhead.

Take the wide dirt road from the trailhead north, which is the Black Hill Trail. At 0.1 miles, the junction for the Whiskey Bottle is also as the same point as the Monument Trail. Take the Whiskey Bottle Trail to the left and head northwest. The trail very quickly becomes a narrow single track and begins to gain elevation along the northeast side of Fraesfield Mountain. Below you to your right, you can see the Black Hill Trail head directly north, as well as the Dixileta Trail that junctions with it. Behind you are very good views of Four Peaks and to your right the Mazatzals and Mt. Ord are visible in the distance. Closer, just beyond the power lines, is Granite Mountain, which has a nice network of trails surrounding it from the Granite Mountain Trailhead on 136th Street. Once you’ve reached the high point of the trail and begin to descend, Brown’s Ranch Mountain is visible directly ahead. The trail is fairly soft reddish dirt with not too many rocks. Vegetation is pretty sparse in this section on the mountain.

The trail quickly descends to junction the Dixileta Trail at the 1.6 mile mark and continues northwest. Soon to your left the golf course is visible on the western side of Fraesfield Mountain. At this point the trail is very flat and meanders back and forth through the somewhat thicker vegetation, mostly mesquite and palo verdes. The trail remains softer dirt with not much rock. Just a little further past the junction of the Dixileta Trail are the junctions of the Turpentine and Yucca Trails, which intersect at an odd angle. Having a map is probably a little helpful here to figure your bearings. At 2.9 miles, the trail ends at the Powerline Road #2, very near the junctions for the Chuckwagon, Watershed, Vaquero and 118th Street Trails, giving options for other exploration throughout the preserve. Directly ahead to the northwest Brown’s Ranch Mountain is very prominent and the summit trail on it is clearly visible. At this point you’re also right in the center of the preserve, just a mile or so away from anywhere else you might want to check out.

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Most recent of 20 deeper Triplog Reviews
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What nice afternoon for a hike in the McDowell Mountain Preserve. We hit the trailhead about 1pm and was met with a nice little breeze that stayed with us throughout the entire hit.
Only seen one hiker and two bike riders out today.
This was a very relaxing little hike that Rowdy and I both enjoyed.
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The morning turned warmer than I thought as Sun was out. Did Latigo trail as it warms me up nicely. Saw one dog off leash near Fraesfield. :o
Had a nice chat with retired COS employee. He saw fresh mountain lion tracks in the area.
Overall a very nice hike.
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Did patrol hike this am. Weather was windy,gloomy and couldn't see anything initially. Things cleared up towards noon and parking lot filled up nicely. Saw several muledeer today while going and coming back on latigo. Was able to photograph them first time in the preserve :y:
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Date hike - wanted something with not much elevation gain after hiking earlier in the day. Cloud cover made hike nice and luckily no gnats. Noticed an old AZGF water catchment basin off Turpentine trail that I had never noticed before. Just seems so silly and all it does is attract biting bugs and millions of bees. I think all the animals have lived just fine in the desert without human-created watering holes for a long time. Although maybe the real purpose is to attract animals to hunt them.

Saw 5 jack rabbits and heard/saw one very loud Diamondback rattlesnake. He was right by trail's edge and so loud - I scooted away then looked back and Brad with headphones on didn't hear it and was about to walk right near the snake as he's all coiled up and ready to strike. I yelled at Brad to move over - - and all was well. Snake stayed coiled/raised up but then settled down and stopped rattling.

Changed in parking lot and then had dinner at Mesquite Grill at McDowell golf club. There is a hamburger with bacon and pulled pork and cheese that is out of this world good. I love sitting out on their patio watching sunset.

barrel cactus blooms here and there - - few marigolds too
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Granite Mtn Loop via Brown's Ranch Trailhead
wow what a nice morning for a hike. I only met one hiker early on and after that bike riders only. Oh they all very nice and really like how well Rowdy handles himself on the trails.
The hike was so nice early on as we had cloud cover for the first four miles after that we still enjoyed the scattered clouds ever time the got between us and the sun. I counted five Cardinals today got pictures of three but only two came out. And Rowdy got to see his first Gila Monster and it was no big deal to him. We did also see two deer but they were faster than I was with my camera.
It did warm up and Rowdy took advantage of a lot of the pools of water on the trail, mostly to lay down in them. It was a nice day to go hiking.
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Well it was beautiful day to be out on a trail. This wasn't the hike I planned, but it's the one my ankle would let me do. The trails were really busy with bike riders and only a few hikers.
The Preserve itself is really beautiful this time of year and not so much as flowers but all the other life it has. :y:
This is really a beautiful place to see.
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Wanted to hit both Cathedral Rock and the Amphitheater on Cholla Mtn Loop - but I didn't want to do the whole CML. So came back via Watershed, Whiskey Bottle, and Latigo.

Signs are up on Maverick trail at MV2 showing the legal mini-connector over to Cholla Mtn trail.

The smoothness of the metates at Cathedral Rock is impressive. Oblong shape. Good contrast to the ceremonial cupules at Dove Valley Trail that are circular and not smooth. Different purposes and different methods of creation.
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Fraesfield Mountain
today's hike was a mash up of a few other haz member ideas
flying_fliver has a summit of fraesfield peak, which according to the northern region map, is the fifth highest:
granite mountain 3526
cholla mountain 3406
brown's mountain 3253
cone mountain 3061
fraesfield mountain 3055
i've been on top of the other four, so thought this one would be fun
have recently enjoyed triplogs from sunray, crazy4az and neilends who have or are trying to complete all the trails up here
first time hiking from fraesfield trailhead
whiskey bottle trail, off trail to the peak, back on whiskey bottle
did a loop of watershed, maverick and vaquero
powerline road to yucca, then back on whiskey bottle
did the full length of whiskey bottle, maverick and yucca
a peak and three new trails made for an interesting hike
fraesfield mountain is easy off trail, only about a quarter mile and 400 feet up
something different, although i like the trails originating from 136th better (terrain with boulders)
will most likely do a trail run on some of the others next time
nice day, pleasant hike in pretty desert :)
*posted my route in case hikebot is missing anything
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Clockwise loop using vaquero-whiskey bottle-latigo. Weather was great. Sunny and 80s. Can't believe this is February. :y:
Cardinals are singing today. Saw 2 hunting parties of Harris hawks. Overall a great hike.
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Latigo to Whiskey bottle
Got to TH little before 8am. Parking lot is a little fuller than expected. Then saw a HUGE group of hiker's assembly. Decided to go in a different direction from jane rau - latigo- whiskey bottle- blackhill- dixileta back to latigo. Saw very few people despite gorgeous weather.
Theme today is Ravens. Saw lots of them. Heard em and finally was able to get some pictures of em. They like to hang out latigo-whiskey bottle area.
Biker told me about a badger that lives in that area. Will look for it on future hikes.
I got lucky by living here. What an amazing place to live. :y:

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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
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