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Boulder Trail - MMRP, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Distance One Way 1.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,281 feet
Accumulated Gain 265 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 1.98
 Backpack No
unreported if dogs are allowed
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Wash Day plus Marcus Landslide - MMRP/MSP
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author avatar Guides 8
Routes 16
Photos 183
Trips 144 map ( 677 miles )
Age 50 Male Gender
Location Paradise Valley/Sedona
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Phoenix Region
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Preferred Mar, Nov, Feb, Jan → 7 AM
Seasons   Early Winter to Late Winter
Sun  7:28am - 5:52pm
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Boulder Trail is a short connector trail between the Marcus Landslide and the rest of the McDowell Mountain Regional Park.

Boulder Trail is a relatively flat and easy stroll from the Marcus Landslide into the interior of the MMRP. There is official signage marking its endpoints as of this writing. If you're heading east from the Landslide, you'll eventually connect with the Pemberton Trail, where you'll have to decide whether to head north or south. Views to the east are sweeping and of the Superstition Mountains, including clear views of the Four Peaks and Weaver's Needle. You can also see Mt. Ord. Views to the west are of the McDowell Mountains and East End Peak, particularly in addition to the landslide. This network of trails, in general, is more popular with mountain bikers than with hikers, which you'll understand once you see how flat the terrain is. The route is reasonably easy to follow. If you attempt this in warm weather, bring sufficient water for desert hiking.

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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 $$
Maricopa Regional Parks - 2021 [ fees ]

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

$2 walk, bike or horse ride into park

2021 [ hours ] - varies by park & season

McDowell Mountain Regional Park Regional Park
Vehicle entry $7.00
Hike/Bike/Equestrian $2.00

Connector trail - Not Applicable

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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