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Coachwhip Trail - MMRP, AZ

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Distance One Way 2.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,430 feet
Elevation Gain -141 feet
Accumulated Gain 214 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 3.31
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Preferred   Mar, Feb, Nov, Jan → Early
Seasons   Early Winter to Late Winter
Sun  7:02am - 5:23pm
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Nearby Area Water
Sonoran Trail - MMRP
Sonoran Trail - MMRP
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2.7 mi
808 ft
Dixie Mine Ridgeline - McDowells
1.2 mi away
1.6 mi
488 ft
Dixie Mine Trail - MMRP
Dixie Mine Trail - MMRP
1.4 mi away
5.6 mi
593 ft
Thompson Peak - MSP
Thompson Peak - MSP
1.4 mi away
9.5 mi
2,250 ft
East End Trail - MSP
East End Trail - MSP
1.6 mi away
1.4 mi
1,047 ft
Windmill Trail - MSP
Windmill Trail - MSP
1.6 mi away
1.1 mi
47 ft
Boulder Trail - MMRP
Boulder Trail - MMRP
1.9 mi away
1.1 mi
265 ft
Prospector Trail - MSP
Prospector Trail - MSP
1.9 mi away
1.3 mi
4 ft
Golden Eagle Loop - Fountain Hills
1.9 mi away
10.3 mi
1,000 ft
Paradise Gold Mine
Paradise Gold Mine
2.1 mi away
4.0 mi
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This is a connector trail within the MMRP, named after the snake species that's often found in the area. I'll describe it from the east-bound vantage point, coming from the MSP/Scottsdale side. The official map identifies it as having two branches that meet at a V-point from the Windmill Trail. The Windmill is an MSP trail that crosses the MMRP boundary for a short distance. The boundary is officially marked by signs from both Maricopa County and the City of Scottsdale. Shortly after passing the border, you'll see another official sign, for Coachwhip. You can then take either the southern or northern section of the horizontal "V". Taking the northern portion, i.e., turning left, will connect you with the Pemberton Trail within MMRP after 1.8 miles. This is a pretty flat walk along trail that is well-marked, smooth, and ideal for mountain bikers (whom you'll probably see more than hikers). I saw many wildflowers during my hike here in August. Your hike east-bound gives you direct views of the Superstition Mountains.

Taking the southern portion, i.e., turning right at the Windmill-Coachwhip intersection, will take you to the Dixie Mine Trail after 0.8 miles. The official distance of this trail, 2.6 miles, assumes that you would hike along both sections of the "V". Most hikers won't do that, so take note of which leg you wish to take.

As always, bring ample water if you are hiking in this area in warm weather, and educate yourself on desert hiking if you're unfamiliar with Arizona trails. The sun can be relentless. Some shade can be found underneath mesquite and palo verde trees.

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One-Way Notice
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.

Permit $$
Maricopa Regional Parks - Fees more info

$6 per vehicle or $85 annual

$2 walk, bike or horse ride into park

Map Drive
Connector trail - Not Applicable

To Tom's Thumb Trailhead
Take 101 to Pima/Princess Exit, head north on Pima Road. Turn right on Happy Valley Road. From 4-way stop (intersection with Alma School Rd), stay straight another 2.3 miles then turn right onto Ranch Gate Road. Go 1.2 miles and turn right onto 128th Street which dead ends at the new Tom's Thumb Trailhead. No water at the trailhead! Bathrooms are non-flush.

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 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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