Masticophis Flagellum Infestation
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.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
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.
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