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Latigo Trail - MSPN, AZ

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Distance One Way 5.55 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,712 feet
Elevation Gain -377 feet
Accumulated Gain 133 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hour
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Author Crzy4AZ
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Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Feb, Jan
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  6:10am - 6:34pm
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2018 Note
The 2014 guide below is for the original 1.1 mile Latigo Trail. Utilize the new Official Route.

This short, easy trail offers a sample platter of classic Sonoran desert terrain combined with expansive views in every direction of the McDowell mountains. Hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, and trail runners will be drawn to the wide, firmly packed trail with gentle slopes and meandering turns.

Brown’s Ranch Trailhead is a popular area in the Northern section of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and garners a full parking lot most weekends from Fall to Spring; however, most visitors are headed out along Brown’s Ranch Road trail and its tributaries. Latigo trail is good option if you are looking for a less crowded route or want to connect to trails near Cholla, Granite, or Fraesfield mountains.

Access to Latigo can be found in southeastern corner of the Equestrian parking lot or from the amphitheater heading towards the Jane Rau Nature trail – bear right at this sign and go 0.2 miles to start of Latigo.

From trail marker LG1 at the start of Latigo Trail, you head east up and down gentle granite slopes past saguaro, cholla, palo verde, and yucca. I felt like an owl with my head rotating around in all directions to check out the little mountains that pop in and out of view as the trail progresses: Brown & Cone Mountains, Cholla & Granite Mountains, Pinnacle Peak, Tom’s Thumb along the McDowell ridgeline, and Fraesfield Mountain. Some of the higher points of the trail are an ideal location for sunrise and sunset photos.

You intersect with 114th Street trail at 0.5 miles and the Latigo trail ends another 0.5 miles later at the junction with 118th Street trail. These two intersecting trails lead south to neighborhood access (no parking access). 118th Street trail continues north to join with Powerline Road trail which takes you either: (1) east to Cholla Mountain Loop and Granite Mountain Loop or (2) west back to Brown’s Ranch Road Trail. Or to experience the Fraesfield Mountain loops, take 118th Street trail south to Dixileta Trail connector.

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2014-09-28 Crzy4AZ
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Most recent of 36 deeper Triplog Reviews
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MSPN loop
78 at the start, 8:10 and 85 at the end.

Brown's TH :next: "new" Chuckwagon :next: Balanced Rock :next: Yucca :next: Whiskey Bottle :next: Latigo :next: 114St :next: Latigo :next: Jane Rau

Saw 9 mtn bikers.
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McDowell Preserve North
We were short on time today due to other commitments so we did a loop in MSPN :lol:
Whiskey Bottle - Latino - 118th St - Vaquero - Maverick - Watershed - Cholla Mtn Loop - Chuck aagon - Powerline - Yucca - Dixeleta - Service Rd #4 - Black Hill
Saw 4 deer :)
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Went on botany hike with our botanist steve jones. Lot of stewards and public were in the group. Total of 51 showed up :D . Very popular :D among stewards and nonstewards. I learned a lot. Day was a bit cloudy but very comfortable temps. Amazing hike overall :y:
I learned that APS buried lines under 118th st and revegetated with non native desert plants.
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Needed to be alone with nature this morning. Weather was perfect. So decided to go to Brown's and parking lot was busy at 7am :) . Saw Brian aka SunRay as a pathfinder at TH helping people left and right as well as training a new steward :y: . Thanq for conversing with me Brian. Went to JaneRau and managed to wake up lot of butterflies including many pipevine swallowtails. Headed to Latigo and the whole place was loaded with birds. As the sun came up, it became butterfly wonderland. Didn't realize but Mexican bladder bush is a magnet for sulphurs. Got photos of green tailed towhees finally :y: . Saw a couple of flycatchers that I can't ID yet....but Walter, our bird expert is checking with another bird expert, Troy. Meanwhile had to finish my hike due to other commitments but would have wanted to spend all day there :) . Was thinking we should have picked this trail for our butterfly count :lol:
Got confirmation from Troy that these are brown crested flycatchers. My first :y:
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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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McDowell Preserve North
Another loop in MSPN :roll:


Great weather not too hot and some nice breeze from time to time. Saw a gila monster but I only got a rubbish photo of its tail before it disappeared under a rock :tt:
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Family Sonoran Sunday at Brown's Ranch with the Conservancy. Kids always do nature trail before speaker starts. We have to get there early to help set up - gives them sometime to do. Speaker was SW Wildlife.

After the presentation Caroline and I did another mini hike from the amphitheatre area along Latigo to Hackamore and Sunset overlook and then down into parking lot. Fun little loop.

Brad and George went to a Sun's game together.
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Well the weather was perfect today for hike with Rowdy. We did meet Sun Ray in the parking lot. He just finished his hike and we were just getting started on ours.
Browns Ranch Trail was busy but once we turned onto the Maverick Trail we pretty much had the trails to ourselves. It is always nice hiking on new trails and checking out the area. I did see a bow hunter just off 118th street and did not see any deer. I am not sure if it is bow season or not. It was really a nice peaceful hike.
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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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Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To Brown's Ranch Trailhead
From the 101 in North Scottsdale, drive North on Pima/Princess drive and go East on Happy Valley Road to the stop sign at the instersection of Happy Valley & Alma School Road. Follow Alma School Road North past Dynamite until it ends at Brown's Ranch Trailhead.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 34.0 mi - 44m
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 135 mi - 2h 4m
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 139 mi - 2h 15m
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