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Coyote Canyon Loop MSP, AZ

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Distance Lasso-Loop 3.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,824 feet
Accumulated Gain 115 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.18
Interest Seasonal Creek
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Author Crzy4AZ
author avatar Guides 31
Routes 96
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Trips 601 map ( 2,170 miles )
Age 48 Female Gender
Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  5:17am - 7:41pm
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Giant saguaros and hidden canyon
by Crzy4AZ

The Coyote Canyon Trail is a new (2014) addition to the Northern section of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and offers up-close encounters with granite boulder outcrops and a surprising and beautiful narrow canyon and wash.

Overview: The closest access point for the Coyote Canyon Trail is from the 136th Street and Dove Valley Road intersection with no official parking but road-side space for 2-3 cars. From this pull-off area, take Dove Valley trail 0.3 miles to Cow Poke Trail then travel 0.6 miles on Cow Poke to the intersection with Granite Mountain Loop Trail. At trail marker sign GM5: take Granite Mountain Loop trail northwest (right towards Cholla Mtn) about 0.45 miles to the sign for Coyote Canyon trail. Head right/north 1.2 to meet up with Dove Valley Trail. Continue on Dove Valley trail 1.0 miles to the parking area.

Hike:There is very little elevation change in this hike, but there are pleasant ups and downs and bends through giant old stands of saguaro. Most of the greenery along the trail's edge is made up of mesquite and cat claw acacia trees/shrubs. Of particular interest on Coyote Canyon Trail is the double crested saguaro which can be found right off the trail about 0.7 miles along the trail. Just past this point is a warning sign to prepare mountain bikers or equestrians of the approaching trail drop into a narrow, sandy section and mini-slot canyon of the eponymous Coyote Canyon.

I found myself in utter shock as I approached the narrow drop into Coyote Canyon with the granite walls providing shade and an immediate cooling effect. Tall, smooth granite walls to either side of me and the shadows of late afternoon casting lovely light into the space. The area has received greater than usual rain and you could see evidence of fast rushing water that had pushed brush flat and pointing in one direction in the wash. The trail is soft and sandy here with a desert oasis feeling amongst the Datura bushes and grasses and reeds. There was a temporary watering hole on my particular visit with many animal footprints in the mud.

After the 0.25 mile stretch walking along the canyon floor, you meet up with the Dove Valley Trail again and follow an old motorcross trail back to the parking area.

If you want a longer loop trail, start from the Granite Mountain Trailhead to create an 8 mile hike that includes Coyote Canyon Trail. Anyway you access it, this is a terrific new addition to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and well worth the tax payer dollars it cost to acquire it for permanent protection.

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2014-10-04 Crzy4AZ
    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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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To Dove Valley Trailhead
    From intersection of Pima Road North and Dynamite Blvd - go east on Dynamite to 136th Street.
    Go north on 136th Street past the Granite Mountain TH to Dove Valley Road.

    There is no official trailhead (yet) - but there is room for 2-3 cars along the roadside at the intersection of 136th Street and Dove Valley Road.
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 2 h 5 min
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 2 h 11 min
    page created by Crzy4AZ on Oct 04 2014 11:08 pm
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