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Dixileta Trail - MSPN, AZ

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Distance One Way 2.28 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,764 feet
Elevation Gain -240 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 2.68
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18  2017-02-16
Whiskey Bottle Loop - MSPN
10  2017-01-29
McDowell Preserve North
30  2016-09-08
Whiskey Bottle Loop - MSPN
10  2016-01-03
McDowell Preserve Central & Northern Loops
10  2016-01-02
Latigo Trail - MSPN
35  2015-12-30
Latigo Trail - MSPN
33  2015-12-25
Latigo Trail - MSPN
23  2015-11-29
Latigo Trail - MSPN
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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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Wow what a beautiful afternoon for a hike. I think today I saw more hawks than ever before. Rowdy had a great time with all the pools of water. We took a few breaks watching people walk by us but they never saw us awesome.
I really had no plan for my hike other than parking at Brown's Ranch Trailhead. I think I may have agitated my ankle on yesterdays hike but I do see my surgeon tomorrow and hopefully get more painkillers. The hike started out great and ended the same way. It was a fun and easy hike and great views all around.
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Started the day off with educational and fun MSC steward retreat sitting between @Sun_Ray and @neilends - - and I gave a short presentation on use of Instagram for digital stewardship.

Then I knew I only had 1.8 miles left to hit the 133 mile mark for ATC challenge (all trails club) for hiking every trail in the McDowell preserve. So I told Brad we should do it as a family hike and have some sort of celebration afterwards.

Black Hill :next: Monument :next: 136th Street Express :next: Dixileta :next: Whiskey Bottle :next: parking lot.

So he and the kids plotted a very sweet surprise (although I did sneak a peek since they were working at the kitchen table LOL) that included a "finish line" of gold paper tied between the two kids' waists. And Caroline made four posters that they held up for me as I busted through the finish line paper. They were cheering and playing kazoo/harmonica type noise makers. So stinkin' sweet. I will never forget that moment!!! And it was at trail marker WB4 forever etched in my brain's hiking file cabinet.

I know it's not physically hard to hike every trail in the McDowells compared to Supes or Grand Canyon....but I think @Sun_Ray will agree with me that it's harder than you think to plan out all these segments without repeating a bunch. And doing all the teeny-tiny linking pieces too. Need patience more than anything. Few tough ones (Thompson Peak and Tom's Thumb from south) but mostly the McDowells are very accessible to people of varying knee/neck/back abilities.

So after hiking in the McDowells for 10 years - - I've done every dad-gum single one of them! :y: :y: :y: :y: :y: And to celebrate with the kids and Brad was something super special. Went to Pinnacle Peak Patio (it's the last year of its existence on that property) for drinks, dinner, dancing to celebrate afterwards.
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Latigo Yucca Dixileta 118th St MSP
ATC Challenge miles to date: 115.6/133
Making progress!! :y:

Brad took kids to church while I neglected family and God to get more miles knocked out for ATC challenge. Did a funky figure 8 loop - actually kind of proud to come up with shortest and most efficient route to gather up little segments.

* Latigo now extends to Whiskey Bottle loop * which is great to connect Brown's Ranch TH with Fraesfield TH.

Powerline #2 not so bad now that I can compare it to West World Trail, LOL. Yucca trail kind of boring and not that many yucca. Dixileta Trail along the Scottsdale National Golf Course very pretty to me. Probably because I like golf and the juxtaposition of desert with chemically-enhanced grass. Not natural or good for the environment, but it makes for pretty desert golf photos.

I helped three groups of people find their way on the trails - that's why I wear my MSC badge and ask anyone staring at a trail sign if they need help. Lots of friendly bikers out there - only one small group of hikers.

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Map Drive

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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