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Chuckwagon Trail - MSPN, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 2.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,766 feet
Elevation Gain 152 feet
Accumulated Gain 182 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 2.91
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Chuckwagon Trail - MSPN
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The Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve has added on to the Chuck Wagon Trail to bypass a busy intersection and supply better access to the Granite Mountain area of the Preserve. From the Brown's Ranch Trailhead go North on Brown's Ranch Road for .2 miles. The new trail begins on the right side of the main trail out of the TH. It crosses the 118th Trail, Whiskey Bottle and ends at the Powerline Trial and old Chuck Wagon. You are basically running along the South side of the powerlines without having to hike or bike under the powerlines.

I'm always looking for what I call "rehab" trails....something with good footing and not very much elevation change. For those folks that ask for "something easy" or are recovering from hip, knee, ankle, foot or cardio issues. With AEG of 135 this would work.

With this being a new trail I found two items that are in the over 50 year old category....the City leaves these items and indicates the GPS location. These items are not considered 'trash'. One was a very rusty old can and the other what looked like a wood tent stake. I took photo's with an app that shows the GPS location and direction you are facing when you took the photo.
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Browns Ranch Loop
Nice hike on some trails in the MSPN area with Ryan and Lauren. Saw our first rattler of the year spotted by Lauren in the third hiker position :o Good for Ryan and I it was on its best behavior. Nice morning hike.
Chuckwagon Trail - MSPN
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ATC challenge update: 131.6/133.4

Almost there for ATC! Last few years Brad has planned Thursday days off from work for date hikes and this is our first of 2015. He yields to me to pick the hike and I try to find areas that he hasn't seen before.

It was a very chilly and windy 45 degrees at Granite Mtn trailhead and we layered up with several hats and coats.

Powerline Rd #2 :next: Granite Mtn :next: Granite Mtn Loop :next: Branding Iron :next: Cholla Mtn loop :next: Balanced Rock :next: (lunch at balanced rock) :next: Chuck Wagon :next: Powerline Rd #2 :next: Black Hill :next: Turpentine :next: 136th Street Express :next: the road where Brad picked me up like a hitchhiker :sl:

Saw only 5 other people all day. Wind was killer. Branding Iron is pretty and you can see the double crested saguaro over on nearby Coyote Canyon trail. Love the juniper trees on Balanced Rock - crazy to see juniper in MSP (but is 2856 feet elevation).

Went home - took quick nap - picked up kids - ballet class - then with kids straight to community center hot tub spa to soak muscles. Awesome day.
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Well I hit the trail sometime after 12pm myabe even 1pm. I ran into New2hyk on Browns Ranch Road of course she did not recognize me, but she did recognize my studly dog Rowdy. we talked for a little bit and went are separate ways.
This hike well I wasn't sure where I was going I was just going. As Rowdy and I hiked I decided to turn here and lets see where that gos and so on. The weather was great so I thought to myself there is really no wrong turn just keep going and keep my eyes and ears open. Well the views were great as the sun started to go down. I was really hoping to run into a Mountain Lion or maybe even a Bobcat but no such luck. I did however run into about twenty or so horseback riders.
I did see a few deer last time and this time I was really hoping to see some more on this hike. And I even got a picture this time sweet.
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wanted to check out brown's ranch trailhead in the mcdowell sonoran preserve - northern region
when johnr1 and i were climbing at little granite mountain last spring, we saw a crew working on some of the new trails
decided on brown's mountain loop and whatever else looked interesting
did the title loop, then a loop around cone mountain
was going to hit cholla mountain loop, but will save that for another day, combined with a little granite mountain loop
should have good tracks for the following trails:
brown's mountain
cone mountain
the coolest place was the amphitheater just off cholla mountain loop
the least cool places were the powerline road and brown's ranch road - wide sandy washes
those can be avoided for the most part
the summit of brown's mountain was cool, too
overall a nice area that would be great for mountain biking and trail running - saw several people doing both
also good for getting some easy long miles and taking visitors out into the desert
several trails my mom would be comfortable on
very pleasant hiking
imagine it's pretty crowded on weekends
another nearby attraction = greasewood flats ;)
had fun exploring and it's definitely worth another hiking trip for the loops i missed
made me think seriously about getting a mountain bike

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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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