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Vaquero Trail - MSPN, AZ

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Distance One Way 0.86 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,760 feet
Elevation Gain 45 feet
Accumulated Gain 59 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 1.06
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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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This was a MSC Steward only fundraising hike for the Conservancy. Caroline and I hiked together and raised $700 from 25 donors! Advertising for the event encouraged hiking crazy hat or costume - - so of course Caroline and I both got our capes on and Wonder Woman gear. However we were the only ones in the hike or bike category that dressed up. Our capes had shredded edges by the end of the hike with all the cactus and wind combo.

Stopped for a break at Cathedral Rock and also went up to the Amphitheatre. Paul Staker led the hike - he is chair of MSC leadership team - was great to chat about goings on with him as I have missed a few CLT meetings with house move. Those CLT meetings are where you learn all the good stuff - real deal advance info from City personnel and MSC board, etc.

Proud of Caroline for raising so much money - helping me make the letter to ask for donations - talking to her friends' parents - and writing thank you notes to all our donors. Good life lessons there about volunteering and protecting land from development.
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It was a beautiful afternoon for a hike. I did not have a hike planned so Rowdy and I just started hiking and this how we ended up. The weather was very nice and the crowds were small perfect. We started out on the Latigo Trail and the rest is history. I did notice such a difference in this hike from the one we did yesterday. The plants were not the same even though the trails were not that far apart.
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Fraesfield Mountain
today's hike was a mash up of a few other haz member ideas
flying_fliver has a summit of fraesfield peak, which according to the northern region map, is the fifth highest:
granite mountain 3526
cholla mountain 3406
brown's mountain 3253
cone mountain 3061
fraesfield mountain 3055
i've been on top of the other four, so thought this one would be fun
have recently enjoyed triplogs from sunray, crazy4az and neilends who have or are trying to complete all the trails up here
first time hiking from fraesfield trailhead
whiskey bottle trail, off trail to the peak, back on whiskey bottle
did a loop of watershed, maverick and vaquero
powerline road to yucca, then back on whiskey bottle
did the full length of whiskey bottle, maverick and yucca
a peak and three new trails made for an interesting hike
fraesfield mountain is easy off trail, only about a quarter mile and 400 feet up
something different, although i like the trails originating from 136th better (terrain with boulders)
will most likely do a trail run on some of the others next time
nice day, pleasant hike in pretty desert :)
*posted my route in case hikebot is missing anything
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Clockwise loop using vaquero-whiskey bottle-latigo. Weather was great. Sunny and 80s. Can't believe this is February. :y:
Cardinals are singing today. Saw 2 hunting parties of Harris hawks. Overall a great hike.
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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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Latigo Trail Loop-MSPN
Today the trailhead was busy and it was busy when I left. :o Must be the weather just to nice to stay at home. Rowdy and I hit the trail around noon and I decided on the Latigo Trail but I did not want a simple in and out type of hike. So I looked at the map that I was given at Pinnacle Peak. This was a interesting loop for me as I played a little with my camera after Pam told a few things that I could do with it. I hope everyone likes my pictures :sl: .
As we headed up 118th St Trail I let Rowdy of leash for a bit as we were all alone for awhile. Rowdy decided to go off trail after some birds and before I knew it two deer jump out of nowhere and just started running. And they were faster running than I was trying to get my camera out and get a picture.
We headed up Vaquero Trail next and stopped for a water break. As Rowdy drank his water and eat my beef jerky about a dozen or so bike riders came by, so back on the leash for the rest of this trail.
But once we hit the Wrangler Trail is was back on leash off leash for Rowdy. He Really is turning into a good hiking buddy. He will run ahead of me but always stops just to make sure he can see me and if not he comes running back for me,I just love him. Once we hit the Upper Ranch Trail it was back on the leash. But as soon as we hit the Rustler Trail it was back off all the way back to the trailhead. After that we pulled to the horse trailer parking lot and he had some more water and some chicken and well I had a couple of beers as we took a break.
But as I sat there enjoy my cold adult beverage I saw some king of animal up on this rock formation. I am not sure what it was but it was pretty big for any animal I could think of but it move quickly. Ill have to go back and get closer and maybe I'll get lucking and get a picture. Any thats how my hike went.
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Maverick - Vaquero loop MSP
Caroline and I skipped church to do a lovely hike together. I had read how much the mountain bikers love Maverick trail at Brown's Ranch - - so wanted to get out there to see it by foot.

Nice loop - Caroline did great. We studied some animal tracks in a muddy section and came across a rattlesnake in the middle of the trail. That was exciting :o

Brown's Ranch Rd :next: Maverick (entire length) :next: Watershed :next: Powerline :next: Vaquero :next: Brown's Ranch Rd back to TH.
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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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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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