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Service Road #1 - MSPC, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Distance One Way 0.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,581 feet
Accumulated Gain 100 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 1.13
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10  2019-03-10
Latigo Trail - MSPN
10  2017-04-29
McDowell Preserve Central Area
10  2016-01-03
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15  2015-12-22
McDowell Preserve Central Area
12  2015-04-05
Gooseneck Trail - MSPC
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This trail is in the Central region of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Link this Service Road with Saguaro Nest Trail, the McDowell Mountain Regional Park, and Gooseneck Trail.

Fraesfield TH and Tom's Thumb TH do not have water.

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    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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    Service Road #1 - MSPC
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    Out this morning to complete more miles needed to hike all trails in Mcdowell Sonoran Preserve. Joining me was Judy, Flat Coats Java and Kai and neighbors Kathy and Larry. Started where Gooseneck Trail crosses 128th Street about 4 miles North of Toms Thumb area. Hiked Gooseneck, several connector trails, Saguaro Nest Trail, Service Road #1, Gooseneck. Quiet morning with one runner and 3 small groups of mountain bikers.
    121 of 133 completed
    FYI, I need to hike 40 miles TO GET TO THE LAST 12 miles!
    Service Road #1 - MSPC
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    Central region multitrail MSP
    ATC Challenge update: 122/133.4

    I have now done every trail and every tiny little connector in the Central Region of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. :D Not difficult at all but takes some planning to not back-track and repeat trails.

    Service Road #1 :next: Service Road #3 :next: Redbird Trail :next: Gooseneck trail :next: Saguaro Nest Trail :next: county connectors (gets you to Pemberton trail intersection with Delsie trail) :next: Service Road #1.

    Redbird Trail is a pretty area and Saguaro Nest trail is relatively lush with lots of palo verde shade and grass underneath the canopy.

    Surprised to see about 3 hikers/dog walkers and 6 bikers. Glad that people are starting to learn about this area of the Preserve.

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To Tom's Thumb Trailhead
    1) 101 (Pima Freeway) to Frank Lloyd Wright
    2) East on Frank Lloyd Right to N Thompson Peak Parkway
    3) North on Thompson Peak Parkway to McDowell Sonoran Preserve Gateway Trailhead to drop off first vehicle
    4) Then North on Thompson Peak Parkway to Pima Rd
    5) North on Pima Rd to Happy Valley Rd
    6) East on Happy Valley Rd until it turns north and changes to 116th st.
    7) East on Ranch Gate Rd to 128th St
    8) South on 128th to Park Entrance

    From Exit 36 of AZ-101 Loop North, head northeast on North Pima Rd 4.7 miles to East Happy Valley Road. Turn right onto East Happy Valley Road and drive 4.3 miles to Ranch Gate Road. Turn right onto Ranch Gate Road and travel 1.3 miles and then turn right onto North 128th Street. After 1.0 mile on North 128th Street, you'll be at the trailhead gate. No water at the trailhead! Bathrooms are non-flush.

    If you just pop in the coordinates of the trailhead, it's very possible that your GPS unit will tell you to wrong turn from Happy Valley Road onto Alameda Road at ( 33.706667, -111.832396 ). Don't do it! Those GPS units don't know that there's a locked gate at (33.694441, -111.813335).

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 34.8 mi, 55 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 135 mi, 2 hours 24 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 149 mi, 2 hours 37 mins
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