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Monument Trail MSPN, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Distance One Way 0.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,541 feet
Elevation Gain 55 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 0.68
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Inaugural Calculation on Button Tap!
30  2016-09-08
Whiskey Bottle Loop - MSPN
10  2016-01-03
McDowell Preserve Central & Northern Loops
5  2015-12-30
Fraesfield Mountain
17  2015-01-24
Dixileta Trail - MSPN
3  2015-01-04
Whiskey Bottle Loop - MSPN
5  2014-05-10
Whiskey Bottle Trail - MSPN
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author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
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Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
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Sun  6:15am - 6:24pm
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Nice little loop-maker segment from Fraesfield Trailhead. Combine with 136th Street Express trail and Black Hill Trail (both run about north/south) and then Morning Vista Trail or Dixileta Trail as your east/west loop piece.

Easy for trail runners and bikers. Is narrow in some sections. Access point from 136th Street for locals who live in the area - lots of horse owners up and down 136th Street.

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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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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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Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To Fraesfield Trailhead
13400 East Rio Verde Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85262
No bathrooms or water at trailhead

Easiest access is from Dynamite Boulevard from the west and through Fountain Hills north to Rio Verde Drive from the east.
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 1 h 58 min
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 2 h 4 min
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