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136th Street Express Trail - MSPN, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Distance One Way 6.97 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,617 feet
Elevation Gain -205 feet
Accumulated Gain 118 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 7.36
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This trail basically runs north-south from the Granite Mountain Trailhead up to the northern tip of the McDowell-Sonoran Preserve. If you're heading northbound, you may see residential areas and hear traffic on your right, because of its proximity to 136th Street.

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Most recent of 26 deeper Triplog Reviews
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What can I say except todays hike was perfect for Rowdy. Cloud cover and cool temperatures all day.
No other hikers out just four bike riders.
I was a little disappointed in I was hoping to see more wildlife but even with perfect weather all was quite.
However birds were out all over and wildflowers are starting to bloom.
Hopefully tomorrow will be another great weather day as I hear the 80's are coming by Thursday.
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Joined an organized hike from McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. 15 of us started from Granite Mountain TH and used various trails to get to Hawknest trail and back. On the way back we had one individual who had foot issues that slowed the whole group down. Meet up was called for 7:45 AM and we left at 8:10. Wish we could have started at 7 as it was warm the last hour or so.

AVE HR:114
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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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Renegade Trail MSPN
Well after pm Laurie I decided to hit the end of 136st and see what was out there. I checked out the little map box but all that was in it was rules on what to do and what not to do for atv's. And of course driving to the end of the road I did notice where it washed out from the last storm and decided Granite Mountain Trailhead was the safe bet.
When I got back to the trailhead it was empty. I really had no game plan as to where I was going to hike so I just started hiking.
I ended up starting on 136st Express and just keep going until I came across a sign that read Bards Trail then I hit it. It ended in the Old Paint Wash and that's when I seen the sign for Renegade Trail and I jumped on it. I will have to say this is my new favorite trail in the MSPN. This trail runs up and along a few small hills. these hills have great views on both sides. I got to come back in the fall and spend more time exploring all these new trail.
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I wasn't feeling super great - but Brad had taken day off work - and I will be damned if we waste a day off and not get a hike in. So parked at Granite Mountain TH and took Uber $17 up to Stagecoach Road. Hiked from Tonto step over alllllllll the way down Dove Valley to 136th Street Express - and then to car.

Nice day for a hike - didn't take many pics. Dragged a saguaro cactus arm out of the way and sent pics of remaining pieces to the Conservnacy's C&M team to go move the rest. Paul S. was out there the next day moving it!
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I did it! Completed all the trails added to the Northern Section Map in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve dated August 2015. These are the trails that are North of Brown's, Cholla and Granite Mountains. They total about 30 miles, but that's not the point as you need to hike many miles just to get to them. Pretty sure Crzy4AZ has completed them also but is behind on her trip logs. That means HAZ'ers are 2 of the 4 hikers to complete ALL the trails in the preserve. I also think we are the only ones that hiked them all versus others who used their mountain bike on many of the trails.
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Wanted to get back to Renegade trail (did not know name at the time - and won't be on maps until fall 2016).

Barb's :next: Dove Valley :next: Renegade :next: Soapberry Wash (Michelin man cactus) :next: Coyote Canyon :next: Dove Valley :next: High Desert :next: Hawknest :next: 136th St Express back to Barb's intersection.

Cold. Sunrise. Light incredible up on hill of Renegade.
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Dropped kids at school - had few friends over for breakfast/tea - then drove to Fraesfield TH around lunch for a short hike.

Black Hill going southeast :next: 136th Street Express :next: Morning Vista :next: back to TH via Black Hill. Grass is very thick green in the shade. I like 136th St Express trail in this section.
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Dancing in Granite
This is a perfect set of trails to take out-of-state visitors. Lots of beautiful granite boulders, desert views in every direction, easy, smooth trails. We did this back in December in the rain and it was really "mistical" with the clouds billowing below the hills. Love doing it today on a beautiful sunny day. Weather was perfect.
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Gamboling Around Granite
Very nice day for a hike, but we wanted something interesting but not too demanding. The area around Granite Mountain sounded just right. Used a bunch of trails to construct and easy 8ish mile route. A few folks on the trails, mostly close to the trailhead. Enjoyed all the granite outcroppings and Coyote Canyon was a nice surprise.

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Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To Granite Mountain Trailhead
31402 N. 136th St Scottsdale, AZ 85262

Parking, Horse Trailer Parking

Drinking water is NOT available.

Follow Fountain Hills Boulevard north out of Fountain Hills to Rio Verde Drive and head west to 136th Street to the Granite Mountain TH.
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 2 h 3 min
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 2 h 8 min
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