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Soapberry Wash Trail - MSPN, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance One Way 0.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,804 feet
Elevation Gain 101 feet
Accumulated Gain 101 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 1.04
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Soapberry Wash Trail - MSPN
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McDowell Sonoran Preserve-North Loop
Short walk in the park.
Beautifully cool weather.
The park is busting with blooming flora.
Banana Yucca, Poppys, Brittlebush, Blue Dicks, Fiddleneck, Scorpionweed,Desert Chicory, Globemallow, Luppine, Woolly Daisy, Wiry Lotus, Chuparosa and even Microseris :), to name a few.

This is the best time of year to enjoy this park

With afternoon plans, the goal was to hit a few trails out there I had not been on.

There were no @Mazatzal or @Crzy4AZ sightings
Soapberry Wash Trail - MSPN
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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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Big Granite Mountain Loop
What a perfect day for a nice little hike. I met Linda at the Granite Mountain Trailhead. This was her first time here so I decided to show her some of my favorite areas. The temperature was very nice with a nice welcome breeze.
We started at the Bootlegger Trail and worked our way to the Balanced Rock then continued to the Cholla Mtn Loop Trail. From here we connected to the Branding Iron Trail where I pointed out a Crested Saguaro along they as the trail became the Granite Mountain Loop Trail. We stayed on this trail until we reached the Coyote Canyon Trail turn off and head down it. I took Linda to the nice size Crested Saguaro that's on this trail. And it was time for Rowdy to take a water break of course in the shade.
I figured while we were here to take a little side trip down Soapberry Wash Trail to checkout the Michelin Man Saguaro. From here we went back and finished the Coyote Canyon Trail and head back to the trailhead so Linda could pick up her little ones from school. We did have the pleasure of also see two Cardinals. Just a really nice smooth little hike.
Soapberry Wash Trail - MSPN
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This is my favorite new loop in the MSP-supernorth. Park at very top of 136th Street in Tonto National Forest parking lot. It is very bumpy road and deep ruts last 0.1 mile. Take street or social trail from Tonto to where 136th St Express trail officially starts at Montello Rd. Stay on 136th St Express and then take Barb's west past the big loop-de-loop circular area (where jeeps used to make circles) - then Dove Valley trail briefly to the southeast until you hit Soapberry Wash trail. Then go right/west on Soapberry wash through beautiful granite formations (was frozen water this day) - where trail takes sharp turn (will be renamed Desperado trail in Fall 2016) - follow trail up the little hill and look for the Michelin Man cactus. At junction with Coyote Canyon trail (CC1 - and the Double Crested Saguaro) - take CC down into the little canyon and loop back at junction with Dove Valley. You can hit up the ceremonial cupules off Dove Valley if you know where they are. Perfect distance for little day hike. Hits major scenery. Have done the loop many times - never disappoints. Rare to see people but occasionally a biker will zoom by.
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Parked Tonto. 136th :next: Barbs :next: DV :next: Soapberry :next: CC and back.
Saw 5 deer. Hunters still have permits for a little longer. I see them parking at intersection of 136th St and Hawknest on the east side of the road.
I took a zillion pics of the Michelin Man cactus today to help people see where he is off Soapberry Wash.
Thursday hike - kids in school. Perfect distance for me to squeeze in beautiful hike during school hours.
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I am still not feeling well :scared: but when Rowdy gives that baby look I know its time to take him out :D . I wanted to hit Spur Cross today but just not feeling up to it. ](*,)
So I decided on something easy with little aeg and Granite Mountain Trailhead is where we ended up. The first marker I saw was for 136th Street Express and that's where we started. We hiked it until we reached Hawknest Trail and took it to the High Desert Trail and then decided it was time to start heading back to the trailhead. It was a really nice little hike and there were areas that I had not hike before. :y:
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Dove Valley Trail loop - MSP
Got a babysitter for the morning - so Brad and I could have a date hike together. Usually at night but holiday stuff going on full force in evenings this weekend.

Weather great - blue skies - chilly but not cold. Wanted to spend the morning exploring Dove Valley Trail and getting GPS route and to check out what kind of signs were out there from the City and MSC since this trail is not listed in its entire length on the MSP official maps.

Once you get 1 mile from 136th St parking area - signs are pretty much gone and it's not clear whether to follow the wash or another small trail. We followed the wash and came upon the Michelin Man cactus. Should have turned south here but we kept going in the wash to the northwest and then looped back to Michelin Man. Then took connector to Coyote Canyon trail and back to parking area.

Highlight was the unnamed rock formation with lots of granite water collecting depressions. Beautiful little miniature balanced rock. Great views. No one anywhere in sight. Could hear motorized vehicles off towards Carefree/Rio Verde Foothills.

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Map Drive

To Dove Valley Trailhead
From intersection of Pima Road North and Dynamite Blvd - go east on Dynamite to 136th Street.
Go north on 136th Street past the Granite Mountain TH to Dove Valley Road.

There is no official trailhead (yet) - but there is room for 2-3 cars along the roadside at the intersection of 136th Street and Dove Valley Road.
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 2 h 5 min
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 2 h 11 min
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