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The Divide Trail - MSPN, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Distance One Way 1.95 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,976 feet
Elevation Gain -42 feet
Accumulated Gain 19 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 2.01
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Sun  6:15am - 6:26pm
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The Divide 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
The Divide Trail - MSPN
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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.
The Divide Trail - MSPN
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WOW - The Divide is a gorgeous trail!!! Hard to access in a day hike during school hours. But I found a way. Parked at Granite Mountain Trailhead. Called Uber cab and paid $17 to get up to the last house on Stagecoach Road. Took Powerline Trail #1 to Dove Valley then down The Divide. Lots of little rock formations. Found a fire ring - so stupid WTF. Saw old signs with yielding for jeeps, motorcycles, etc. from when this was AZGF Multi-Use Granite Mtn area.

Spotted a double crested saguaro on Branding Iron (in retrospect I had seen it before but mistook it for the Coyote Canyon double crested -but is way different not sure what I was thinking).

Made it back home in time to clean up - power nap - caffeine - then school pick up! Life as a Mom-hiker.
The Divide Trail - MSPN
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Well the weather was perfect today for hike with Rowdy. We did meet Sun Ray in the parking lot. He just finished his hike and we were just getting started on ours.
Browns Ranch Trail was busy but once we turned onto the Maverick Trail we pretty much had the trails to ourselves. It is always nice hiking on new trails and checking out the area. I did see a bow hunter just off 118th street and did not see any deer. I am not sure if it is bow season or not. It was really a nice peaceful hike.

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