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Powerline Road #1 - MSPN, AZ

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Distance One Way 2.01 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,840 feet
Elevation Gain -210 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 2.36
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Powerline Road #1 - 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
Powerline Road #1 - 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.
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Had to work yesterday morning but I was tallying up how miles I have left to re-join the ever growing ATC "all trails club" of McDowell Sonoran Preserve. I hit the mark last year - and then when total went up to 163 miles - I've been working since last spring to get all the segments done by foot. So I realized I only have less than 10 and I had yesterday afternoon of freedom with kids out of town - and I knew I had to get a hike in.

I parked at a legal spot on Legend Trail Parkway that is full on the weekends with room for 6-8 cars (thanks for info @Sun Ray) but I was the only one there at 1:00pm on a Wednesday. I kept my work clothes on but changed into hiking shoes and set off. It's AZ State Land Trust land between the parking area and marker BR9 in the MSP. Well worn trails for neighborhood folks and old Moto routes. It can be really confusing - so recommend having GPS route unless you don't mind wandering around a little. Having MAPRIKA App is also helpful. You are a bouncing blue ball on the MSP trails - I use that app all the time in the new north.

Saw some old ranching ruins and then turned to get on BR9 (end of Brown's Ranch Rd trail) and Powerline Road #1 trail. Took Powerline Rd up 2 miles to Dove Valley trail. (I had already done upper segment of PL#1 few weeks ago). Yucky of course to be under and around powerlines - but nice to not see anyone and pretty good expansive views.

I really like Old Camp Trail - going to write it up for HAZ soon. Then grabbed Broken Spoke segment I was missing (that is a fantastic little trail) - and took Hawknest back down to BR9. I got lost twice in the State Land Trust return to my car. Was glad to have GPS route.

And my time was super good - 3.3 mph - after working all morning. Of course it's super flat and not difficult. But that's still pretty fast for me just walking. Saw ZERO hikers the whole time. Saw dozen bikers. One 4x4ATV at intersection of Tonto Forest and Dove Valley trail (was in Tonto legally).

Life returns to normal on Thursday - love my tender chickens - but I did get in some good hikes while they were gone.
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Dropped kids off at school then drove to BR trailhead and parked car. Called Uber for a ride to the top of Stagecoach Road - cost me $17 with tip. Didn't get murdered or kidnapped or molested. Took Powerline Road #1 Trail (that is an official trail now and is not on HAZ list yet) to Dove Valley Trail and then did the entirety of Stagecoach Trail. Connected with Cholla Mtn and back to my car. Still had time for nap at home before picking up kids.

Many of the new area 2C trails in far northern region MSP are hard to get to by foot unless you have endless free time and no hobbies or work or family. You can park in Tonto National Forest on the other side up at 136th St -- but it's still several long day hikes to cover all these new trails. I prefer the shuttle idea and Uber gives me endless options. Just need an address and cell phone signal and I can get a ride back to my car.

Stagecoach is pretty - winding - narrow - mostly made for bikers. Didn't see any hikers until I got to Corral trail.

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