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Horse Tale Trail, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Mesa NE
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.02 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,481 feet
Accumulated Gain 225 feet
Avg Time One Way 1
Kokopelli Seeds 2.77
Backpack No
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6  2018-11-23 DarthStiller
30  2018-09-25 CannondaleKid
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Nov → 8 AM
Seasons   ALL
Sun  7:30am - 5:44pm
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A horse 'tale' about a horse 'tail'?
by CannondaleKid

Likely In-Season!
Trail Name
Hmmm, I wonder if the name was simply a play on words. As in a tall 'tale' about horses or was it a misspelling of tail? Who knows?

This is another mountain bike trail added to the Hawes Trail System in late 2017. This trail links the Wild Horse trails to lower Hawes trails, Saguaro and Mine trails. The trail begins at the Wild Horse Trail at a point 0.25 mile from Bush Highway, ending 0.15 mile off of Bush Highway from a point 0.5 mile north of the Granite Reef Recreational Area.

This trail is used by bikers, hikers, equestrians and yes, even wild horses, so be aware.

Mountain Biking: A very technical trail over a variety of terrain featuring hard-packed gravel, sharp rocky sections, tight corners, steep climbs & descents along with some great views of Red Mountain, the latter only if you had the confidence to take your eyes off the trail for a moment. With nothing more to prove at 68 years of age the trail is far more technical than I would consider attempting to ride at the risk of possible injury.

Hiking: A pleasing workout with plenty of ups & downs, a few of which require exercising extra caution. If you hike westward you will have numerous scenic views of Red Mountain. Views while hiking eastbound? Not so much.

Water Sources
None - Bring your own. Oh yeah, please don't leave empty bottles along the trail (which we encountered) or where you park.


    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Power Road/Red Mountain 202, drive 4.25 miles north on Power Road/Bush Highway and park in the open area on the right (east) side of the road just after the guardrail.
    page created by CannondaleKid on Sep 27 2018 11:11 am
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