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Cloudburst Trail - MSPN, AZ

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Distance One Way 0.93 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,682 feet
Elevation Gain -117 feet
Accumulated Gain 3 feet
Avg Time One Way 20 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 0.94
Backpack No
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10  2019-12-03 mazatzal
7  2019-11-17 DarthStiller
Author DarthStiller
author avatar Guides 26
Routes 373
Photos 7,586
Trips 571 map ( 5,136 miles )
Age 52 Male Gender
Location Mesa, AZ
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Preferred   Oct, Dec, Mar, Apr → 7 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:18am - 6:19pm
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Bursting with Hairpins
by DarthStiller

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The Cloudburst Trail is a newly built trail that has recently appeared in the new Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve maps dated September 2019. The quickest way to get to it is from the Brown's Ranch Trailhead taking the Upper Ranch and Cone Mountain Trails. The southern end of the Cloudburst Trail junctions the Cone Mountain Trail directly north of Cone Mountain, nearly directly north of the peak of Cone Mountain.

The trail trends in a northwesterly direction, with several hairpin bends along the way. The southern end of it has a few banked bends, so this trail appears in some ways to cater more to the mountain bikers who frequent this area. Within a half mile, however, the trail tends to level out more, although the hairpins continue to the end, at the junction with the Hawknest Trail.

The views northbound are predominantly of the Cave Creek/Desert Mountain area, with alternating views of Cone and Brown's Mountain, and of McDowell Mountain and down into the valley as the trail switches back and forth.

Vegetation is the typical sonoran desert flora: saguaros, paloverdes, cholla, sagebrush. At one point towards the north end the trail threads between about 4 saguaros.

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2019-11-17 DarthStiller
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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.

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Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To Brown's Ranch Trailhead
From the 101 in North Scottsdale, drive North on Pima/Princess drive and go East on Happy Valley Road to the stop sign at the instersection of Happy Valley & Alma School Road. Follow Alma School Road North past Dynamite until it ends at Brown's Ranch Trailhead.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 34.0 mi - 44m
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 135 mi - 2h 4m
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 139 mi - 2h 15m
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