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Tarantula Trail - MSPN, AZ

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Distance One Way 0.45 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,600 feet
Elevation Gain -50 feet
Accumulated Gain 20 feet
Avg Time One Way 10 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 0.52
Backpack No
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author avatar Guides 26
Routes 422
Photos 8,266
Trips 617 map ( 5,576 miles )
Age 53 Male Gender
Location Mesa, AZ
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Preferred Sep, Nov, Feb, Apr → 7 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:41am - 7:26pm
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by DarthStiller

The Tarantula Trail is a newly built trail that appears in the newly published maps of the Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve published in September 2019. The quickest access to this trail is from the Brown's Ranch Trailhead, taking either the Latigo Trail, or the Upper Ranch and Rustler Trails to the eastern end of the trail.

From the Hackamore Trail, this trail trends in a southwesterly direction while meandering back and forth quite a few times with hairpin turns. The trail is very smooth and easy to walk. The middle of the trail goes by a stand of taller monolithic boulders, giving somewhat interesting scenery. Views south/westbound are mostly of the lower western valley, with alternating views of Brown's and Cone Mountain and Cave Creek to the north, and McDowell Mountain to the south, if you can see past the nearby power lines.

Vegetation is the typical sonoran desert flora. A few larger unusual saguaros are intermittent.

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2019-11-17 DarthStiller
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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

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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
page created by DarthStiller on Nov 17 2019 7:11 pm
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