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Quartz Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2013
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking8.60 Miles 1,447 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   4 Hrs   1 Min   2.82 mph
1,447 ft AEG      58 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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This was a nice little out-and-back stroll on a "close-to-town" trail.
It's one of only a few trails I hadn't been on in Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve. We started at Lost Dog Wash TH at 124th St and proceeded to the Quartz trail.

Ironically, the Quartz trail moves out of McDowell Sonoran Preserve land and proceeds onto Arizona State Trust Land. (The Trust Land sign is still there, but it's been uprooted and placed off the trail a bit). We have permits, so we continued up the trail, which stays in a wide wash.
Due to time constraints of my hiking mate, we turned around at the location of some well-placed and majestic looking cairns in the wash. It appeared the cairns were indicating an off-trail route, as the official Quartz trail continues up the wash.

We also hiked up a steep trail spur to a quartz outcropping. That white quartz is in definite color contrast to the normal colors we expect in our Arizona rocks.

We saw some mule deer on our hike back that appeared to be a family of four. They stared at us & we stared at them. Photos are poor due to zoom & distance, but it was good to see healthy deer in the Preserve.
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Mule Deer
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Cairn
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