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Indian Bend Wash - Scottsdale, AZ
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Indian Bend Wash - Scottsdale, AZ 
Indian Bend Wash - Scottsdale, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 16 2013
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Hiking5.27 Miles 143 AEG
Hiking5.27 Miles   2 Hrs   28 Mns   2.77 mph
143 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
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Wouldn't have listed this easy jaunt through Scottsdale's narrow greenbelt if it wasn't listed as Hike #15 in Charles Liu's "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles" of Phoenix. I set out to do all 60 in 2012, but stopped hiking in the summer months and finished with only 25 for the year.

Did a shuttle and finally left with MJ from Chaparral Park on the north end, just beyond Jackrabbit and Hayden. Marched south along the concrete path all the way to the terminus at McKellips Lake Park. Would like to see the wash during a flood.

Worse thing was the numerous bicyclers of all ages whizzing by us. I heard, "On the left," so many times from bikers coming up from behind that I got sick of it. Better than having tire tracks up your rear, I suppose. But the warnings were interesting. A verbose woman yelled, "Coming up on your left," while a man, stingy with his words, shouted only, "Left, left."

Lots of activities going on: golf at the two courses, Coronado and Continental; skateboarding, fishing and large groups picnicking. The path runs through three other parks -- Indian School, Eldorado and Vista del Camino, each with a lake -- and edge by some attractive apartment complexes and condos. We stopped for sub sandwiches on the east side of the lake at Indian School Park and sat on a bench in a penetrating sun because the only shady spot, a large picnic table, was being used for a bed by what I assumed was a homeless man.

Beautiful day, uninteresting hike. Except for duck-watching and the Canadas that flew low over us in a "V" at sunset, honking loudly. Love that. What Indian Bend needs is less bicycles and more wildlife. I'm sure that's going to happen any day now. Anyway, with Indian Bend, I've completed 28 of the Liu hikes and am in no hurry to get through all of them.
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