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MSP Northern Expansion, AZ
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MSP Northern Expansion, AZ 
MSP Northern Expansion, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2014
DarthStiller
Hiking9.80 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking9.80 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   2.35 mph
600 ft AEG
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Got an early morning hike in up in this area before the heat really hot. Started at 6:21 and finished about 10:30am. From the Granite Mtn. TH I headed north on the 136th Express Trail, then west on Dove Valley, Cow Poke, Branding Iron, Cholla Mtn Loop, then back southeast on Balanced Rock Trail and back to the TH on the Powerline Trail. Nothing of any interest happened. Saw more bikers than hikers, as usual in this area. Along the Dove Valley/Cow Poke Trails, there was a junction for the Coyote Valley Trail, which loops back to the Dove Valley Trail. I posted pic of the map posted at that junction on the trail marker. This trail is not on the maps at the TH.

Along the Cholla Mtn Loop Trail I also found a short, 0.2 mile connector trail to the Maverick trail, which connects at Point MV2.

Overall, very nice hike in this area for this time of year, not really too hot at all.
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