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Coach Whip Trail - Thunderbird
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Coach Whip Trail - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2015
black_toes
Hiking6.05 Miles 745 AEG
Hiking6.05 Miles   3 Hrs   54 Mns   2.25 mph
745 ft AEG   1 Hour   13 Mns Break
 
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Started at the 51 Ave TH as it turns W into Potter Dr. There's a little paved turnout there, and I was the only car parked. A rain shower delayed me, and I waited it out for 30 mins at a restaurant off 59 Ave. Finally got under way about 1500. You would not know there's a TH there if you hadn't done research. No signs apparent from the street and you're about 30 yards on the trail before you see the first one. Typical in this part of the Valley. Locals working with city officials to discourage hikers, I suppose.

The first third of the trail snakes around high-end homes. Crossed W Arrowhead Dr at .62 mi, just below the gated Arrowhead Manor Estates. Big homes up there on the hillside, some mansion size. Was glad to leave them behind and get out into a true desert environment with lots of blooming brittlebush and creosote, budding buckhorn and scattered young saguaro. Passed three what? wildlife blinds? along the contour, also some g. quail and a cactus wren but little else that moved. After coming up some mild switchbacks I finally reached the two ramadas on NW cor of trail at 2.05 mi out.

From the ramadas I took the H-2 (Arrowhead Trail) uphill to the W prominence and then on E to Arrowhead Pk. The American flag fluttered in a cool breeze. Traffic picked up on the descent on the northern approach. Many walking dogs. At the bottom of the hill, I cut W on the Coachwhip again and reached the ramadas, knowing I was going to hike back to the car in twilight, possibly darkness. Few travel the Coachwhip to the south. Ran into only two young women near sundown. They turned around when I told them it was another mile and a half to the 51 Ave TH. I didn't know of a trail making a shortcut through the hills to get them back to their parking lot on Pinnacle Peak Rd. Reached my car just at nightfall. Pleasant hike, nothing special. Unless I hear of a riot of wildflowers, I probably won't do this trail again soon.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
About every brittlebush was abloom. Lots of creosote too. Globe mallow in abundance on the high parts of the hills. Also ran into small clusters of phacelia, blue dick and fiddle neck.
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