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Quartz Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2015
Crzy4AZ
Hiking7.68 Miles 993 AEG
Hiking7.68 Miles   2 Hrs   58 Mns   2.71 mph
993 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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Quartz trail was the first MSP hike that we ever did in 2005 (although I vaguely think there was Lost Dog in 2004 but I can't find any pics and it was before I was HAZ member to document).

Babysitter for the kids. Parked at McDowell Mtn Golf Club with no guilt because we eat there all the time. Picked up Taliesin trail under the bridge and then to Quartz all the way to wherever the "end" is. Hard to tell since no signs at the end. And there is an unbelievable amount of Fountain Grass in the last stretch - impossible to see where trail goes in some parts. Scares me to think what would happen in that area if there was a lightning or human induced fire.

Skipped the quartz outcrop and just stayed on the main trail. I had forgotten how gorgeous that back canyon is - especially with sun beginning to set. I keep hearing about this section of Quartz connecting up to Thompson Peak trail... but no definite plans in the works.
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