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Powerline Road #1 - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2015
Crzy4AZ
Hiking10.29 Miles 459 AEG
Hiking10.29 Miles   3 Hrs   19 Mns   3.28 mph
459 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Had to work yesterday morning but I was tallying up how miles I have left to re-join the ever growing ATC "all trails club" of McDowell Sonoran Preserve. I hit the mark last year - and then when total went up to 163 miles - I've been working since last spring to get all the segments done by foot. So I realized I only have less than 10 and I had yesterday afternoon of freedom with kids out of town - and I knew I had to get a hike in.

I parked at a legal spot on Legend Trail Parkway that is full on the weekends with room for 6-8 cars (thanks for info @Sun Ray) but I was the only one there at 1:00pm on a Wednesday. I kept my work clothes on but changed into hiking shoes and set off. It's AZ State Land Trust land between the parking area and marker BR9 in the MSP. Well worn trails for neighborhood folks and old Moto routes. It can be really confusing - so recommend having GPS route unless you don't mind wandering around a little. Having MAPRIKA App is also helpful. You are a bouncing blue ball on the MSP trails - I use that app all the time in the new north.

Saw some old ranching ruins and then turned to get on BR9 (end of Brown's Ranch Rd trail) and Powerline Road #1 trail. Took Powerline Rd up 2 miles to Dove Valley trail. (I had already done upper segment of PL#1 few weeks ago). Yucky of course to be under and around powerlines - but nice to not see anyone and pretty good expansive views.

I really like Old Camp Trail - going to write it up for HAZ soon. Then grabbed Broken Spoke segment I was missing (that is a fantastic little trail) - and took Hawknest back down to BR9. I got lost twice in the State Land Trust return to my car. Was glad to have GPS route.

And my time was super good - 3.3 mph - after working all morning. Of course it's super flat and not difficult. But that's still pretty fast for me just walking. Saw ZERO hikers the whole time. Saw dozen bikers. One 4x4ATV at intersection of Tonto Forest and Dove Valley trail (was in Tonto legally).

Life returns to normal on Thursday - love my tender chickens - but I did get in some good hikes while they were gone.
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