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Gateway Loop Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2017
Grasshopper
Hiking2.50 Miles 307 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.00 mph
307 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
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I had not ridden in my old '92YJ "Grasshopper" Jeep since transferring ownership in Jan'16 to my local friends and our HAZ- ReneeG & family. Renee contacted me on a "whim" the day before and invited me to join her and their two young sons (my "unofficial" two young nephews), for a local, city hike :D

We knew that we would not complete the entire Gateway Loop Trail 4.3 mile round-trip, but that would be OK. I looked at my previous HAZ trip logs on this trail and noticed that this hike would be the sixth time in my past years of hiking in AZ that I had been on some portion of this South Section- McDowell Sonoran Preserve Trail. Interestingly enough, I had to review the driving directions as it has been years since I have been to this Gateway Center Parking/TH.

We arrived at the huge vehicle parking lot at 9:15am and had problems finding a parking spot [ photo ] .. good thing we all had our hiking stuff :lol:

I had high hopes for lots of wildflowers and so did a few hundred others. The wildflowers were there, but the area is drying-out quickly so we really needed to look closely, but all in all, a nice variety as documented below and in my picset.

It was a fun morning hike with Renee and the boys, and I did not break the park rules by going off-trail to hunt for ancient ruins, even though I was tempted to do so ;-)

T-hank-S again Renee for the invite, your company, and the cool morning ride in the still awesome
"Grasshopper" !!
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