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Desert Park Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 30 2017
DarthStiller
Hiking6.10 Miles 763 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   2.13 mph
763 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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With a one more week reprieve from the really hot weather, I took advantage and took the wife and kids out for yet another hike. This will likely be the last one they'll do until after the summer, so it was nice to take advantage of the mild and clear weather. The last two times we went out to Lost Dutchman State Park, so in order to avoid burnout with that area, we headed up to the Scottsdale MSP to hike some trails I never did. The Desert Park trail was one I kind of avoided since it seemed to go thru a neighborhood. It kind of skirts a neighborhood, and some housing is in the process of still being built, but it's not that bad.

We took the Desert Park Trail to its terminus, then made a loop by taking the Windgate Pass, Gateway Loop, and Horseshoe Trails back to the car. Along the Desert Park Trail, we saw almost no one. Once back in the preserve and on the Windgate Pass Trail, it was an ant trail. Lots of hikers and trail runners. Nothing real bad though.

it seemed kind of warm to start, but never really got any hotter. In fact, it seemed almost cooler at times along the saddles with the breezes. This turned out to be a really nice hike for the family, glad I saved it. Had lunch afterwards at Sweet Tomatoes in Scottsdale, trying to keep it a little healthy.
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