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Bronco TH to Bartlett Dam RD - Maricopa Trail
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Bronco TH to Bartlett Dam RD - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2018
DarthStiller
Hiking13.30 Miles 2,040 AEG
Hiking13.30 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   2.53 mph
2,040 ft AEG
 
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The original plan for this hike was to start at the Bronco TH and do an out and back on the north half of this segment. As I was passing Bartlett Lake Rd, Brian was pulled over on the side of the road waiting for me and waved me down. He suggested that since we had two cars, we do a shuttle. I was a little hesitant because the last week my knee has been bothering me. It really wasn't going to be any longer, and the driving distance wasn't much, so I decided to go for it.

The first 3 miles or so is under power lines and parallels the road to 7springs, which is mostly rolling hills. Then the trail turns to the east and heads up a canyon towards the top of Kentuck Mt. The high point of this segment is at a saddle below the higher parts of the mountain. At the saddle there are very nice views to the south and east, including the Superstitions, Fountain Hills and Four Peaks.

The trail just past the saddle gets very steep, which slowed me down. My knee makes it easy to walk uphill, but downhills are causing a slight issue for me. After the trial leveled out, we were able to pick up some speed. We saw a group of about 6 bikers and then two groups of horse riders. After the level part, the trail took one more drop to a wash before a long climb back up to the power lines and one last slog for a mile and a half under them.

The southern half of this trail is definitely much nicer than the north half, although both ends have the power lines to deal with. The lighting also helped out alot.

Saw a gila monster along the lower level section, it hung out a while and let us take some pictures.

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