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Maricopa/Sun Circle Trails via Granite Reef, AZ
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Maricopa/Sun Circle Trails via Granite Reef, AZ 
Maricopa/Sun Circle Trails via Granite Reef, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 29 2018
DarthStiller
Hiking7.40 Miles 230 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   3 Hrs      2.47 mph
230 ft AEG
 
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The original forecast was for a high of 85. It was a few degrees warmer than that, but we were done by 11:30am, so we stayed out of the 91 that eventually hit. I saw a sign for the Maricopa Trail at the Granite Reef rec area a few months ago and checked it online. It basically follows the canals after a very short trail through the trees. This is likely the last weekend before the consistent 100 degree days hit, so I wanted to take the family out for a hike. My wife had some students to teach, so we wanted to keep it close by and easy. This fit the bill for a family hike. We were still able to get the mileage up a little bit and push the kids' limits. Dmitri's foot was really bothering him the last two miles but he made it through. His shoes only last 2 or 3 months before he outgrows them, and I buy them a half size too big. He's only 2 sizes smaller than me now.

The views of Red Mountain are the best thing about this hike. Not much to see really. this looks like it's used mostly by bicyclers. Seeing the infrastructure up close is still kind of cool and worth something. Interesting to see the spot where all the water from the Salt River is diverted into the canal that tries to quench metro Phoenix's mighty thirst. The water looks very calm, but when you look closer, it's really moving fast.

Finished after just over 3 hours and stopped for lunch.
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