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Bronco Trail #245Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2018
Hiking9.76 Miles 1,768 AEG
Hiking9.76 Miles   4 Hrs   55 Mns   2.30 mph
1,768 ft AEG      40 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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My wife and I hiked the Bronco Trail for our Sunday afternoon hike. Marilyn wanted to get in 8 miles for the day, so we hiked north for a ways on #247 (Cottonwood) until her GPS passed 4 miles.

On the way back, I explored a bit of the China Wall Trail w/ Bronco Creek. There seemed to be more than a few paths in this area - I'm not certain I was on the right one, but I did eventually find one that seemed like more than just an old cow path or game trail. I got confused on the way back to #245, but my GPS helped me to find the trail that I came in on - I was following the wrong drainage back up to #245.

When I caught up with my wife, she thought that she had lost her phone. We spent a while searching for it. A pair of hunters saw us, thought that we were lost, and provided helpful directions on how to get back. It turned out that she hadn't actually lost her phone - it was in her backpack, but not in the compartment where she normally keeps it. But she didn't figure that out until we were back in our vehicle driving home. We spent perhaps half an hour to forty minutes looking for her phone.

In addition to the hunters, we saw a woman with her dogs hiking behind us for the first two miles of the hike.

This was my first time on the Bronco Trail. I didn't much like the mile and a half or so nearest to the trailhead, but the rest is pretty nice. I also enjoyed my exploration of the China Wall / Bronco Creek area.

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