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Horse Trails & Scorpion Trail, AZ
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Horse Trails & Scorpion Trail, AZ 
Horse Trails & Scorpion Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 03 2018
CannondaleKid
Hiking5.00 Miles 561 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   41 Mns   2.97 mph
561 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
 
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It began as a chilly 42° morning but encountering a large herd of wild horses crossing Bush Highway at the Coon Bluff intersection, which was close to where I would start my hike, I figured it was a good omen for an enjoyable hike.

Starting from along the road to Coon Bluff, I planned a meandering route to cover ground new-to-me but the moment I encountered a new very new mountain bike trail I decided to see where it went.
VERY new... the turned over ground was so 'fresh' I figured most of it was completed yesterday.

Since I had been traveling southward and it appeared if I followed the trail in that direction it would eventually connect with the Wild Horse Trail, which in fact it did.
Once I reached Wild Horse Trail I turned around and followed the Scorpion Trail (I didn't know the name of it at the time) all the way to where it ended at Bush Highway. From there I headed back to where I began, climbing three hills along the way to get at least some AEG to make up for the continuous loss of elevation (-379') while following the Scorpion Trail.

In addition to the herd of wild horses crossing Bush Highway, I would encounter three more groups of wild horses during the hike. On the drive home, next to Bush Highway opposite the road to Phon D Sutton, I would even encounter a herd of cattle! :o

I stopped at the Mesa Forest Service office on the way home and was told the cattle crossed the Salt River from the Reservation. Between the cattle crossing whenever the river is low, as well as the current average on Bush Highway of one car/horse accident per week, the Forest Service, Maricopa County and other interested parties are working toward eventually keeping the Wild Horses on the West/North side of Bush Highway through the use of cattle(horse)-guards and closing all the openings in the fences.

At the Forest Service office when I asked if they knew about the new bike trail and if it was authorized by the Forest Service, they had me chat with the District Ranger, who actually helped build the trail in the previous two days. That's when I was told the 'new' High Horse and Horse Tale trails were illegal trails and NOT authorized by the Forest Service. They are appealing to the mountain biking organizations (as well as the general public) to help stop the creation of the 'pirate' trails.
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