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Loop 202 South Mountain, AZ
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Loop 202 South Mountain, AZ 
Loop 202 South Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2019
kingsnake
Hiking7.34 Miles 853 AEG
Hiking7.34 Miles   3 Hrs   9 Mns   2.33 mph
853 ft AEG
 
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I timed my ninth Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway survey hike to coincide with the first full weekend of the month, as that Saturday and Sunday are the only two days of the month that San Juan Road is open to vehicular traffic.

From Bajada Trailhead, I followed National Trail for ¾ mile to the saddle on Main Ridge North, then cut across country for a few hundred yards to the Graffiti Ranch. 👨🏻‍🎨

From Graffiti Ranch, I followed the jeep trail to its neighbor, Rock Wall Ranch.

Which was no more. Gone. The collapsed chicken coop, the foundation, the rock wall, the planter, the random garbage and thousands of nails … all gone. I thought being 100 yds. from the right-of-way Rock Wall Ranch would be safe. Bummer. I’ll miss the rock wall. 😕

I was hoping one of the multi-use crossings would be complete, so I could legally cross the right-of-way, but alas not. So, I worked my way along the yellow “do not cross” rope, between the right of way and the Taylor-Morrison luxury community.

Good thing too! As I was taking pictures from the Wildwood Dr. cul-de-sac, a white pickup drove up from the construction zone. The driver asked what I was up to. “Just taking pictures,” I said. Pointing them out, he replied that they had seen me on three or four security cameras. I mentioned that I had been careful not to cross the yellow rope. And that was that. Because if somebody did cross the yellow rope, that would be a huge safety issue, causing work to shut down, resulting in delays and dollar losses to the project. (Not to mention Federal Pound Me in the Pumpkin Prison for the offender.) 😳

I crossed over Main Ridge South near the lxury development gate. A number of cyclists and walkers were getting extra exercise heading up from the Pecos Road area.

Working my way south along the wall / fence bordering the still-standing 32nd Lane properties, I arrived near Waypoint #1, at the 3303 W. Pecos Road pump station. Which was missing. I figured the freeway would curve north before it reached the pump station, but I guess it was cheaper to relocate it.

I then backtracked north, back over Main Ridge South and across the valley to Main Ridge North. There were a TON of Arizona Blister Beetles near Waypoint #11,  the former location of the R.A. Steele Ranch. Between Waypoint #12 and Waypoint #14, there was a parking lot of inactive earth movers.

Still staying clear if the yellow rope, I made my way up Main Ridge North's steep slope, which was made more difficult due to not being able to use the old jeep trail that was blasted away.

Waypoint #15 was on top of Main Ridge North. From there, I looked north, across the multi-use crossing #3, adjacent to the pink reservation water tanks, to Dusty Lane. On the far side of the enclave, I could see that pavement had extended south from the Pecos Segment to the foot of Alta Ridge at 51st Ave.

Though from elevated point on Main Ridge North I could get a solid overview of the changes along Dusty Lane, I continued to follow the yellow security rope north, photographing Waypoints #16-20 up close. (Or as close as I could get without trespassing.)

My survey hike complete at Choppo Road and 43rd Ave. (Waypoint #20), I cut cross country, northeast back to my car at the Bajada Trailhead.

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