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Stagecoach Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking13.40 Miles 571 AEG
Hiking13.40 Miles   4 Hrs   44 Mns   2.83 mph
571 ft AEG
 
1st trip
I've been wanting to hike the newer section of the Stagecoach Trail that's in the upper northwest corner of the preserve. It's pretty remote to get to, so it's a longer hike, making it a better idea to wait until the weather is cooler to do it. I was thinking it would be more like 15+ miles, but it was only just over 13. The weather was perfect the whole time. The trails here are smoother, so I could make much better time than along the rockier trails I've been hiking recently. I got done in about the same amount of time it normally takes me to do 10 miles or less.

From the Brown's Ranch TH, I took the Brown's Ranch Road Trail to Hawkest, Malpais, then Stagecoach. At the end of the Stagecoach Trail, I headed south a bit on the Powerline Road Trail, and headed back on the West Express Trail, which I think used to be the Axle Grease Trail. Not sure why they changed the name. Coming back on the West Express, a plane was overhead flying loop de loops and making a lot of noise. When I looked up, I could see he was leaving trails to show off the loops.

Brian mt98dew was supposed to try to make it with me for this hike. I thought I wouldn't get to the TH until 6:45am, but I was way early and there before the gate even opened. I kept expecting to see him catching up to me, but he never did. Back at the TH he left a note on my car saying he took an unexpected route. It can be confusing getting to the Stagecoach Trail knowing which turns to take at several trail junctions. Also got a note from Brian SunRay, so the HAZ community was out in force today.
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