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The Other Maricopa Trail, AZ
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The Other Maricopa Trail, AZ 
The Other Maricopa Trail, AZ
 
Hiking5.47 Miles 249 AEG
Hiking5.47 Miles   1 Hour   47 Mns   3.07 mph
249 ft AEG
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This was a morning walk starting in the desert behind our condo development. Not having protective footwear for the off-trail foxtail in the desert, I re-routed through a housing development where I discovered another section of the Maricopa Trail which meanders through this neighborhood. This is "the other Maricopa Trail", not the one that circles around the edge of the valley. This short trail section follows a landscaped paved path along a dry wash between housing developments, it even has lighting on posts at intervals along the path and informative trail markers. The paved trail ended at a golf course fairway so I took a random route an a street leading into the bordering housing development where I found two more Maricopa Trail markers. This led me to a patch of open desert north of the development with a dirt road I followed to Pinnacle Peak Rd. After almost getting run over by a speeding BMW SUV on Pinnacle Pk Rd, I headed south on the unfinished section of N 56th St to the safety of our condo.
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