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Maricopa Trail - I-17 to Bob Bentley, AZ
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Sedona Loop Hike
Sedona Loop Hike
Maricopa Trail - I-17 to Bob Bentley, AZ 
Maricopa Trail - I-17 to Bob Bentley, AZ
Hiking6.60 Miles 425 AEG
Hiking6.60 Miles   2 Hrs   19 Mns   2.85 mph
425 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Started at 7am. Cool (43 degrees) and breezy again, just like yesterday. I'm actually getting smart...was able to park near the midway point of my intended hike. That way I can go both directions. Still doubling my mileage, but this seemed to work better. I suspected this would be a pretty dull stretch of the Maricopa Trail, and I wasn't far off. I hiked first from Pioneer Rd to I-17. There was an area that looked fire-damaged. A lot of rocks and cactus in this section.

Hiked back to the starting point and followed the MT west. Very, very flat, rocky and lots of staghorn cholla. And wind. Steady 15 mph breeze, which kept the temp from warming. Thought I'd lose my hat several times. This section follows the northern edge of the Ben Avery Range, and I could hear shots nearby. Best to heed the warning signs.

After .8 mile, the trail turns south and follows the western edge of the range. Very straight, rocky, flat and more staghorn cholla. The breeze kept things interesting. I followed the trail to the junction with the Bob Bentley trail.

Kind of glad I knocked out this part of the MT. Pretty nondescript, and I only saw one other person at a distance. I have a feeling other sections on the west side are similar to's just walking, without many great views.
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Wildflowers Observation None
Globe chamomile and grass on the east side, staghorn cholla on the west side.

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