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Nov 12 2017
KBKB
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59 male
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 Fountain Hills,
Maricopa Trail - North of Dove Valley, AZ 
Maricopa Trail - North of Dove Valley, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Nov 12 2017
KBKB
Mtn Biking32.53 Miles 1,526 AEG
Mtn Biking32.53 Miles   4 Hrs   56 Mns   6.59 mph
1,526 ft AEG
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My friend Nick joined me to explore some more trails in the Granite Mountain / Brown's Ranch area on Sunday.

In order, I rode: Bootlegger, Granite Mountain Loop, Branding Iron, The Divide, Hawknest, Dove Valley, Maricopa Trail (in Tonto National Forest, to Cave Creek Ranger Station, and then somewhat beyond, out and back), Dove Valley, West Express, Malpais, Hawknest, Buckshot, Corral, Dry Gulch, Cholla Mountain Loop, Balanced Rock, Granite Mountain Loop, Granite Mountain, Black Hill, Monument, 136th St Express, Cowpoke, Granite Mountain Loop, Saddlehorn, Bootlegger.

Nick rode all of the above with me, but returned via a more direct route when we got to the intersection of Granite Mountain Loop & Granite Mountain. My wife joined us for the first part of this ride, but ended up returning early as she whacked her shin just below the knee with a pedal. (It was quite swollen; she returned home to ice it.)

My main goal for the day was to look at more of the Maricopa Trail north of the Preserve Boundary. I rode some of it several weeks ago by myself. This week we rode it all the way to the Cave Creek Ranger Station - there is a spur trail which goes there - and then slightly beyond.

The section of the Maricopa Trail from the northern Preserve boundary to Bartlett Dam Rd is a fairly mellow singletrack. It's also fairly well beaten in, though not quite as well as most of the trails in the Preserve. It's mostly an easy uphill as you work your way north, with several wash crossings along the way. It crosses the powerline road three times. However, it also crosses several other roads and trails which seem to be popular with the OHV crowd. We saw (and heard) several motorcycles while we were out. There are a total of six road crossings (counting the powerline road, but not counting Bartlett Dam Rd) in the last mile of trail south of Bartlett Dam Rd. While there should not be any motorized traffic on the Maricopa Trail, there is definitely motorized traffic on these roads which cross the trail, so it's important to watch for cross traffic.

Nick and I rode to the ranger station in hopes of getting a map, but it wasn't open.

We started riding the next segment that goes northward, but we only rode out perhaps half a mile. In that half mile that we rode, the trail stayed close (even under) the powerlines and had numerous wash crossings, perhaps as many in that half mile as we had encountered during the entire 3.3 mile stretch from the Preserve boundary to Bartlett Dam Rd. These seemed deeper too, and the track was not beaten down enough for me to feel comfortable taking the downhill at speed so that I could coast up the other side.

When we returned to the Preserve, we took Dove Valley to the West Express Trail, which was new to me. West Express felt like an old motorcycle track (which it probably is). It was okay, but I like the new section of Stagecoach (which I rode last week) better. They both intersect with Malpais too. (I haven't ridden West Express south of Malpais yet.) The West Express Trail is more direct (shorter) than the new section of Stagecoach. Stagecoach is, IMO, better constructed and a lot more fun to ride. The other really nice thing about the new segment of Stagecoach is that it provides a bit over five uninterrupted miles of trail - there are no other intersecting trails from where it crosses the powerline road until it terminates/intersects with the Malpais Trail.

Towards the end of my ride, after leaving Nick, I rode north past the Granite Mountain Trailhead on 136th St Express and then took Cowpoke over to Granite Mountain Loop. I rarely ride these trails; in fact, I don't think I've been on them since another friend showed them to me several years ago. Cowpoke definitely goes uphill, but it's a surprisingly gentle grade to get up to Granite Mountain Loop. Cowpoke is also a very scenic trail with interesting rocks and numerous saguaros along the way. I should endeavor to ride it more often.
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Oct 29 2017
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 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Maricopa Trail - North of Dove Valley, AZ 
Maricopa Trail - North of Dove Valley, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Oct 29 2017
KBKB
Mtn Biking17.59 Miles 778 AEG
Mtn Biking17.59 Miles   3 Hrs   1 Min   7.49 mph
778 ft AEG      40 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Just a Sunday afternoon ride with my wife in the Granite & Cholla Mountain areas of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve...

Prior to going out, I looked at the current map and noticed, at the top (north) end of the map, that two "Step-Over Gates" are marked at the boundary with the Tonto National Forest. My goal was to get to the gate just off of Dove Valley Trail and take a look at what's on the other side.

My wife and I rode Bootlegger, Granite Mountain Loop, Branding Iron, and north on The Divide Trail. When we got to High Desert, my wife turned left (west) and rode to the intersection with Broken Spur where she would later meet me.

I continued up The Divide, went left on Hawknest, then right on Dove Valley. I could have turned left on Dove Valley from The Divide Trail, but Hawknest is nicer - it's a singletrack whereas Dove Valley is an old jeep road. Anyway, when I turned onto Dove Valley, I found that there was a pretty well defined path made by mountain bikers; it was better than I expected it to be.

I got to the step-over gate at the Tonto National Forest Boundary and crossed over. I looked at the map posted on a large sign and noticed that the area is riddled with roads and perhaps other paths too. It appears that the area might be popular with the OHV crowd. Once I was done studying the map, I was looking at the various road options in front of me when I noticed a sign for the Maricopa Trail. I followed it for 1.4 miles and turned around just as it was crossing under the power lines for the second time. It's a nice singletrack marked for non-motorized vehicle use. In less than a quarter mile, it went through another step-over gate, though this one has a hinged bar which must be unlatched before you can cross. It then crossed the power line road twice; I think there was a least one other road that it crossed, but I don't know what that (or those) roads are (were). I noticed some spur trails leading to the west; I got a good look at one of them; it was a trail that followed a fence line. As noted earlier, I turned around just as it was crossing under the power lines for the second time. Looking at a map of my track, I see Joy Ranch Rd was due west of where I turned around. This section of the Maricopa Trail was pretty well beaten in, so I think it must have been there for a while; I just didn't know about it. (For some reason, I thought that the Maricopa Trail would continue on from where The Divide Trail meets Hawknest.) Anyway, I plan to explore further sometime soon. I'm wondering if it somehow connects to Spur Cross... that would be quite a ride!

When I got back to the Preserve, I continued on Dove Valley, turned left on Stagecoach, then right on Hawknest. I turned left when I got to Broken Spoke and met my wife where it intersected with High Desert.

We continued on High Desert, turned left (east) on Corral and then turned left (east again) onto Dry Gulch. From the end of Dry Gulch we returned via Cholla Mountain Loop, Balanced Rock, Granite Mountain Loop, Granite Mountain, Black Hill, Turpentine, and 136th St Express.

Update: I found two maps of the Maricopa Trail that may be of interest:

Maricopa and Sun Circle Trails

Spur Cross - Bronco

These maps show that a 1.3 mile gap between the area I explored and the Bronco Trailhead will open in Dec, 2017.

That said... I've hiked some of the Maricopa Trail from Spur Cross while hiking up to Skull Mesa. TR 247 (Cottonwood) is beyond my skill and aerobic capacity as a mountain biker. So riding from Granite Mountain to Spur Cross is probably not in the cards for me.
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Oct 06 2017
Thoreau
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 Phoenix, AZ
136th Street Express Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Thoreau
Mtn Biking13.62 Miles 205 AEG
Mtn Biking13.62 Miles   1 Hour   36 Mns   8.51 mph
205 ft AEG
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Oct 01 2017
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 Phoenix, AZ
136th Street Express Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
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Thoreau
Mtn Biking12.83 Miles 205 AEG
Mtn Biking12.83 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   7.33 mph
205 ft AEG
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Jul 02 2017
Thoreau
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136th Street Express Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
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Thoreau
Mtn Biking13.60 Miles 205 AEG
Mtn Biking13.60 Miles   1 Hour   27 Mns   9.38 mph
205 ft AEG
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Jun 25 2017
Thoreau
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136th Street Express Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
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Thoreau
Mtn Biking13.70 Miles 205 AEG
Mtn Biking13.70 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   8.06 mph
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Loop, including 136th.
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May 10 2017
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Black Hill Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar May 10 2017
mazatzal
Hiking3.50 Miles 330 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   2.63 mph
330 ft AEG
 
With the continued cool temps I did a short loop in MSPN
Black Hill - ServRd#4 - Dix - Black Hill - Morn Vista - 136th - Monument
Did not see any people :o
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mazatzal
Hiking3.50 Miles 330 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   2.63 mph
330 ft AEG
 
Short loop in MSPN
Black Hill - ServRd#4 - Dix - Black Hill - Morn Vista - 136th - Monument
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Dec 23 2016
DarthStiller
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 Mesa, AZ
Cholla Mountain Loop - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Dec 23 2016
DarthStiller
Hiking11.00 Miles 731 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   4 Hrs   34 Mns   2.41 mph
731 ft AEG
 
1st trip
In my quest to get 300 miles in before the end of the year, I decided to go back up to the northern MSP and get a few more segments of trails that I hadn't done yet. The night before my hike, Jim Lyding sent me a message asking if I was hiking the next day since he saw that I "posted" my hike via the Wishlist. We arranged to meet off the 101 and hike together. We started at about 7am, just barely enough daylight to not need a headlamp. I decided to start at the Granite Mt. Trailhead only because it's the only TH that doesn't have the timed sliding gates that won't let you park until after sunrise.

From the Granite Mt. TH, we took the Bootlegger Trail to the Granite Mt. Loop Trail, then the Balanced Rock Trail over to the section of the Cholla Mt. Loop Trail that I had not yet done. Once I got that done, we headed up for small segment on the Divide Trail until we got to the one unmapped trail. We took that north, and then took a new segment of an unmapped trail to the south and east until it connected to the Coyote Canyon Trail. From there we took the Desperado Trail over to Soapberry Wash so I could finish yet another small segment I didn't hike. After that, we hiked the remainder of the Soapberry Wash Trail to Dove Valley and the 136th St. Express back to the TH. Just barely got 11 miles total. The clouds hung low throughout the day through the mountains, making for some not very typical scenery in the Sonoran desert. Also nice to hike while the ground was still wet as opposed to the ubiquitous dust normally around everywhere. Soapberry Wash even had a tiny trickle of water in some sections of it. We almost saw no one the entire time until we were within eyeshot of the trailhead, then 3 bikers whizzed by, 2 groups of hikers arrived at the TH at the same time we did, and as we left a group of equestrians were finishing their morning jaunt.

Afterwards we had a very good lunch at the Scottsdale Beer Co., kicking off the weekend of holiday food and drink. Nice to hike with Jim again, it's been about 4 to 5 years since our last Superstitions deathmarch with Joe and Wally.
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Dec 11 2016
mazatzal
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Hawknest Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking10.00 Miles 900 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   2.31 mph
900 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
Back to the McDowell Preserve!
Hawknest-Stagecoach-High Desert-Renegade-Dove Vally-Barb’s-136th Street
Saw a coyote, a couple of hawks and jack rabbits.
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Dec 01 2016
mazatzal
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 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
McDowell Preserve Phase 2C Loop, AZ 
McDowell Preserve Phase 2C Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2016
mazatzal
Hiking11.20 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   2.36 mph
1,300 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
Loop in MSPN far north area. Started from Tonto NF.
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Nov 27 2016
DarthStiller
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 Mesa, AZ
North Diablo Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Nov 27 2016
DarthStiller
Hiking13.20 Miles 784 AEG
Hiking13.20 Miles   5 Hrs   5 Mns   2.60 mph
784 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Went back up this area to do a few more trails I haven't hiked yet. Took 136th St. to Barb's Trail, Renegade and High Desert and The Divide Trails. Then I did the North and South Diablo Trails, including all the inter-braided loops marked "most difficult", which they weren't really at all. At the end of the South Diablo Trail, I was on the Divide Trail headed north when I saw the junction for a trail that cut across the unmapped area. I decided to take this as it was headed in the direction I was going (back to the car) and it looked like a shortcut. It junctions on the north end with the High Desert Trail again, which saved me probably over a half mile of hiking. From the High Desert Trail, I took Dove Valley back to the east side via Barb's and 136th St. again.

didn't see any other hikers, and even the number of bikers was pretty low. I think I've seen more people out there in the heat of the summer. The temperature was much cooler than it has been recently thanks to the clouds. No interesting wildlife spotted, barely even chipmunks or rabbits.
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Nov 15 2016
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
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Sun_Ray
Hiking11.54 Miles 527 AEG
Hiking11.54 Miles   5 Hrs   23 Mns   2.70 mph
527 ft AEG   1 Hour   7 Mns Break
 
Joined an organized hike from McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. 15 of us started from Granite Mountain TH and used various trails to get to Hawknest trail and back. On the way back we had one individual who had foot issues that slowed the whole group down. Meet up was called for 7:45 AM and we left at 8:10. Wish we could have started at 7 as it was warm the last hour or so.

AVE HR:114
HIGH HR:145
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Nov 13 2016
DarthStiller
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 Mesa, AZ
Soapberry Wash Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Nov 13 2016
DarthStiller
Hiking10.60 Miles 622 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   2.71 mph
622 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Got out for a quick morning hike with a later kickoff for the Steelers, doing a few more trails I haven't hiked yet. Right at dawn I saw another saguaro with about 5 hawks sitting on the tops of all the arms.

I took the 136th St. Express Trail and finished of the last section of that I hadn't done, then did a figure 8 of the Dove Valley, Cowpoke and Old Paint Wash Trails, the took the Old Paint Wash Trail up to the Soapberry Wash Trail, Desperado Trail, then went east on the Coyote Canyon Trail, back to the Dove Valley Trail, and did a section of the Renegade Trail. I circled back taking the Renegade-Soapberry Wash connector to Soapberry, then got back on the Renegade eastward again to 136th St and back to the TH.

I was hoping to finish up a section of the Cholla Mtn Trail, but if I did that, it would have been over 15 miles, which is more than I wanted to do today. I also forgot to take my snacks, so I was ready to get home for lunch.
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Saguaro - Crested
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Michelin Man Saguaro
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Oct 14 2016
mazatzal
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Hawknest Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2016
mazatzal
Hiking15.20 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking15.20 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   2.50 mph
1,100 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
Parked in the Tonto and did whole trail Hawknest and High Desert on the return.

136th :next: Hawknest :next: Buckshot :next: Corral :next: High Desert :next: Hawknest :next: 136th
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Oct 04 2016
mazatzal
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63 male
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Renegade - Diablos - Desperado, AZ 
Renegade - Diablos - Desperado, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2016
mazatzal
Hiking10.20 Miles 556 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.45 mph
556 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Back to MSPN :roll:

Barb’s :next: Dove Valley :next: Renegade :next: High Desert :next: The Divide :next: N. Diablo :next: S. Diablo :next: Branding Iron :next: Granite Mountain Loop :next: Coyote Canyon :next: Desperado :next: Renegade :next: 136th Express :next: Barb’s

Saw 2 mountain bikers and some evidence of motor bikes coming in from 136th St :(
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Sep 11 2016
DarthStiller
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 Mesa, AZ
Old Camp Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Sep 11 2016
DarthStiller
Hiking14.00 Miles 817 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   4 Hrs   52 Mns   2.88 mph
817 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Went back up to the northern part of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve to hike more trails I haven't done before the start of football season. I started at the end of 136th St. again and hiked my way over to the Old Camp Trail and back again. I took 136th St. Express, Barb's Trail, Old Paint Wash Trail, High Desert Trail, Hawknest, Dove Valley, Stagecoach, Old Camp, Hawknest again, Stagecoach again, then Dove Valley all the way back to Barb's to 136th St. Express and back to my car.

I only saw 2 hikers very early and then a few bikers after that. I think for the last 3.5 hours of my hike I didn't see anyone. on the Dove Valley Trail right before the step over gate at the NW corner of the park there was a diamondback lying on the trail. I got some pics and walked around him, going off trail for a bit. He turned his head to look at me a bit as I inched closer to him, so I decided not to get him riled up for the sake of a nicer pic with him all coiled up.

There's a map and kiosk up in that NW corner of the park at the step over gate. Not sure if it's ok to park here, although it seems kind of remote to drive to.

Hiked over a half marathon this morning, total time 4 hours, 57 mins, with only 5 min, 31 seconds of total non-moving time. Not really even sore, I think the beastly hike Wally and I did last week on Mt. Lemmon helped with that.
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Aug 21 2016
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Renegade Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Aug 21 2016
Crzy4AZ
Hiking6.50 Miles 376 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   3 Hrs   34 Mns   2.47 mph
376 ft AEG      56 Mns Break
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1st trip
Last night had a hike rained out - was determined to get in a good hike this morning. Set alarm for 4:30am. Got close to Tonto on 136th St by 5:45am. Was spit raining - huge wall of rain over Brown's Mtn. MyWeather radar app showed it moving away from my planned area. I basically didn't care - was getting this hike in.

Plan was to do entirety of Renegade now that signs are up. Last times on Renegade I did the "Heaven Hill" portion but didn't know how it connected to other trails on either side. Knew generalities but not names or details. So I used TrailForks map to see where I was going when I wasn't near a sign since the new City map won't be out for another week or so.

136th St Express down to start of Renegade :next: to the end of Renegade and backtracked to Desperado :next: down to Soapberry Wash (and intersection with Michelin Man cactus) :next: Soapberry to Renegade connector :next: Dove Valley :next: Barb's :next: 136th.

Temp was 73 at start and low 80's when I finished. I took 56 minutes of break. Mostly laying around on top of Heaven Hill watching sun break though cloud layers and thinking how much I loved the quiet and solitude but simultaneously wished I wasn't alone. I haven't had a drink in 42 days and feel so much better - skin/hair/clothes fitting so much better. Nothing horrible made me stop. Just felt like need for alcohol was escalating and was using it to get dissociative from daily life. Not healthy. And not drinking on Fri/Sat nights makes it much easier to get up crack of dawn for hikes.

Because of the rain and storms - I was the only human out on trails for at least two hours. You get panoramic views from the three bumps/hills on Renegade - - cloud cover was just wonderful. Bugs were intensely awful and I had to keep a rag on my nose/mouth for most of the hike to keep from vacuuming them up as I walked. Still worth it to get out on these trails before word gets out how great they are. Rain+alarm clock+bugs == no one else out there LOL.

I am posting a crap ton of photos because it was just so beautiful. Side note: I am far behind posting triplogs from spring. I know how to make it not show up on main page. Will slowly get those filled in. And somehow I need to get motivation to write up these hike descriptions.

Route Scout app rocks. I love uploading to HAZ. And TrailForks has one mislabeled section of Renegade and is missing two short connectors.
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Michelin Man Saguaro
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white ratany, desert senna, barrel cactus blooms
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Aug 07 2016
DarthStiller
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 Mesa, AZ
McDowell Sonoran Preserve North, AZ 
McDowell Sonoran Preserve North, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 07 2016
DarthStiller
Hiking12.10 Miles 579 AEG
Hiking12.10 Miles   4 Hrs   37 Mns   2.62 mph
579 ft AEG
 
After finding out about the legal parking lot at the end of 136th St., thanks to Crzy4AZ's forum post, I was eager to get back up to this area and start some of these newer trails. It doesn't take long after the pavement ends that 136th St. starts to get a bit gnarly. Nothing a standard sedan shouldn't be able to handle in dry weather, though.

I started with the 136th St. Express Trail at Montello, headed south, then made a right turn heading west on the Hawknest Trail. I took that all the way out to the Stagecoach Trail, then headed south on that trail to the High Desert Trail and headed east. After that I headed north, back up towards the Hawknest Trail, and did a mini loop of a few short trail segments there before heading east again on the Dove Valley Trail. I finished up taking Barb's Trail NE to 136th St. Express again and headed back to my car. 12.1 miles total.

The heat wasn't too bad, but it was picking up by the time I finished. There were breezes often enough that it made things pretty bearable. I used my new hoodie t-shirt to keep the sun off my head some, and that also helped a bit. Saw a little bit of wildlife this time. Right at the start I saw 2 doe, but was only able to get a photo of one. Saw a rabbit and a desert hare that each stayed still long enough for me to get decent photos. Saw more bikers up here than hikers, which is pretty standard, especially with the heat. Looking forward to get back to this area to finish these trails.
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Apr 23 2016
The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Hawksnest - High Desert Loop, AZ 
Hawksnest - High Desert Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking17.35 Miles 794 AEG
Hiking17.35 Miles   5 Hrs   49 Mns   3.11 mph
794 ft AEG      14 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Stayed local and tried the northern part of the park. Saw no hikers, but plenty of bikers. Winds kept it cool.
The Saguaros, Cholla and Prickly Pear are a week from bursting open. Select ones were open today.
Special treat was to watch a pappa Hawk feeding it's young.
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average hiking speed 2.56 mph
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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