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136th Street Express Trail - MSPN - 11 members in 113 triplogs have rated this an average 2.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 17 2016
Crzy4AZ
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 Guides 31
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 Photos 2,637
 Triplogs 600

47 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Dove Valley Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2016
Crzy4AZ
Hiking6.01 Miles 144 AEG
Hiking6.01 Miles   2 Hrs      3.43 mph
144 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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I wasn't feeling super great - but Brad had taken day off work - and I will be damned if we waste a day off and not get a hike in. So parked at Granite Mountain TH and took Uber $17 up to Stagecoach Road. Hiked from Tonto step over alllllllll the way down Dove Valley to 136th Street Express - and then to car.

Nice day for a hike - didn't take many pics. Dragged a saguaro cactus arm out of the way and sent pics of remaining pieces to the Conservnacy's C&M team to go move the rest. Paul S. was out there the next day moving it!
Named place
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Granite Mountain - MSP
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Feb 24 2016
Sun_Ray
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 Routes 7
 Photos 911
 Triplogs 1,098

72 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Old Paint Wash - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2016
Sun_Ray
Hiking5.24 Miles 335 AEG
Hiking5.24 Miles   2 Hrs   24 Mns   2.18 mph
335 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
I did it! Completed all the trails added to the Northern Section Map in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve dated August 2015. These are the trails that are North of Brown's, Cholla and Granite Mountains. They total about 30 miles, but that's not the point as you need to hike many miles just to get to them. Pretty sure Crzy4AZ has completed them also but is behind on her trip logs. That means HAZ'ers are 2 of the 4 hikers to complete ALL the trails in the preserve. I also think we are the only ones that hiked them all versus others who used their mountain bike on many of the trails.
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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday......there is no SOMEDAY!
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Feb 14 2016
Booneman
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 Guides 9
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 Photos 736
 Triplogs 3,419

40 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Coyote Canyon Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Feb 14 2016
Booneman
Run/Jog18.50 Miles 881 AEG
Run/Jog18.50 Miles   2 Hrs   21 Mns   7.87 mph
881 ft AEG
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1st trip
Another great loop run in the MSPN, this time starting from Fraesfield.
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Feb 07 2016
Crzy4AZ
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47 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Barb's Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2016
Crzy4AZ
Hiking7.00 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   2.47 mph
250 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Wanted to get back to Renegade trail (did not know name at the time - and won't be on maps until fall 2016).

Barb's :next: Dove Valley :next: Renegade :next: Soapberry Wash (Michelin man cactus) :next: Coyote Canyon :next: Dove Valley :next: High Desert :next: Hawknest :next: 136th St Express back to Barb's intersection.

Cold. Sunrise. Light incredible up on hill of Renegade.
Flora
Flora
Saguaro - Crested
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Feb 05 2016
Crzy4AZ
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 Guides 31
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 Photos 2,637
 Triplogs 600

47 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Black Hill Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2016
Crzy4AZ
Hiking2.80 Miles 135 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles
135 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Dropped kids at school - had few friends over for breakfast/tea - then drove to Fraesfield TH around lunch for a short hike.

Black Hill going southeast :next: 136th Street Express :next: Morning Vista :next: back to TH via Black Hill. Grass is very thick green in the shade. I like 136th St Express trail in this section.
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Feb 04 2016
AZWanderingBear
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 Guides 27
 Routes 61
 Photos 2,620
 Triplogs 700

64 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Gamboling Around Granite, AZ 
Gamboling Around Granite, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 04 2016
AZWanderingBear
Hiking8.20 Miles 642 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   2 Hrs   54 Mns   2.96 mph
642 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
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1st trip
Very nice day for a hike, but we wanted something interesting but not too demanding. The area around Granite Mountain sounded just right. Used a bunch of trails to construct and easy 8ish mile route. A few folks on the trails, mostly close to the trailhead. Enjoyed all the granite outcroppings and Coyote Canyon was a nice surprise.
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Feb 04 2016
AZBeaver
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 Photos 326
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66 female
 Joined Jan 04 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Dancing in Granite, AZ 
Dancing in Granite, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 04 2016
AZBeaver
Hiking8.20 Miles 642 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   2 Hrs   54 Mns   2.96 mph
642 ft AEG      8 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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1st trip
This is a perfect set of trails to take out-of-state visitors. Lots of beautiful granite boulders, desert views in every direction, easy, smooth trails. We did this back in December in the rain and it was really "mistical" with the clouds billowing below the hills. Love doing it today on a beautiful sunny day. Weather was perfect.
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Jan 29 2016
Crzy4AZ
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 Guides 31
 Routes 96
 Photos 2,637
 Triplogs 600

47 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Hawknest Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2016
Crzy4AZ
Hiking7.00 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
400 ft AEG
 
I can't link all the trails now b/c they don't exist yet but will by Fall 2016. They were finished but not open yet when I hiked them.
Hawknest :next: High Desert :next: Renegade :next: Dove Valley :next: Barb's :next: 136th St Express.

Renegade is absolutely gorgeous. Little hill sharp turns - panoramic views.
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Jan 24 2016
Booneman
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 Guides 9
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 Photos 736
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40 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Brown's Ranch Road Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jan 24 2016
Booneman
Run/Jog17.15 Miles 744 AEG
Run/Jog17.15 Miles   2 Hrs   1 Min   8.50 mph
744 ft AEG
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1st trip
I took Will and Peter on a giant loop of the Northern portion of the Sonoran Preserve. We hammered the trails and finished right on target (17 miles in 2 hours). Honestly, it didn't feel that fast as the scenery and smooth trails take your mind off the effort. Everyone from the Northwest loves the trails out here.
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Jan 22 2016
Crzy4AZ
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 Guides 31
 Routes 96
 Photos 2,637
 Triplogs 600

47 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Hawknest Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2016
Crzy4AZ
Hiking1.20 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking1.20 Miles   1 Hour      1.20 mph
100 ft AEG
 
Partners none no partners
Friday kids in school. Takes me about 40 minutes to get from school up to Tonto parking lot. At the first turn on Hawknest - got a call from school that Caroline had sore throat and felt warm. :doh: Tried to bargain with them but they made me come get her. So back to car and back to school. Only time that has ever happened in three years at school.
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Wildflowers Observation None
neon green grass but no flowers
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Jan 21 2016
LindaAnn
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 Guides 44
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 Photos 3,692
 Triplogs 1,235

40 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Bootlegger Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2016
LindaAnn
Hiking9.47 Miles 555 AEG
Hiking9.47 Miles   3 Hrs   51 Mns   2.63 mph
555 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Met Larry for a hike this morning, he suggested Granite Mtn, which was fine with me since my kids had a long day at school today. We met at the trailhead at about 9:30, and got started. We made a wide loop around Granite Mtn on the trails listed above. The scenery was beautiful, and it was a very nice day to be outside.
Flora
Flora
Saguaro - Crested
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Jan 18 2016
Crzy4AZ
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47 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Coyote Canyon Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2016
Crzy4AZ
Hiking5.90 Miles 239 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   1 Hour   48 Mns   3.28 mph
239 ft AEG
 
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1st trip
This is my favorite new loop in the MSP-supernorth. Park at very top of 136th Street in Tonto National Forest parking lot. It is very bumpy road and deep ruts last 0.1 mile. Take street or social trail from Tonto to where 136th St Express trail officially starts at Montello Rd. Stay on 136th St Express and then take Barb's west past the big loop-de-loop circular area (where jeeps used to make circles) - then Dove Valley trail briefly to the southeast until you hit Soapberry Wash trail. Then go right/west on Soapberry wash through beautiful granite formations (was frozen water this day) - where trail takes sharp turn (will be renamed Desperado trail in Fall 2016) - follow trail up the little hill and look for the Michelin Man cactus. At junction with Coyote Canyon trail (CC1 - and the Double Crested Saguaro) - take CC down into the little canyon and loop back at junction with Dove Valley. You can hit up the ceremonial cupules off Dove Valley if you know where they are. Perfect distance for little day hike. Hits major scenery. Have done the loop many times - never disappoints. Rare to see people but occasionally a biker will zoom by.
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Jan 14 2016
Crzy4AZ
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 Guides 31
 Routes 96
 Photos 2,637
 Triplogs 600

47 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Soapberry Wash Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2016
Crzy4AZ
Hiking5.90 Miles 230 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   2 Hrs      3.37 mph
230 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
Parked Tonto. 136th :next: Barbs :next: DV :next: Soapberry :next: CC and back.
Saw 5 deer. Hunters still have permits for a little longer. I see them parking at intersection of 136th St and Hawknest on the east side of the road.
I took a zillion pics of the Michelin Man cactus today to help people see where he is off Soapberry Wash.
Thursday hike - kids in school. Perfect distance for me to squeeze in beautiful hike during school hours.
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Jan 01 2016
mazatzal
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 Routes 33
 Photos 2,277
 Triplogs 1,131

63 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
McDowell Preserve Phase 2C Loop, AZ 
McDowell Preserve Phase 2C Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 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
 
Another loop in MSPN far north area. Started from Tonto NF. First time on Old Camp Trail. Saw an owl but too quick for picture.
Pretty quiet today :o 2 hikers, 4 bikers and 1 equestrian.
(I'll add some links later :roll: )
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Dec 31 2015
Oregon_Hiker
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 Guides 9
 Routes 384
 Photos 6,790
 Triplogs 502

74 male
 Joined Dec 07 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Bootlegger Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2015
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking4.40 Miles 252 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   1 Hour   48 Mns   2.44 mph
252 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
 
Partners none no partners
Mrs OH was feeling the Holiday bulge so wanted to get some exercise. It's a rare occasion when she goes on a hike with me. She doesn't care for my usual off trail explorations so took her on a hike on the well groomed trails in the MSPN. We did a loop hike starting from the Granite Mtn TH on the Bootlegger Trail then looping back via the Cow Poke Trail and the 136th St Express Trail.
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Dec 30 2015
mazatzal
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 Routes 33
 Photos 2,277
 Triplogs 1,131

63 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Fraesfield Mountain, AZ 
Fraesfield Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2015
mazatzal
Hiking7.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   2.63 mph
800 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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1st trip
Went up Fraesfield Mtn. I saw the rods pounded into the ground, the wood & wire and the blaze material all of which FF found on his trip. Like FF I looked around for BM but no luck.

After Fraesfield I took Whiskey Bottle, Turpentine, 136th and Monument back.
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Dec 28 2015
Crzy4AZ
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47 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
High Desert Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2015
Crzy4AZ
Hiking12.38 Miles 588 AEG
Hiking12.38 Miles   4 Hrs   18 Mns   3.19 mph
588 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Beautiful day for a long hike. Not as cold as last week and was sunny. Parked at the top of 136th Street in the Tonto National Forest parking area. Climbed over fence and took social trail to 136th Street Express :next: Hawknest :next: Broken Spoke :next: High Desert :next: Dove Valley :next: Barb's :next: 136th Street.

First time ever on High Desert - beautiful! Some of the perpendicular trails in the middle of 2C are still under construction and are going to be nice once completed in a couple months. Some go right up and over granite formations for good views. Looks like will be a better connection to Soapberry Wash trail too. Can't wait for wildflower season out there after it's all done.

Saw a dozen or so mtn bikers. Had lunch at Broken Spoke - left over filet mignon and homemade biscuits. Was thinking about post-hike hot tub dip all day - but something's messed up with the heater - total buzz kill. #momProblems
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Saguaro
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Dec 13 2015
mazatzal
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 Photos 2,277
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63 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
McDowell Preserve Phase 2C Loop, AZ 
McDowell Preserve Phase 2C Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2015
mazatzal
Hiking9.90 Miles 840 AEG
Hiking9.90 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.38 mph
840 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
We parked near the NE corner of the McDowell Preserve just over the boundary into the Tonto NF. We took a couple of old trails west for a mile+ and then turned south and intersected Hawknest trail from there we made a loop in the preserve.

TNF trail :next: Hawknest :next: The Divide :next: Branding Iron :next: Granite Mtn loop :next: Coyote Canyon :next: Soapberry Wash :next: Dove Valley :next: Barb’s :next: 136th St Express :next: TNF.

The views of the mountains to the east were very nice ;)

Saw quite a few mtn bikers especially as we got further south, 3 equestrians, 1 hiker and 1 steward (Bob).
Didn’t see anyone in the first 2 miles or the last 3 miles..
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Nov 11 2015
Sun_Ray
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 Routes 7
 Photos 911
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72 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Hawknest Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2015
Sun_Ray
Hiking5.20 Miles 316 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   1 Hour   47 Mns   2.92 mph
316 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
Parked on 136th Street .1 of a mile past Montello on Tonto NF land. Hiked 136th st to Hawknest for one hour and turned around. With Judy and the two dogs.
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Brian
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday......there is no SOMEDAY!
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Oct 04 2015
Booneman
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 Guides 9
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 Photos 736
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40 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Whiskey Bottle Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Oct 04 2015
Booneman
Run/Jog13.00 Miles 568 AEG
Run/Jog13.00 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   7.65 mph
568 ft AEG
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1st trip
After waiting out the rain, I created an impromptu loop through the Northern section of the preserve. I started from Fraesfield and headed out on Whiskey Bottle towards Cholla Mountain. I ran around the upper portion of both Cholla and Granite to the 136th ST Express Trail all the way back to Fraesfield. Awesome loop!
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