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Desert Park Trail - MSP - 14 members in 70 triplogs have rated this an average 2.1 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 11 2019
BiFrost
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 Guides 4
 Routes 338
 Photos 6,903
 Triplogs 803

49 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Windgate Bell LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 11 2019
BiFrost
Hiking11.50 Miles 2,526 AEG
Hiking11.50 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   2.71 mph
2,526 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
We did Windgate Pass Loop a little different than normal starting from the Legacy parking lot instead of Gateway. Started on the Desert Park Trail to Windgate Trail and over the pass. Then around the backside over Bell Pass to Gateway Loop and down to Horseshoe Trail back to Legacy. Nice loop with cloudy and somewhat cool overcast skies.
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Feb 23 2019
tibber
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 Guides 21
 Routes 576
 Photos 25,752
 Triplogs 845

64 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Gateway hike - snow day, AZ 
Gateway hike - snow day, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2019
tibber
Hiking3.54 Miles 452 AEG
Hiking3.54 Miles   3 Hrs      1.85 mph
452 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break
 no routes
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Sadly I've got stuff going on so I just can't get out there for a lengthy hike to get pictures. Friday I took my camera to work and got some pictures driving in and from the office. I had hoped to go up to North Carefree after work but it was just starting to pour again. All day at my office I can see the McDowells and the clouds would come all the way down to the foothills and up a few times. After work they almost lifted up completely before coming back down again but I was able to snap some pics of Tom's Thumb and some of the McDowells before driving home with an ominous sky in front of me.

Snow Day. Well I knew I wanted to hike in the McDowells but the particular area was closed so plan B would be the Gateway Trail. On the 101, ALL of the high country to the north (the Mesas) were completely covered in snow. There was one long line of snow from New River Mesa to the Tonto Foothills. It was impressive! After I had my hair done, I headed north with the throngs of other vehicles. Many would stop along Pima even before hitting Cave Creek Road. Once I started heading west and starting driving up a tad in elevation, well there were vehicles stopped everywhere. I tried to film the drive but when you're keeping your eye on the road, you miss a little of the sites. There was snow on all the roofs and the further I drove the deeper it got. "Where am I?" was definitely the theme these last two days.

I pulled over just south of the Raven's View and squeezed Tonto Jr off the road near a high point as my goal was the Mazzies. The snow was quite deep on the golf course as it was all the way to the Mazzies and Superstitions and McDowells. There wasn't much clear shoulder to walk on so I was in the snow quite a bit. I had my hiking boots on so I was good. I tried to find the best photo ops incorporating the scene in front of me and in the distance. Not sure how far I walked but it was until my views weren't that great anymore and I turned and headed back. It was so bright it was even hard looking through my view finder.

I had to walk through some deeper snow alongside the road this time as the traffic was too much to risk getting too close to the road. Humboldt Mountain and the Tonto Foothills and homes were deep in snow. I finally got back to Tonto Jr and we headed south. I found one more place for a quick pullover to get some more pictures looking west and north. Can you imagine what it was like when these folks woke up to see this winter wonderland? :o People were having a great time and though I don't like being around that many people, who could blame them. It was fun to see their smiles; heck I was even grinning ear to ear at all the snow-bathed beauty.

Oh ya, the hike. I finally made it down to the Gateway TH. It was very crowded. I decided to head north on the Desert Park Trail as I had not been on it before and it would hopefully provide the angle I wanted to get my photos. Next I intersected with the Horseshoe Trail, another new trail for me before arriving at the Gateway Loop Trail. I had already encountered a dozen people. Little did I know, this was just the beginning.

I headed south and then east as far as I could to get my shot of snow-capped Thompson Peak with the saguaros in the foreground. But first, I had to get through all these people. I seemed to be heading the wrong way. I felt bad for one older lady that was struggling down this side of the trail. She still had another mile. I don't think the younger folks with her bothered to check the mileage. As continued throngs of people kept coming toward me I forged on. I finally got to the section where I could get my pictures and turn around. At least now I would be going with the flow as I encountered fewer people.

Once back at the bottom toward the TH the throngs seem to re-group or something. It just never stopped the entire way. And now, I hoped to miss the traffic from the Arabian Horse Show as it was later in the afternoon and I did.

The day before slideshow: [ youtube video ]
Snowday :D :
The Drive: [ youtube video ]
The snow with views: [ youtube video ]
The hike: [ youtube video ]
Named place
Named place
Saddle Mountain
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
a few poppies, closed
some Scorpionweed,
some lupine,
one new plant I can't ID
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
Oct 29 2018
RowdyandMe
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 Guides 6
 Routes 358
 Photos 14,485
 Triplogs 1,630

65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Gateway Loop Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2018
RowdyandMe
Hiking12.64 Miles 2,299 AEG
Hiking12.64 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   2.37 mph
2,299 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
Partners none no partners
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
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Rowdy and Widowmaker
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Oct 13 2018
The_Eagle
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 Guides 5
 Routes 792
 Photos 9,159
 Triplogs 1,080

63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
McD lil' Loop, AZ 
McD lil' Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 13 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking6.44 Miles 964 AEG
Hiking6.44 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   3.09 mph
964 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
A little walk to enjoy the petrichor and splash on the trails.
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There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
Dave Barry
Jul 22 2018
Thoreau
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 Routes 10
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 656

male
 Joined Mar 10 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Desert Park Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jul 22 2018
Thoreau
Mtn Biking5.62 Miles 630 AEG
Mtn Biking5.62 Miles      53 Mns   6.36 mph
630 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
windgate loop
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Jul 05 2018
Thoreau
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 Routes 10
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 656

male
 Joined Mar 10 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Desert Park Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jul 05 2018
Thoreau
Mtn Biking5.51 Miles 666 AEG
Mtn Biking5.51 Miles      52 Mns   6.36 mph
666 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
desert park, windgate, gateway
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Apr 04 2018
mt98dew
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 Guides 16
 Routes 19
 Photos 398
 Triplogs 1,454

50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Desert Park Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Apr 04 2018
mt98dew
Run/Jog6.69 Miles 605 AEG
Run/Jog6.69 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   4.36 mph
605 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
After work jog in the McDowells. It's been a while since I visited these trails. Went in on the Desert Park Trail, then took the Windgate down to the Gateway Loop, where I opted to go left up and around the peak. Saw 1 biker on the Desert Park and about 15 on the Gateway. Weather was nice, though the high clouds that were there at the start disappeared towards the end making it a little warm. Wildlife included a coyote, squirrel and a handful of lizards.
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Mar 08 2018
RowdyandMe
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 Guides 6
 Routes 358
 Photos 14,485
 Triplogs 1,630

65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Lookout Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2018
RowdyandMe
Hiking12.75 Miles 3,006 AEG
Hiking12.75 Miles   7 Hrs   43 Mns   2.00 mph
3,006 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
New boots and new camera.
Named place
Named place
Tom's Thumb
Meteorology
Meteorology
Sunset
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Rowdy and Widowmaker
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Jan 23 2018
RowdyandMe
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 Guides 6
 Routes 358
 Photos 14,485
 Triplogs 1,630

65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2018
RowdyandMe
Hiking13.59 Miles 3,534 AEG
Hiking13.59 Miles   7 Hrs   18 Mns   2.01 mph
3,534 ft AEG      32 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
Culture
Culture
Cag Shot HAZ Decal
Named place
Named place
Tom's Thumb Weavers Needle

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Mountain Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
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Rowdy and Widowmaker
Jan 17 2018
RowdyandMe
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 Guides 6
 Routes 358
 Photos 14,485
 Triplogs 1,630

65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Desert Park Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2018
RowdyandMe
Hiking5.85 Miles 720 AEG
Hiking5.85 Miles   2 Hrs   48 Mns   2.32 mph
720 ft AEG      17 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Fauna
Fauna
Phainopepla
Named place
Named place
Pinnacle Peak Tom's Thumb
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Rowdy and Widowmaker
Jan 02 2018
fricknaley
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 Guides 93
 Routes 383
 Photos 3,724
 Triplogs 2,762

44 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Gateway Loop Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jan 02 2018
fricknaley
Run/Jog16.70 Miles 2,106 AEG
Run/Jog16.70 Miles   3 Hrs   13 Mns   5.51 mph
2,106 ft AEG      11 Mns Break1 LBS Pack
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
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before we drove back to tucson. michelle and sierra hiked Gateway Loop-desert park loop and i ran it three times. nice trails. crowded but not crazy. pretty fancy TH :lol:
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Oct 14 2017
jochal
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 Guides 2
 Routes 22
 Photos 1,878
 Triplogs 482

35 male
 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Desert Park Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2017
jochal
Hiking5.93 Miles 654 AEG
Hiking5.93 Miles
654 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked linked
Partners none no partners
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Sep 30 2017
The_Eagle
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 Guides 5
 Routes 792
 Photos 9,159
 Triplogs 1,080

63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
McDowell Balloon, AZ 
McDowell Balloon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2017
The_Eagle
Hiking12.20 Miles 2,631 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   5 Hrs      2.57 mph
2,631 ft AEG      15 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Needed to stay in town. This is my go to area for in town, time crunched hikes.
Temps were nice to begin and a bit warm at the end for this cowboy.
Breezes kept it decent most of the day.

All the beautiful people were out today.
Saw a young couple with 2 toddlers in baby backpacks in 100 degree temps, 3 miles from the TH going up as I was going down.
Not sure how smart that was. But didn't see them on the news last night.

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Ole Reliable
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There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
Dave Barry
Sep 24 2017
paulshikleejr
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 Guides 20
 Routes 77
 Photos 542
 Triplogs 405

54 male
 Joined Feb 02 2010
 Scottsdale, AZ
Gateway Access Trail Head Meanderings, AZ 
Gateway Access Trail Head Meanderings, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2017
paulshikleejr
Hiking3.34 Miles 246 AEG
Hiking3.34 Miles   1 Hour   31 Mns   2.51 mph
246 ft AEG      11 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Great Sunday morning hike with Rob. We wandered around the Gateway Access Trail Head area for about an hour and a half.
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That being said, anything worth doing is worth doing to excess.
Apr 30 2017
DarthStiller
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 Guides 15
 Routes 234
 Photos 6,048
 Triplogs 438

50 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Desert Park Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 30 2017
DarthStiller
Hiking6.10 Miles 763 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   2.13 mph
763 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
With a one more week reprieve from the really hot weather, I took advantage and took the wife and kids out for yet another hike. This will likely be the last one they'll do until after the summer, so it was nice to take advantage of the mild and clear weather. The last two times we went out to Lost Dutchman State Park, so in order to avoid burnout with that area, we headed up to the Scottsdale MSP to hike some trails I never did. The Desert Park trail was one I kind of avoided since it seemed to go thru a neighborhood. It kind of skirts a neighborhood, and some housing is in the process of still being built, but it's not that bad.

We took the Desert Park Trail to its terminus, then made a loop by taking the Windgate Pass, Gateway Loop, and Horseshoe Trails back to the car. Along the Desert Park Trail, we saw almost no one. Once back in the preserve and on the Windgate Pass Trail, it was an ant trail. Lots of hikers and trail runners. Nothing real bad though.

it seemed kind of warm to start, but never really got any hotter. In fact, it seemed almost cooler at times along the saddles with the breezes. This turned out to be a really nice hike for the family, glad I saved it. Had lunch afterwards at Sweet Tomatoes in Scottsdale, trying to keep it a little healthy.
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Feb 28 2017
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
 Photos 2,166
 Triplogs 1,074

62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
MSP (south) loop, AZ 
MSP (south) loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 28 2017
mazatzal
Hiking3.50 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.47 mph
400 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Took out of town visitor on a short loop at Gateway TH:
Desert Park - Horseshoe - Gateway loop - Saguaro loop - Crossover - Levee - 104 St - Equestrian
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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Feb 26 2017
syoung
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 Guides 6
 Routes 23
 Photos 1,125
 Triplogs 593

40 male
 Joined May 23 2012
 Mesa, AZ
Micky D Loop, AZ 
Micky D Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2017
syoung
Hiking14.02 Miles 3,153 AEG
Hiking14.02 Miles   3 Hrs   48 Mns   3.69 mph
3,153 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Decided to head to a place I haven't been before. The journey up Tom's Thumb North was pretty amazing. It reminded me a lot of the Alabama Foothills out by Whitney.

Lost the trail a bit at the East End intersection. Seems ridiculous but I was just enjoying the views and not paying much attention to where I was going. All of a sudden, there is no more trail and I am staring down a cliff at where the trail actually is.

While on the climb up Tom's Thumb North I had to make a nature pit stop. As I was taking care of business I heard a buzzing sound to my side, I turned and saw a hummingbird looking for food in the bush I was at. The next instant the bird is buzzing at my business end examining where all this liquid is coming from. I jumped back as I started laughing. I did not ever expect something like that to happen.
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Feb 20 2017
vandre
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 Photos 2
 Triplogs 2

47 male
 Joined Feb 19 2017
 Scottsdale
Desert Park Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2017
vandre
Hiking3.14 Miles 605 AEG
Hiking3.14 Miles
605 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I just did this trail today with two of my kids (11 and 9). We started out at the Bell and 104th trailhead, hiked up and around part of the gateway trail and then up to Inspiration Point for lunch. We decided to try the Desert Park Trail on our way back to the car. The hike itself is not strenuous, but we didn't have any sort of GPS or anything and before we knew it we were lost among the zillion dollar mansions of Silverleaf and couldn't find our way out. We ended the day asking a helpful golf guy for a ride to the exit and walking down Thompson peak back to the car. I definitely won't repeat this trail, there are too many other places to hike to get lost like that! ](*,)
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Dec 26 2016
The_Eagle
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 Guides 5
 Routes 792
 Photos 9,159
 Triplogs 1,080

63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Micky D Loop, AZ 
Micky D Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking13.54 Miles 3,157 AEG
Hiking13.54 Miles   5 Hrs   17 Mns   2.60 mph
3,157 ft AEG      5 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Went looking for Richard @McDowellMan. He was nowhere to be found
@mazatzal

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Mountain Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
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There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
Dave Barry
Sep 27 2016
New2hyk
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 Photos 5,652
 Triplogs 236

53 female
 Joined Jan 04 2012
 scottsdale, AZ
Gateway Loop Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2016
New2hyk
Hiking2.00 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
100 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked linked
Partners none no partners
Did a bird hike with Walter and Marianne. I was really looking forward to this hike since Walter is our bird expert and I have not hiked with him before. I made a wish the night before to see a cool bird. :) . We did :y: . I spotted a long eared owl :y: :y: my first and I think first in the preserve too :y: . Managed to photograph green tailed towhee again :) . Saw a sage thrasher too. It started to rain as we neared the gym. We took a short break there comparing great horned owl to long eared. Rain didn't stop so we walked back to TH instead of finishing the loop. Awesome experience. Learned a lot about birds from Walter. :y:
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