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New River Road to I-17 - Maricopa Trail - 4 members in 9 triplogs have rated this an average 2.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Feb 04 2017
The_Eagle
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 Guides 5
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Elephant Mountain and Circumference, AZ 
Elephant Mountain and Circumference, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 04 2017
The_Eagle
Hiking12.74 Miles 2,602 AEG
Hiking12.74 Miles   5 Hrs   56 Mns   2.27 mph
2,602 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I was on another timetable for this Saturday.

I had been curious about some of this area so time to scratch some itches.

Itch List

Circumference Of Elephant Mountain - Scratched.
The western side is nothing exciting, and if you don't have a State Trust Land Permit, ya may want to stay away.
It appears it gets a bunch of traffic, but I saw not a sole.

There was about a 2 mile section of trail before I turned on Elephant Mountain trail, that Aravipa Running had an event on. They were all friendly.

Elephant Mountain Summit - Scratched
There is a pretty good use trail, that turns into a game trail for the lower 2/3rds of the climb. Only one slightly tricky spot that involved contorting to miss prickly stuff while climbing.
[ youtube video ]
I practiced LNT. I left none of me on the mountain, and did my best to take none of the prickly mountain stuff back with me.
It was a challenge thought scooting down some of the slopes with all the dead cactus needles.

Rondo Spring - Scratched
The horseman carved rock I'd seen on previous hikes, peaked my curiosity about the spring. So I had to see it.
Anyone know the name of the portion of the trail that runs between Ringtail Spring (TR252 at Elephant Mtn) and Rondo Spring?

Something Else - Scratched
Culture
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Named place
Named place
Rondo Spring

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Rondo Spring Dripping Dripping
Trough was filled with filterable water.
Pipe was dripping. Manual Pump did not seem to be in working order
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Apr 12 2016
rcorfman
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 Guides 1
 Routes 88
 Photos 1,309
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59 male
 Joined Oct 17 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
New River Road to I-17 - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2016
rcorfman
Hiking3.91 Miles 208 AEG
Hiking3.91 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   3.13 mph
208 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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Starting at New River Rd, I headed east on the MT for about two miles finding seven newly published geocaches on the way. After that, I turned around and ran most of the way back to my truck. The trail is in good shape and it was an enjoyable early evening jaunt. Some Buckhorn Cholla were blooming, both read and yellow blossom varieties.
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Buckhorn Cholla were blooming, both read and yellow blossom varieties.
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Jan 18 2016
JasonCleghorn
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 Routes 161
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44 male
 Joined Nov 11 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Apache Peak - Cave CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2016
JasonCleghorn
Hiking6.92 Miles 1,464 AEG
Hiking6.92 Miles   2 Hrs   47 Mns   2.75 mph
1,464 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
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It's kind of embarrassing, but I pretty much turned back on this peak a few months ago. I got unnerved and worried about getting down. Not TODAY!!!

This is a good hike and climb for someone trying to get use to some scrambling at the top of a peak. The trail basically ends about 200-300 feet from the summit and the rest is a mixture of light and hand over hand scrambling.

There's an American flag and mailbox at the summit. Only saw a screeching hawk, no javelinas, no mountain lion. Signed the summit log and got down. I find if I audibly talk myself down the steep scrambling descents it helps, LOL... :D
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Jan 18 2016
toddak
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 Guides 8
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54 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
CCRP to New River Road - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2016
toddak
Hiking22.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking22.00 Miles   8 Hrs      2.75 mph
2,000 ft AEG
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1st trip
Wandered all around CCRP, then north and west over to Anthem on the well-signed MT.
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Mar 03 2013
AZWanderingBea
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 Guides 27
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63 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
New River Road to I-17 - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2013
AZWanderingBear
Hiking4.00 Miles 338 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
338 ft AEG
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Geocaching along the Maricopa trail. (Late log, just cleaning up some 2013 hikes.)
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Jan 03 2013
AZWanderingBea
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 Guides 27
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63 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
New River Road to I-17 - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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AZWanderingBear
Hiking6.50 Miles 338 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles
338 ft AEG
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Picking up some geocaches along the MT. (Late log, just cleaning up some 2013 hikes.)
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Mar 17 2012
mt98dew
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 Guides 16
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50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
New River Road to I-17 - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2012
mt98dew
Hiking15.88 Miles 338 AEG
Hiking15.88 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   4.14 mph
338 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Hiked Maricopa trail starting from Anthem TH. Not much positive to say about this trail. Started off kind of nice with the mountains to the east (the ones I was walking away from) and the trail being single trek. The trail quickly joined a dirt road that eventually found its way between two major, paved roads. I was within sight of cars and houses the whole time. The trail was not engaging and had very little elevation change. It was only after I got to the west side I-17 that I left the homes behind. And this was only because the vegatation got high enough that I couldn't see that far... the homes were still out there, just not as close. Sadly, it was near my turn around point (Pioneer Rd) that I came across a wild burro that seemed to be very sick. It was lying just off the trail breathing heavily with total disinterest with what was going on around it. I was very frustrated because I wanted to do something to try to help the burro, but I didn't know what to do. (When I got home I tried calling the BLM and Arizona Game and Fish without any success). On the return trip, I came across a coyote that probably was wishing it was somewhere else. It was at a section where the trail was sandwiched between main roads with limited foliage. The coyote was going one way and I the other. It had its head on a swivel as it eyed me on oneside and the cars on the other.

I can only think of several reasons why anyone would hike this trail: You live in the area and it provides a decent alternative to walking along the side of the road, you want to do the circuit of the Maricopa trail system (the system is not done yet; it is still an ongoing project) or you like looking at cars as you hike. I'm hopeful that the next section will improve.
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Oct 16 2011
mt98dew
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50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Carefree Hwy to Emery Henderson - BCTPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 16 2011
mt98dew
Hiking10.10 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   2 Hrs   8 Mns   4.73 mph
250 ft AEG
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Hiked from what I believe is the Emerson Trailhead. I hiked north to south. The parking facility was nice for being as far removed as it was. It would have been nice if they had posted trail maps of the surrounding areas to give bikers/hikers an idea of their choices. Luckily I had HAZ and had a pretty good idea of what to expect. The trail was as described: flat, straight and not much of a wow factor. I did get out on the trail just prior to sunrise and so was treated to a beautiful sunrise as it crested the Four Peaks. Saw several rabbits and on couple of occassions heard and in the distance saw (wild?) burros. I hiked in for about five miles to what I guess is the official beginning of the Black Canyon Trail. (I did this section backwards.) It is at this point (5 miles in) that I realized the Maricopa Trail system briefly tied in to the BCT. It looked as though the Maricopa trail continued on to the West, but I have no idea where or for how long. On my way back I discovered where the Maricopa joined the BCT (I would guess about 3.7 miles into the hike).
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May 01 2011
DarthStiller
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 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
New River Road to I-17 - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 01 2011
DarthStiller
Hiking13.30 Miles 630 AEG
Hiking13.30 Miles   5 Hrs   5 Mns   2.62 mph
630 ft AEG
 
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This was an ok hike, the trail in this section really isn't much. The best part of the hike was that I discovered two other better hikes in this area, but more on that later.

From the Anthem TH off of Desert Hills Road and 11th Ave. I headed east towards New River Road first. For the most part, the trail consists of sections of ATV roads that have been marked with Maricopa Trail markers (or just the posts). The last section parallels Linda Lane and goes behind some quirky houses and some double wides. At one point a rather large german shephard came out greet me. He wasn't too aggressive, but he seemed rather insistent on keeping up the barking and kept advancing as I kept hiking past. Eventually I heard a disembodied voice say "Git ovir heer". I was hoping that voice was directed towards the dog. It seemed as though it was as the dog soon thereafter stopped barking and backed off. I swear though, I could almost hear the faint sound of a banjo being played.

At New River Road, I discovered a new trailhead has been constructed called the Spear S Ranch Trailhead. This is great news because a better hike in this area seems to be Apache Peak, which is very accessible from this new TH. I would estimate a hike from New River Rd. to Apache Peak in the 7-8 mile range. Looking forward to doing that once the weather cools down as my next unplanned weekend to hike in AZ will be in June.

I made my way back to the Anthem TH and was soon tailed by a family of horseriders. They got closer very slowly, but never close enough for me to find it appropriate to yield the trail. They finally got off track on one of the other ATV roads and disappeared, giving me some peace and quiet again.

The trail to I-17 is very....meh. To the north is Anthem, and to the south is some new non-HOA housing. The trail basically following a strip of land the size of a highway meridian between the two developments. and there are no connected streets between them for some odd reason, which I found to be a big pain earlier in the day when I thought it would be a better idea to try to get to the TH through Anthem.

After taking the trail under I-17 over to Thompson Road, I noticed that it continues on from there, with official MT markers and all. This looks like another good hike to try sometime from Thompson Road, which at this point is a dirt road and has some parking available. I checked some maps and it looks like from I-17 out to Lake Pleasant and back should be a similar 12 mile or so distance. And west of I-17 it appears that the trail finally gets back to some more isolated desert away from housing developments, roads, and trailer parks. Looking forward to checking out these other two hikes later this year.
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