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Black Hill Trail - MSPN - 7 members in 52 triplogs have rated this an average 2.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 21 2019
RowdyandMe
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65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Whiskey Bottle Loop - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2019
RowdyandMe
Hiking5.03 Miles 820 AEG
Hiking5.03 Miles   2 Hrs   19 Mns   2.69 mph
820 ft AEG      27 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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The best part of this hike today was just checking out the new remodeled trailhead.
It is set up for water in the future.
Restrooms are a big plus.
The last time I hiked from here there were a couple of outhouses and a dirt parking lot.
Now it's a new experience and a great one.
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Tom's Thumb
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Rowdy and Widowmaker
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Apr 12 2019
RowdyandMe
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 Guides 6
 Routes 358
 Photos 14,485
 Triplogs 1,632

65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Balanced Rock Loop, AZ 
Balanced Rock Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2019
RowdyandMe
Hiking9.62 Miles 1,885 AEG
Hiking9.62 Miles   4 Hrs   27 Mns   2.58 mph
1,885 ft AEG      43 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
Culture
Culture
Cag Shot
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Named place
Brown's Mountain - Scottsdale MSP
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Stratus Cloud
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Rowdy and Widowmaker
Oct 28 2018
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
 Photos 2,166
 Triplogs 1,074

62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
136th Street Express Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2018
mazatzal
Hiking5.00 Miles 310 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
310 ft AEG
 
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1st trip
Granite Mtn TH :next: 136th :next: no name #1 :next: no name #2 :next: Dixeleta :next: no name #3 :next: :next: Morning Vist :next: Black Hill :next: Turpentine
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Oct 14 2018
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
 Photos 2,166
 Triplogs 1,074

62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Whiskey Bottle Loop - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2018
mazatzal
Hiking6.10 Miles 470 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles   3 Hrs      2.22 mph
470 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
136th St :next: Morning Vista :next: Black Hill :next: Turpentine :next: Whiskey Bottle
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Mar 17 2018
RowdyandMe
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 Guides 6
 Routes 358
 Photos 14,485
 Triplogs 1,632

65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Whiskey Bottle Loop - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2018
RowdyandMe
Hiking7.05 Miles 301 AEG
Hiking7.05 Miles   3 Hrs   17 Mns   2.47 mph
301 ft AEG      26 Mns Break7 LBS Pack
 
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Rowdy and Widowmaker
Mar 08 2018
FLYING_FLIVER
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 Routes 186
 Photos 8,027
 Triplogs 213

male
 Joined Jan 28 2010
 Fountain Hills,
Little Granite Mountain - McDowellsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2018
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking10.20 Miles 587 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   3 Hrs   59 Mns   3.15 mph
587 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
A friend of mine from the Air Force is in town and wanted to hike, so off we went to Fraesfield Trailhead in the McDowells North Preserve.
We combined four trails to make a lasso loop.

I was tempted to name this hike “Fish …. With A Rope On His Tail-Fin”.
That’s what the GPS track looks like. :)

The hike was all on trails and reminded me, again, how fast one can move, along a well groomed preserve trail. None of this ‘avoiding sharp things’, ‘climbing over things’, or ‘stopping every fifty feet’ to see where you should step next.

We saw alot of bikers and hikers.
My hike-mate and I laughed at 3 couples hiking together. The gals were bunched together and having a great time, and the three ‘straggling guys' had the “longest faces and frowns” you can imagine.
I think they wanted to be Anywhere except on a hike.

Anyway, it was a nice hike, on a nice day, with an old friend that wanted some exercise.
Good times.
Flora
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Saguaro
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Nov 12 2017
KBKB
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 Guides 3
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 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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Jul 30 2017
Booneman
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38 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Black Hill Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jul 30 2017
Booneman
Run/Jog12.00 Miles 532 AEG
Run/Jog12.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   8.00 mph
532 ft AEG
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1st trip
Big lasso loop from Fraesfield trailhead, starting on the Black Hill trail.
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May 10 2017
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
 Photos 2,166
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62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Black Hill Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 10 2017
mazatzal
Hiking3.50 Miles 330 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   2.63 mph
330 ft AEG
 
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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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Mar 12 2017
mazatzal
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 Photos 2,166
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62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Whiskey Bottle Loop - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2017
mazatzal
Hiking4.80 Miles 279 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.22 mph
279 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
Black Hill :next: Turpentine :next: Whiskey Bottle
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Mar 07 2017
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
 Photos 2,166
 Triplogs 1,074

62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Black Hill Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2017
mazatzal
Hiking3.50 Miles 330 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   2.63 mph
330 ft AEG
 
no photosets
Short loop in MSPN
Black Hill - ServRd#4 - Dix - Black Hill - Morn Vista - 136th - Monument
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Feb 16 2017
RowdyandMe
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 Photos 14,485
 Triplogs 1,632

65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Whiskey Bottle Loop - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2017
RowdyandMe
Hiking9.39 Miles 561 AEG
Hiking9.39 Miles   4 Hrs   31 Mns   2.26 mph
561 ft AEG      22 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Jan 29 2017
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
 Photos 2,166
 Triplogs 1,074

62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
McDowell Preserve North, AZ 
McDowell Preserve North, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2017
mazatzal
Hiking11.00 Miles 1,080 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   4 Hrs   55 Mns   2.44 mph
1,080 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
We were short on time today due to other commitments so we did a loop in MSPN :lol:
Whiskey Bottle - Latino - 118th St - Vaquero - Maverick - Watershed - Cholla Mtn Loop - Chuck aagon - Powerline - Yucca - Dixeleta - Service Rd #4 - Black Hill
Saw 4 deer :)
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Mule Deer
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Jan 09 2017
FLYING_FLIVER
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 Routes 186
 Photos 8,027
 Triplogs 213

male
 Joined Jan 28 2010
 Fountain Hills,
Granite Mountain Loop - McDowells, AZ 
Granite Mountain Loop - McDowells, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2017
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking6.28 Miles 450 AEG
Hiking6.28 Miles   2 Hrs   41 Mns   2.38 mph
450 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
1st trip
A friend is in town for January and he needs some exercise, so off to the Scottsdale Preserve we go.
We started at the Granite Mtn TH and did four trails. Very few hikers were on the trails this morning. Maybe the forecast of rain kept them away.

Anyway, Mike got his exercise and now he wants to do a few more trail hikes.
I’ll have to fit his trail hikes in with my off-trail stuff. Sounds like a busy month.

I just noticed - My hike track looks like a fish.
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Granite Mountain - MSP
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Aug 04 2016
Booneman
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 Guides 9
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 Photos 728
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38 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Latigo Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Aug 04 2016
Booneman
Run/Jog10.00 Miles 430 AEG
Run/Jog10.00 Miles   1 Hour   16 Mns   7.89 mph
430 ft AEG
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I had a feeling I might see some activity on the trails after the storms, and sure enough there was a nice sized diamondback crossing the Turpentine Trail
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Apr 29 2016
RowdyandMe
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65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Whiskey Bootle Loop via Browns Ranch TH, AZ 
Whiskey Bootle Loop via Browns Ranch TH, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 29 2016
RowdyandMe
Hiking9.53 Miles 565 AEG
Hiking9.53 Miles   4 Hrs   21 Mns   2.37 mph
565 ft AEG      20 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Well another nice morning for a hike to bad I forgot my camera. I am not a phone camera guy but I do enjoy other peoples selfies with Rattlesnakes and Gila Monster even an occasional Mountain Lion.
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Feb 05 2016
Crzy4AZ
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46 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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Jan 03 2016
mazatzal
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62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
McDowell Preserve Central & Northern Loops, AZ 
McDowell Preserve Central & Northern Loops, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 03 2016
mazatzal
Hiking12.60 Miles 820 AEG
Hiking12.60 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   3.29 mph
820 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Another couple of loops in MSPC and MSPN. Started from Fraesfiled TH and did a loop in central area and then a loop in the northern area. Saw a dead coyote :( It was near a road so I guess it was perhaps hit by a vehicle and then moved off to the side near the trail.
Central area was pretty quiet with 2 hikers and 2 bikers. The north was busier with 7 hikers and 15 bikers.

Gooseneck-Saguaro Nest-SrvRd#1-SrvRd#2-Redbird-Gooseneck-Monument-Morning Vista-Black Hill-Dixeleta-Whiskey Bottle
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Nov 28 2015
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
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62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Whiskey Bottle Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 28 2015
mazatzal
Hiking3.20 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   2.74 mph
300 ft AEG
 
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
Short loop with out of town visitor :)
Fraesfield :next: Whiskey Bottle :next: Dixileta :next: Black Hill
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Oct 25 2015
Booneman
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38 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Latigo Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Oct 25 2015
Booneman
Run/Jog14.00 Miles 576 AEG
Run/Jog14.00 Miles   1 Hour   47 Mns   7.85 mph
576 ft AEG
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Ran another big loop in the Northern section of the preserve. The Latigo trail is pretty nice, definitely worth checking out if you're going to start from Brown's Ranch.
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