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Feb 08 2019
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Wash Day plus Marcus Landslide - MMRP/MSP, AZ 
Wash Day plus Marcus Landslide - MMRP/MSP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2019
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Hiking12.47 Miles 1,079 AEG
Hiking12.47 Miles   4 Hrs   49 Mns   3.04 mph
1,079 ft AEG      43 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Ben, Marilyn, Mike, Bob, and Cathy joined me for a twelve and a half mile hike that took us all the way out to Marcus Landslide (starting from the Trailhead Staging Area).

Some of us saw javelina (and ravens) on our drive into the park. Later, during the hike, we saw jackrabbits, coyotes, deer, and more ravens.

We saw lots of flowers too. The poppies are especially thick in the Marcus Landslide area. The closer we got to this trail, the more poppies we saw. We saw brittlebush, lupine, fiddleneck, and owl clover too. The brittlebush seems to be drying up somewhat, whereas the fiddlenecks are just starting to emerge.
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brittlebush, poppies, lupine, owl clover, fiddleneck
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Dec 14 2018
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Wash Day - MMRP, AZ 
Wash Day - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 14 2018
KBKB
Hiking11.42 Miles 814 AEG
Hiking11.42 Miles   4 Hrs   14 Mns   3.06 mph
814 ft AEG      30 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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Mike, Nick, Bob, Sara, Kay, John, and Marilyn joined me for the Friday Morning Hike in McDowell Mountain Regional Park.

We hiked Tortoise, turned right on Pemberton and then turned right into the arroyos across the trail from the pond. We made our way up to Pemberton and then entered another wash prior to hitting the Bluff Trail. We followed this wash into Stoneman Wash where we hiked NW until we reached the Bluff Trail. We returned via Bluff, Granite, and Wagner.

Kay said that she saw an owl while we were in the arroyos, but I missed it. I did see a bunch of ravens though.

I was amazed at the amount of wolfberry bushes with fruit. Some of the fruit was quite large (for wolfberries).

When we weren't in the washes, we saw a bunch of other trail users, mainly mountain bikers.
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Sep 28 2018
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Wash Day - MMRP, AZ 
Wash Day - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2018
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Hiking11.29 Miles 823 AEG
Hiking11.29 Miles   5 Hrs      2.61 mph
823 ft AEG      40 Mns Break26 LBS Pack
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Heather, Linda, and I hiked an 11+ mile loop for our Friday hike in McDowell Mountain Regional Park.

Starting at the Trailhead Staging Area, we hiked Pemberton towards the "pond". We opted to skip visiting the pond - it's little more than a muddy watering hole. We continued on in some of the arroyos which eventually feed Stoneman Wash. We eventually crossed the Tonto Tank Trail and then made our way over to the Pemberton near the Bluff Trail. We hiked a short ways down Bluff Trail Wash and then took a turn into a wash which feeds this wash. Other washes took us back towards Stoneman though along the way, we visited an area with lots of granite boulders. We did eventually end up in Stoneman Wash and hiked NW towards Granite. We hiked back via the Granite, Wagner, and Tortoise trails.

We saw two rattlesnakes, one deer, at least one rabbit, quail, and lots of butterflies. I got a photo of the first snake and I may have gotten a photo of some of the butterflies. The second snake made its way into some nearby bushes too quickly for me to get a good photo. Likewise, I found the butterflies hard to photograph.

We also encountered numerous mylar balloons - I lost count, but it was at least half a dozen. We picked them up and disposed of them at the end.

The trails that we hiked were in good condition. It was fun hiking the washes too.
Flora
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Desert Senna
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Jun 15 2018
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Wash Day - MMRP, AZ 
Wash Day - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2018
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Hiking9.72 Miles 594 AEG
Hiking9.72 Miles   3 Hrs   18 Mns   3.10 mph
594 ft AEG      10 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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Mike, Bob, Sara, and Jill joined me for a morning hike in McDowell Mountain Regional Park.

Starting from the Wagner Trailhead, we went across the main park road, then on Tortoise, and right (SW) on Pemberton. When we came to Stoneman Wash, we turned south and then took a feeder wash west crossing Pemberton. Continuing west and somewhat north we eventually came to some deep arroyos. Working our way into one of them, we headed back towards Pemberton again and briefly visited the very, very low pond. (The pipe feeding it has become disconnected again; I told Ranger Amy about it after our hike.) At that point, we made our way back to Stoneman Wash.

We could have kept going north in Stoneman Wash which would have been my preference. But one of our group had done a glute workout a few days earlier and was really feeling it after trudging through the washes for at least 5 miles. So, instead, we made things a bit easier and returned via Granite and Wagner.

We saw an owl several times while in one of the washes. Later we saw some bees. We also saw some rabbits.

It's really dry out. I hope we get some rain this weekend.
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May 11 2018
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Wash Day - MMRP, AZ 
Wash Day - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 11 2018
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Hiking6.86 Miles 417 AEG
Hiking6.86 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   3.05 mph
417 ft AEG      25 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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Another "wash day" - sort of - in McDowell Mountain Regional Park.

Ranger Amy rode her bike with us for part of our hike, so I opted to stay on hard packed trails for the initial part of the hike. Starting from Wagner TH, we crossed the street and hiked Tortoise to Pemberton, turned right and followed Pemberton to the pond.

The water level in the pond was very low today. We found that the pipe which fills it had been disconnected from its water source. Amy fixed it, though at the rate of flow that I saw, it could well lose more water to evaporation than be filled by the trickle coming from the pipe.

After the pond, we hiked some of the washes to the west. We met up with Amy again on Tonto Tank. Amy continued west on Tonto Tank while we made our way over to Stoneman Wash and then NW on Stoneman Wash, meeting Amy again at the intersection with the Bluff Trail. When we hit Granite, Amy turned right to check on some stuff going on in the Campground while the rest of us took Granite and then Wagner back to the trailhead.

We saw lots of rabbits today, but not much else in the way of wildlife. We hiked an arroyo where we had seen a number of long eared owls earlier this year, but they were not there today.
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Apr 10 2018
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Escondido-Pemberton-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ 
Escondido-Pemberton-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 10 2018
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Hiking10.17 Miles 646 AEG
Hiking10.17 Miles   3 Hrs   8 Mns   3.30 mph
646 ft AEG      3 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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An evening loop on Escondido, Pemberton, and Shallmo Wash in McDowell Mountain Regional Park. I threw in a really short out and back segment on part of the Tortoise Trail too in order to make sure that I hit my mileage goal for the evening. (It's better than doing laps of the parking lot.)

I saw five mountain bikers several miles into my hike of the Escondido, but after that I saw no one.

It's super dusty out there - it's especially noticeable in the headlamp beam.

I saw some small mice doing whatever mice do at night during the last mile or so of the Escondido. I also saw a reflection along the way. Last week it turned out to the eyes of birds, but this week it did turn out to be a broken bike reflector which is what I first thought the birds were last week.
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Feb 02 2018
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Wash Day - MMRP, AZ 
Wash Day - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2018
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Hiking9.79 Miles 571 AEG
Hiking9.79 Miles   3 Hrs   27 Mns   3.14 mph
571 ft AEG      20 Mns Break22 LBS Pack
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I led a group of nine on a hike in which we wandered through a number of washes in McDowell Mountain Regional Park.

Starting from the Trailhead Staging Area, we hiked southwest on Pemberton, and then turned SSE into Stoneman/Pemberton Wash. We followed the wash all the way to the Long Loop (which is one of the competitive tracks). We turned right (west) onto the Long Loop and then took the service road back to Pemberton. Near the site of the ranch homestead, we meandered through some of the feeder washes for Stoneman Wash, eventually ending up in Stoneman Wash again. After further meandering through Stoneman Wash, we returned via the Bluff, Granite, Wagner, and Tortoise trails.

We were fortunate to see a barn owl several times during our wash meanderings.
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Jan 06 2018
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Wagner-Delsie-Stoneman-Tortoise Loop - MMRP, AZ 
Wagner-Delsie-Stoneman-Tortoise Loop - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 06 2018
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Hiking10.68 Miles 656 AEG
Hiking10.68 Miles   3 Hrs   12 Mns   3.41 mph
656 ft AEG      4 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Just a late afternoon hike in McDowell Mountain Regional Park - I did a loop comprised of Wagner, Granite, Delsie, Pemberton, Stoneman Wash, Pemberton, and Tortoise.

Stoneman Wash was moderately churned by horse traffic. Much of that churn was avoidable as the wash widened.

I saw only mountain bikers; no other hikers at that time of day. And, when I got to Stoneman Wash, I saw no one else at all. I guess that hiking the wash isn't that popular. I like it though - just about every time I hike it, I see something new.
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Sep 22 2017
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Stoneman Wash Trail - MMRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 22 2017
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Hiking9.14 Miles 512 AEG
Hiking9.14 Miles   3 Hrs   22 Mns   2.90 mph
512 ft AEG      13 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
 
Bob, Mike, Mona, Marilyn, and I did a 9.1 mile hike starting from the Wagner Trailhead in McDowell Mountain Regional Park. We hiked Tortoise to Pemberton, and then took Pemberton to Stoneman Wash where we turned south down the wash. We hiked back to the Pemberton via one of the many feeder washes and then went northwest on Pemberton. We hiked into an arroyo west of the pond (where the homestead once was). Exiting the arroyo area, we hiked Tonto Tank back to Pemberton, continuing north back to Stoneman Wash. This time, we took the wash WNW until we got to the Bluff Trail. From there, we returned via Granite and Wagner.

We saw an eagle, at least two owls, other smaller birds, several rabbits, and one (western diamondback) rattlesnake on our hike. The only critter which cooperated in my photographic pursuits was the snake.
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We saw some more Senna on the hike. I don't recall seeing any other flowers.
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Aug 18 2017
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Stoneman Wash Trail - MMRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 18 2017
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Hiking8.43 Miles 417 AEG
Hiking8.43 Miles   3 Hrs      2.99 mph
417 ft AEG      11 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
 
Marilyn, Bob, and I hiked a little over eight miles on Friday. Starting from the Wagner Trailhead, we hiked Tortoise to Pemberton, then south down Stoneman Wash. We took a feeder wash west to the Pemberton, then went north on Pemberton back to Stoneman Wash. From there we went northwest on Stoneman Wash, then to Granite, and back on Wagner.

It was cooler and less humid than other recent Friday hikes in the area. The temperature was in the mid-seventies when we started - just cool enough (and dry enough) to feel slightly chilly at the start.

We saw a small snake along the way, but it moved too quickly for me to get a photo.
Flora
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Desert Senna
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Senna
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Jul 07 2017
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Tortoise Trail - MMRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 07 2017
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Hiking7.00 Miles 387 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   2 Hrs   19 Mns   3.18 mph
387 ft AEG      7 Mns Break27 LBS Pack
 
Bob and I hiked seven miles starting from the Wagner Trailhead. We hiked: Tortoise, Pemberton, Stoneman Wash, (left on) Bluff, Granite, and Wagner.

It was a warm morning: temperatures at the start of the hike were in the high eighties; when we finished it was in the high nineties. The humidity was a bit higher too.
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Jun 02 2017
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Tortoise Trail - MMRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 02 2017
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Hiking5.63 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking5.63 Miles   1 Hour   54 Mns   3.16 mph
300 ft AEG      7 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
 
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An early morning loop in McDowell Mountain Regional Park consisting of the Tortoise Trail, Pemberton, Stoneman Wash, and the Wagner Trail. Temps were cool at 6:00am and warmed up as we went. We saw one fast moving snake, perhaps a coachwhip, along the way.
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Apr 07 2017
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Tortoise Trail - MMRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2017
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Hiking8.58 Miles 509 AEG
Hiking8.58 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   3.18 mph
509 ft AEG      53 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
 
Mike and I hiked a loop of 8.5 miles in McDowell Mountain Park on Friday. We saw lots of flowers, especially in the washes. The grasses are quite dry now - nearly all are brown. I spent perhaps two hours on Friday evening pulling grass seeds out of my socks and (trail running) gaiters. I need to find some better gaiters for that sort of thing.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Buckwheat, Senna, Goldeneye, Brittlebush, Sweetbush, Lupine, Palo Verde, Mesquite, Sandwash Groundsel, Ocotillo, Poppies, Desert Pincushion, Chuparosa, Miniature Woolystar, Hedgehog cactus, buckhorn cactus (just starting), Banana Yucca
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Jan 08 2017
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 Routes 31
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62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Wagner - Granite - Bluff - MMRP LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 08 2017
mazatzal
Hiking11.00 Miles 1,020 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   2.54 mph
1,020 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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MMRP loop: checked out 2 new to me trails :)
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This place is way busier than the Mazatzals :-k
62 bikers, 4 hikers. Of those, 37 bikers and 3 hikers were on the 2.4 mile Pemberton section, so only 25 bikers and 1 hiker the rest of the time :lol:
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Dec 18 2016
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62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Wagner - Granite - Bluff - MMRP LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2016
mazatzal
Hiking10.50 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   5 Hrs      2.38 mph
700 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
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MMRP loop: checked out 5 new to me trails :)
Tortoise-Wagner-Granite-Bluff-StonemanWash-Granite-Bluff-Pemberton-TontoTank-Pemberton
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Jul 05 2016
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 Routes 78
 Photos 7,201
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58 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Tortoise Trail - MMRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking1.40 Miles 20 AEG
Hiking1.40 Miles      22 Mns   3.82 mph
20 ft AEG
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1st trip
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I felt an urge ;) :y: to do this trail while in the area. It's right by a little visitor center. .7 miles one way. I came across a snake with his head in the sand, so to speak. His head was in a whole with his tail wiggling. He might have been eating breakfast :o . He was still at it a few minutes later when I came by. I was starting to warm up so I made this my last little trail for the day. I have to get home anyway... My granddaughter has a play date so the grandson get's to come hang out with me :D
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Coachwhip
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Feb 01 2015
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50 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
McDowell Mtn. Park, AZ 
McDowell Mtn. Park, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2015
DarthStiller
Hiking11.20 Miles 414 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   2.69 mph
414 ft AEG
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1st trip
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I saw that some new trails were added to McDowell Mt. Park, so since the weather is nice, I decided to get up early and get a quick hike in before heading out to a Super Bowl party. There was a race there today (Xterra?), but they let me park since my planned hike was in the north end of the park and the race in the south end. When I got to the parking lot, there was a big fire by the picnic tables and music playing. Looks like a lot of people camped out overnight.

I got started before sunrise, but only needed the headlamp for about 10 minutes. The wet grass had a look like broken glass from a car window on the ground. I took the Tortoise Trail up to the campground, then Wagner to Granite to Lariat to Pemberton to Delsie and back onto Wagner back to the lot. When I downloaded my route on my computer, I noticed that the north end of the Pemberton Trail has been re-routed to the south a little bit. Now I have to hike that new section since it's a trail I've never done.

On my way down the Delsie Trail, I spotted a hawk having a mouse for breakfast on top of a saguaro and also what looked like a deer running off. I was only able to get a photo of the hind end of that.

Done before 11am, back home before noon. Nice exercise without the monotony.
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Red-tailed Hawk
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Mar 26 2014
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50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Tortoise Trail - MMRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2014
mt98dew
Hiking1.71 Miles 20 AEG
Hiking1.71 Miles      35 Mns   2.93 mph
20 ft AEG
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Did this trail as an after thought after hiking the Scenic Trail. Really not much to it. It is just west of the staging area for the Pemberton Trail. Trail was nice and easy to follow with very little elevation gain. This trail leads right to the visitors center. So it probably exists for that reason, rather than for any intrinsic value. Vegetation was mainly creosote and brittlebush. I had the trail to myself, no wildlife or hikers.
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