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Coyote Canyon Loop MSP - 8 members in 22 triplogs have rated this an average 3.9 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jan 29 2020
mazatzal
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63 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Coyote Canyon Loop MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2020
mazatzal
Hiking3.90 Miles 370 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   2.93 mph
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Did this short, nice loop with a visitor. Still some water in the little canyon. Got sprinkled on :)
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Jan 16 2020
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34 male
 Joined Nov 19 2019
 Tempe, AZ
Granite Mountain-Coyote Canyon Loop, AZ 
Granite Mountain-Coyote Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2020
wolfman200
Hiking6.56 Miles 325 AEG
Hiking6.56 Miles   2 Hrs   43 Mns   2.49 mph
325 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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First time back in the McDowell Mountains after a couple years. The coyote canyon portion was fun and interesting, the rest of the hike was pleasant but very flat. Lots of vegetation as well as hawks and a deer. This would be a great trail to bring kids and new hikers.
Mar 27 2016
mazatzal
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63 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
McDowell Preserve North, AZ 
McDowell Preserve North, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2016
mazatzal
Hiking14.70 Miles 1,170 AEG
Hiking14.70 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.99 mph
1,170 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
Another loop in MSPN :roll:

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Great weather not too hot and some nice breeze from time to time. Saw a gila monster but I only got a rubbish photo of its tail before it disappeared under a rock :tt:
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Feb 04 2016
AZWanderingBear
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65 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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Jan 14 2016
Crzy4AZ
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48 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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Dec 13 2015
mazatzal
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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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Sep 13 2015
Crzy4AZ
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48 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Coyote Canyon Loop MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2015
Crzy4AZ
Hiking2.70 Miles 115 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles
115 ft AEG
 
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Spent the morning looking for butterflies with Master Steward @ezpixels (she is not active on HAZ anymore - but she has a wildly popular Instagram gallery). Also two other MSC Stewards from class #7 - which is way back in 2004. Marianne has made a butterfly identification brochure for two purposes: raising money for MSC (you can buy a copy at the MSC office on FLW Blvd) and for all the McDowell Sonoran Field Institute citizen science volunteers that will be participating in a large butterfly ID field study in a month or so. There is a training session that is open to the public to learn how to identify butterflies -- even if you are not citizen science and cannot participate in field work. You do have to register b/c space is limited.

Anyway....it was very dry and only saw a couple of butterflies. But we had a nice leisurely walk along Dove Valley trail and into Coyote Canyon trail. We all parked at Granite Mountain TH and had a very kind driver take us up to Dove Valley step-over and picked up later.

At the end one of the stewards brought us all mesquite flour cookies and other goodies made from desert flora - - ethnobotany for chocolate lovers :lol:

As a side note - just for my own journaling documentation - the person who convinced me to become a MSC steward was @ezpixels after we had "known" each other on Instagram for a year. I would send her trail condition updates and ask her about flora/fauna. She convinced me that I didn't have to be retired to be a steward and any hours I could contribute would be helpful even with busy work life and kids/husband to look after. I am so glad that I took her advice and TODAY September 13th is my one year anniversary with MSC! Should have joined years ago...
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Jul 08 2015
The_Eagle
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Bootlegger-Coyote Cyn-Granite Mtn Loop, AZ 
Bootlegger-Coyote Cyn-Granite Mtn Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 08 2015
The_Eagle
Hiking8.51 Miles 665 AEG
Hiking8.51 Miles   2 Hrs   52 Mns   3.06 mph
665 ft AEG      5 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
The Turtle needed to get off of the concrete trails and do something different. I showed him some boulders ans saguaros.

We hit up the Northeast portion of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and some new trails or both of us. Once again got lucky with the weather. Upper 70's to start, probably low 90's to finish. Clouds filtered the sun and the breeze blew just enough to keep us cool.

The Coyote Canyon Trail was a pleasant surprise and interesting area.

Lots of Doves, Quail, Rock Squirrels, but that's about it. 2 bikers, and 3 hikers were all we saw.

Good hike Mr Turtle... Lets get that arm healed so we can get you on some other hikes.

** Note to future hikers that want to hike out of Trailheads on the Eastern side of this complex. There is No Parking at any of the Trailheads, other that the Granite Mountain Trailhead **
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Saguaro - Crested
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Tortoise_Hiker
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 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Bootlegger-Coyote Cyn-Granite Mtn Loop, AZ 
Bootlegger-Coyote Cyn-Granite Mtn Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 08 2015
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking8.51 Miles 665 AEG
Hiking8.51 Miles   2 Hrs   52 Mns   2.97 mph
665 ft AEG
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1st trip
Bruce and I hit some more MSPN trails. We got a late start but the humidity seemed lower today. We also had cloud cover from time to time. I always like when there are boulders mixed in with the Saguaro. We saw a couple male Cardinals flying in cicrles along with lots of Quail, Dove, Rabbits, Squirrels, and a few lizards. The trail was in good shape and only saw a few people. Bruce even pointed out a couple of nice Crested Saguaro 8) ! Nice local area and the company was top notch. :y:
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May 23 2015
mazatzal
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63 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
McDowell Preserve Far North Area, AZ 
McDowell Preserve Far North Area, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 23 2015
mazatzal
Hiking8.50 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.55 mph
550 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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We went to check out some of the new trails in the McDowell Preserve far north area (thanks to Crzy4AZ for posting the link to the updated map)

Hawksnest :next: Old Paint Wash :next: Soapberry :next: Coyote Canyon :next: Granite Mtn loop :next: Cow poke :next: Dove Valley :next: Barb’s :next: 136th St Express

Hazy views to the east, cleared a little but the mirror was still cloudy. We saw another water catchment 'tank', still had a little water.

The trails were pretty quiet - we saw a few bikers and 2 equestrians.
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Jan 28 2015
New2hyk
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54 female
 Joined Jan 04 2012
 scottsdale, AZ
Coyote Canyon Loop MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2015
New2hyk
Hiking3.60 Miles 115 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles
115 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Since I already hiked my monthly goal, decided to goof off today. Went to dove valley pseudo TH. There is one car already there and parked behind it. Later on found out that I blocked the gate :o . Sorry preserve folk. Someone left a very nice note on the gate now asking not to block it.
Did the loop ccw and there are no signs still. I followed 2 hikers first. Then stopped at the water tank which has no water despite rain :( . Saw a hunter and had a nice chit chat. He is hunting quails and really wants the big buck lot of people already told me about. He said there are 2 more weeks of hunting season left.
Off I went and ran into another group of hikers. My third time seeing that group this winter and chatted a bit. Then I kept going marvelling the beauty of coyote canyon. Saw lots of sps of fern there(should be nick named fern canyon). Wild flowers are starting :y: . Glad they don't move around like fauna :sl:
Saw no one else in the canyon. Heard horse like sounds twice. Looked around bit saw no horses or any other wildlife :?
As I am on granite mtn trail, there is a flight school helicopter practicing all sorts of feats. Glad I was not in it :)
Had a secret wish to see large animals today but no sightings :(
On the other hand, I photographed a new bird for me-abert's towhee :y:
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Jan 19 2015
topohiker
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 Joined Oct 29 2005
 Scottsdale, AZ
McDowell Sonoran Wandering, AZ 
McDowell Sonoran Wandering, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2015
topohiker
Hiking33.24 Miles 2,304 AEG
Hiking33.24 Miles   12 Hrs   25 Mns   3.09 mph
2,304 ft AEG   1 Hour   40 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I started out at the Fraesfield TH. I was the only vehicle in the lot. I headed down the Gooseneck trail to where I left off the previous week.

I explored Redbird / service road connectors before heading back on the Redbird trail. When I went past the Fraesfield TH, the lot was half full. The mountain bikers came out in full-force at 10am.

I headed North by taking:
Blackhills trail
Bootlegger trail
Granite Mtn Loop trail
Cow Poke Trail
Dove Valley trail

I explored on the old BLM roads that are now part of the preserve. I went the Tonto forest Granite MNT boundary. There are numerous old BLM roads in this area. It looks like there are plans for a numerous new trails. I seen a bunch flagging for new trails.

On the way back I took the new Coyote Canyon trail. This trail is a loop that connects the Dove Valley trail with the Granite Mtn. Loop trail. The Coyote trail starts off is a cool canyon. It's about 90% done. The trail sign is taped on a post and one of intersections has a post without a sign.

I took the following trails back:
Granite Mtn. Loop trail
Bootlegger trail
136 Street Express trail
Morning Vista trail
Black Hills trail

The weather was perfect. Even though you're in a city park, you can get to the middle of no-where and explore. The Tonto Forest connection opens up a lot of possibilities.
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Jan 03 2015
mazatzal
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 Routes 33
 Photos 2,345
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63 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Coyote Canyon Loop MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 03 2015
mazatzal
Hiking3.70 Miles 490 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.78 mph
490 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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Linked linked
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Short loop with out of town visitor.
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Jan 02 2015
The_Eagle
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Granite Mountain Loop - MSPN, AZ 
Granite Mountain Loop - MSPN, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2015
The_Eagle
Hiking10.80 Miles 675 AEG
Hiking10.80 Miles   3 Hrs   33 Mns   3.19 mph
675 ft AEG      10 Mns Break9 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
The dog was begging for a walk. He just loves hiking but at 12, he just can't do what he used to be able to do. I ended up carrying him on the uphill portions of the last 2 miles.

This hike was chilly at the start so we set a pretty good pace. On the east side of Granite Mountain, we caught up to Richard and a friend. We hiked with them a bit, discussed linking, until they headed off trail to climb Granite Mountain.

We saw 8 horses, a dozen mountain bikers and a dozen hikers out enjoying the day.

This is a well established area with pristine trails perfect for low AEG hikes, Mountain Biking, and dog walking. I'll bet Scottsdale has eradicated all instances of Catsclaw in a 5 mile radius of their trails.
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Black Hill Tank

dry Black Hill Tank Dry Dry
Appeared dry from a distance
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Dec 28 2014
mazatzal
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 Routes 33
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63 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
McDowell Sonoran Preserve Far North Region, AZ 
McDowell Sonoran Preserve Far North Region, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2014
mazatzal
Hiking12.40 Miles 1,690 AEG
Hiking12.40 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   2.40 mph
1,690 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
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1st trip
Crzy4AZ posted a link to some info on existing / future trails in the far North region :thanx:

We thought we’d check out this new area. We did a through hike from Brown’s TH to Dove Valley Rd. While we were in the far north region we only saw two trail runners the entire time. I’m sure that’s going to change as it gets more developed. Quite a bit of evidence of dirt bikes and ATVs using the area [-X Saw lots of jackrabbits and one deer.

Hackamore Tr :next: WAPA Powerline (aka trail #1 and FR 2090) :next: Dove Valley Tr :next: Soapberry Wash Tr :next: Coyote Canyon Loop Tr :next: Cow Poke :next: Dove Valley
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Dec 20 2014
Crzy4AZ
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48 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Dove Valley Trail loop - MSP, AZ 
Dove Valley Trail loop - MSP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 20 2014
Crzy4AZ
Hiking4.20 Miles 320 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles
320 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Got a babysitter for the morning - so Brad and I could have a date hike together. Usually at night but holiday stuff going on full force in evenings this weekend.

Weather great - blue skies - chilly but not cold. Wanted to spend the morning exploring Dove Valley Trail and getting GPS route and to check out what kind of signs were out there from the City and MSC since this trail is not listed in its entire length on the MSP official maps.

Once you get 1 mile from 136th St parking area - signs are pretty much gone and it's not clear whether to follow the wash or another small trail. We followed the wash and came upon the Michelin Man cactus. Should have turned south here but we kept going in the wash to the northwest and then looped back to Michelin Man. Then took connector to Coyote Canyon trail and back to parking area.

Highlight was the unnamed rock formation with lots of granite water collecting depressions. Beautiful little miniature balanced rock. Great views. No one anywhere in sight. Could hear motorized vehicles off towards Carefree/Rio Verde Foothills.
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Michelin Man Saguaro
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Dec 07 2014
New2hyk
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54 female
 Joined Jan 04 2012
 scottsdale, AZ
Coyote Canyon Loop MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2014
New2hyk
Hiking8.00 Miles 435 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.67 mph
435 ft AEG      15 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Started From granite mtn TH. Took coyote canyon from granite mtn loop. After 0.7 miles, made left(went west) and took the northern sandy wash. Came back exactly the same way. Beautiful day and coyote canyon trail is very serene. Saw horse and bike tracks on the trail.
On the way back, met a HAZer (very sorry but forgot screen name) who is not active on the site but is involved in bird hikes as a steward in the preserve. I plan to go on those hikes soon.
Bird hike is on 12/28th at 8am at granite mtn TH for anyone interested.
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Dec 07 2014
Crzy4AZ
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48 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Coyote Canyon Loop MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2014
Crzy4AZ
Hiking7.20 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   3 Hrs      2.62 mph
600 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
Met at Granite Mtn Trailhead at 8:45 am for a McDowell Sonoran Conservancy wellness hike. I brought Caroline b/c she begged me and promised that she could handle it. "Is it with your blue shirt friends?" she asked. LOL, yes

Took Bootlegger :next: Granite Mtn Loop trail :next: Coyote Canyon trail :next: Dove Mtn trail briefly to see "Michelin Man" cactus :next: 136th Street trail back to trailhead.

This was Caroline's longest hike to date - and I was so proud of her behavior on the large group hike. She held my hand most of the hike and used her hiking stick a little. She ate all her snacks and carried her own water in her Grand Canyon junior ranger backback with a camelback water pack coming out the top.

There are phenomenal stands of saguaro on Granite Mountain Loop - I think the prettiest trail in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. When you hit the newly acquired Coyote Canyon trail (old trail but recently changed from state land trust to MSP land) - - it really is a spectacular hike for old stands of saguaro.

Double crested saguaro on Coyote Canyon Loop
"Michelin Man" saguaro on Dove Mtn trail
One of the oldest saguaros in MSP right next to crested arm near the water tank on Coyote Canyon Loop (see pics - they are GeoCoded)
HUGE owl nest on 136th Street trail (i'm going to post pics in a different post to write up that hike segment)


I also got to meet @ezpixels (she doesn't post here but does have an old account - but she's very active on Instagram and has written several books for the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. She is a conservation photographer) -- I've "known" her for a year through IG and it was so great to meet her in person even if just briefly as she was biking by our group while we were in the little slot canyon. She created the MSC coloring books, Wildlife Book, Field Guide version 2.0, and makes christmas cards and prints of MSP photographs. Very talented lady!!

What a hike to remember :)
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Nov 29 2014
Sun_Ray
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73 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Coyote Canyon Loop MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 29 2014
Sun_Ray
Hiking6.20 Miles 350 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   2 Hrs   48 Mns   2.21 mph
350 ft AEG
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
Parked at 136th and Dove Valley and took the Coyote Canyon Loop counter clockwise until it intersected with Granite Mtn Loop. Then took this right or West until it connected with Branding Iron Trail. Turned around at point Branding Iron connected with Cholla Mtn. Loop. On way back took Cholla, Branding Iron, Granite Mtn, Cow Poke, Dove Valley. My GPS battery died so I'm estimating both mileage and AEG. Started at 8:50 AM on a Saturday and only saw 3 hikers and about 20 mountain bikers. None on Coyote Canyon Loop. Great views both East and North from the loop. Double Crested Saguaro on Coyote Canyon...can't miss as it's right next to a trail junction sign.
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Oct 19 2014
DarthStiller
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51 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Coyote Canyon Loop MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2014
DarthStiller
Hiking3.60 Miles 115 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   2.06 mph
115 ft AEG
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
With the Steelers playing on Monday night, attending a party the night before, and the cooling temperatures around Phoenix, this was the perfect Sunday to take the family out for a hike. The ride up 136th Street to where this hike starts was almost as much fun for the kids as the hike was. The road has several dips that get steeper the farther north you go. I gunned at the top of a few of those hills and it had a roller coaster feeling. I didn't get too crazy, and made sure I only did it when there wasn't another car coming.

The best section of this is the new Coyote Canyon Trail. At the junction with the Granite Mountain Trail, they have a new map taped to the sign that shows some more new trails they've already started to build. Nice to see this area keeps getting more trails built.

The crested saguaro was nice for the kids to see. I liked the little canyon the trail drops into and then comes out in a wash. Just before the end of the loop, we saw a cattle tank with some dirty looking water.

The length of the hike was just about perfect for the kids. Everyone seemed to be surprised we finished in under 2 hours.

On our way back to Mesa, we stopped in Fountain Hills at the Senor Taco and got some lunch, good food there. Very nice Sunday family time.
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