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Dry Gulch Trail - MSPN - 6 members in 23 triplogs have rated this an average 2.2 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Dec 08 2020
LindaAnn
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41 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Cone Mtn and Browns Mtn, AZ 
Cone Mtn and Browns Mtn, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 08 2020
LindaAnn
Hiking10.25 Miles 1,289 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   2.28 mph
1,289 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Met Angela at Brown's Ranch TH at 0830 and we got started. Not as cool as I'd hoped it would be, but a nice breeze. Headed up Upper Ranch, then left on Cone Mountain Trail. Headed offtrail up to the summit of Cone Mountain. Short and steep offtrail. Some loose rocks and slippery decomposed granite, but we managed to stay upright. We spent some time dodging vegetation as well. Views from the top were nice, and surprisingly, no breeze up there.

Once back on the trail, we continued around Cone Mtn, then headed up Brown's Mountain Trail. Angela waited for me at the start of the spur trail to the summit. I went up there real quick, took a few pictures, then headed back down. Nobody else at the summit. From there, we backtracked west and then took Corral Trail east, then Dry Gulch over to Cholla Mtn Loop trail. Lots of nice yucca along these sections of trail.

It was warming up by the time we reached the Amphitheater, so we sat in the shade there while we ate lunch. From there, we headed south on Watershed, then west on Chuckwagon back to the trailhead. Probably the highest concentrations of cactus of the day along those two trails. Along Chuckwagon, we saw 5-6 hawks that circled around us but didn't seem to want to leave the area. The settled in trees and saguaros along the trail and watched us as we took pictures of them. Neat to see.

Nice day, great conversation, and enjoyable to get some easy miles in while hiking through picturesque scenery.
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Dec 08 2020
tibber
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66 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Cone Brown Mountains Loop and Chuckwagon, AZ 
Cone Brown Mountains Loop and Chuckwagon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 08 2020
tibber
Hiking10.38 Miles 1,160 AEG
Hiking10.38 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   2.38 mph
1,160 ft AEG      53 Mns Break
 
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Oh that Linda does seem to fly up peaks, with or without trails. No wonder she and Kelly get along so well :lol:. And how did I end up in this mix :-k . However, in this case, I think I suggested this one ](*,) .

We almost missed our turn for Cone Mountain Summit. Linda led the way up which I appreciated so I could concentrate on just my ascent. It wasn't the easiest of routes as you had to avoid so many different things on the way. The summit was nice and the views impressive. It was VERY windy going up the side but once on top, the wind was almost nil. We took a slightly different route down but eventually hooked up with Kelly's route. As we descended a hawk was trying to get our attention and as always, fun to watch it catch the wave so to speak.

And then it was around the mountain we went trying to decipher where there might be additional routes one could take to the top but Kelly's seemed to be the shortest if anything. We did encounter a few hikers on this side and some trail stewards as well as some bikers. I was having trouble with a small sore my new shoes had caused me on Thurs so I stopped to re-bandage it again. A biker even yelled over to ask if we were okay; wasn't that nice!

And then it was on to Brown's which was more up than from the other side. But I trudged along and tried to keep up with Linda. She sets a nice pace so that's good for me. We finally got up to the saddle but I told her to proceed so I could, once again, change my bandages. They kept falling off :( . This time I used several pieces of tape. When we got back to Brown's Ranch Road and the intersection with Corral, we reviewed my options in light of my heel issue. The bandage was, more or less, staying on so we proceeded on Corral, Dry Gulch and Cholla to get to the Amphitheatre which I wanted Linda to see.

We had a quick lunch and rather than head over to Balanced Rock we took the beautiful Watershed Trail to Chuckwagon. It's extra lush through here. This whole Preserve has so much extra desert flora it's really worthy of more visitation by yours truly. I keep threatening to give a bike a try but as I told Linda, "I'm such a gawker I'm afraid I would crash numerous times."

And then along the Chuckwagon Trail we got to see five hawks all of a sudden fly in our vicinity. We watched them as they landed in various areas and flew around; it was so cool. I'm glad I took as many shots as I did as I did manage to get two good photos. In the distance to the SE I saw extreme haze in the Superstitions; we assume from dust, but it was quite thick. We started walking again and then when we looked north we could see some billowing smoke over by the Seven Springs area. There were a few different small billowy-like plumes. We're hoping it's intentional fire but since it was pretty breezy today, we were a little worried.

And per usual, quite a few bikers on the Chuckwagon Trail as we made our way back to the TH. Linda got to be the first to meet Tonto the Third (III)/MYTONTO 3. We finished our beer (root) and parted company. Thx again Linda, glad you got a couple more peaks. And thx for putting up with me fixing my heel every couple miles.

WATCH: 9.81 miles in 5:15:18 at 1.8 avg MPH (128 avg bpm, 164 high: 1 hr Zone 5, 2 hr Zone 4, 1:45 Zone 3), burned 1943 calories. 60.7 degrees at 1:46PM, 14% humidity
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Christmas Cholla
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Harris Hawk
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Dec 03 2020
tibber
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66 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Brown Corral Chuckwagon, AZ 
Brown Corral Chuckwagon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 03 2020
tibber
Hiking8.19 Miles 864 AEG
Hiking8.19 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   2.89 mph
864 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Got my hair done and decided to do a hike over in North Scottsdale since my appt was up in the area. The last two times I hiked out of Brown's TH was Dec 7, 2014 and Dec 16, 2013 so it seemed a good time to finally revisit. Plus Linda and I are supposed to hike in this area on Tue so I wanted to make sure she could handle the peak😏. I also decided to try out my new shoes.

I was astonished as to how cold it is at 60 degrees with a breeze when I got out of Tonto the Third. I actually had to wear my down vest for the hike. This trail system is like the interstate highway (as to its smoothness) except for the climb up to the Summit. On this part of the hike is where I saw the only hikers I would see for the day; about ten. For the next 6 3/4 miles I would not see another hiker; altho I saw over a dozen bike riders throughout off and on.

After coming down from the summit I rounded the mountain to the north side before switching back east to hook up with the Corral Trail. The Corral Trail makes a wide swing to the west and north before heading east and south to hook up with the Dry Gulch Trail. It was really quite beautiful and I ended up taking more photos than I thot. It was such a nice change after my visit to the Superstitions on Tuesday. I was surprised to see so many Soap Tree Yuccas and I do like the gold colored grass. And of course, there are a few tall hillsides and of course the rather large Cholla Mountain. I did see a couple squirrels on my route.

The air was very clear so had good views for most of the afternoon. I took the short Dry Gulch Trail connector to hook up with the Cholla Mtn Loop. I did see a few hikers at a distance up at the Cathedral Rock area. My goal at this point was the Ampie (that's what HAZel called it) Theatre area. It's still a pretty cool place to walk around but the rocks are not very comfortable to sit on so I just re-tied my new shoe. From here it was on to the Watershed Trail which turned out to be quite scenic with all the desert-type flora. It was thick through here. I eventually crossed under the powerlines and then got on the Chuckwagon Trail heading west for the last 1 and 1/2 miles. I was walking into the sun and the breeze seemed to have died down now.

I encountered a few more bike riders and finally arrived back at Tonto III to have our first beer and snack together. Pretty fancy cars at this Trailhead for sure. A flock of fluffy quail walked across the lot; they were cold too. And now for the drive home as it was getting dark.
A nice article about the ranch: https://equitrekking.com/articles/entry ... in-arizona

WATCH: 7.7 miles in 2:57 at 2.6 avg MPH, 127 avg bpm (168 hi), 19 min Zone 5, 1:18 Zone 4 and 11:17 Zone 3. 1113 calories burned. 59 degrees, 12% humidity at 4:43PM
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Dec 21 2019
DarthStiller
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52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Broken Spoke Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking10.60 Miles 610 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   3 Hrs   44 Mns   2.84 mph
610 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Went back up to Brown's Ranch TH to hike some new sections of trails I noticed that I didn't hike before. The Broken Spoke has a new section on the west end of it, and there's also a new section of the Chuckwagon Trail just east of Brown's Ranch Road that I hadn't noticed before. I saw that I could incorporate both sections into one 10+ mile hike, so that looked like the way to go.

Brian joined me for this hike, but just for the first 3 miles, then he wanted to hike the Stagecoach Trail that he was supposed to hike with me 2 months ago but got sidetracked on. Those 3 miles went by like nothing. Felt more like barely 2 miles. Talking while you're hiking makes the time and effort go by fast.

My loop started with the southern section of the Chuckwagon Trail, then Watershed, Cholla Loop, Dry Gulch, Broken Spoke, West Express, Basalt Ridge, and Upper Ranch. Nothing special or crazy of note happened. More hikers and bikers encountered as I got closer to the trailhead, as expected. Weather stayed cool the whole time. Slight cloud cover helped with sun protection, but I still put up my hood for the 2nd half of the hike as a precaution.
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Nov 04 2018
mt98dew
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52 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Dry Gulch Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Nov 04 2018
mt98dew
Run/Jog7.17 Miles 48 AEG
Run/Jog7.17 Miles   1 Hour   14 Mns   5.81 mph
48 ft AEG
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Belated post. Whenever I come here, I randomly chose a trail that I haven't officially taken credit for. Today it was the Dry Gulch Trail. Got a little bit of a late start and didn't get on the trails until 6:30. I was surprised that the parking lot was as empty as it was at that time. Starting from Brown Ranch TH, I took Brown Ranch Road Trail - Chuckwagon - Balanced Rock - CCW on Cholla Mountain - Dry Gulch - Corral - and then back "home" on the Brown Ranch Road Trail. Love running these trails. The Brown Ranch is more of a get me there trail. A broad swath that heads in a north - south direction, more road than trail. The Chuckwagon is a newer addition to the McDowells and offers a fantastic alternative to the Powerline. It is one of the few trails that covers some distance going in an east - west direction. Nice single track, negligible elevation change. Balanced Rock trail, more of the same. Cholla Mountain I took CCW. This gave me a little more mileage, plus some added elevation. Going CCW, the elevation change is more gradual, but it takes longer than you'd suspect because it is so drawn out. Dry Gulch is a connector trail between Cholla and Corral but it was the impetus behind today's run. Corral Trail is one of the "ok" tracks here in the preserve. It is as much a trail as it is a flat wash. Still the surface is more solid dirt than loose sand so it not too bad for jogging. Brown Ranch ROAD trail is more uphill when going back to the TH, but it is not as bad as it seems. Surprisingly, very few people on the trail this morning (I believe I counted 10), though the parking lot was getting full when I returned. No wildlife, except for a lone rabbit.
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Jan 14 2018
mazatzal
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64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
MSPN loop, AZ 
MSPN loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2018
mazatzal
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,030 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   2.53 mph
1,030 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
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MSP North figure eight.

Hackamore Tr :next: Rustler Tr :next: Wrangler Tr :next: Vaquero Tr :next: Watershed Tr :next: Maverick Tr :next: Cholla Mtn Loop Tr :next: Dry Gulch Tr :next: Corral Tr :next: Brown’s Ranch Rd :next: Upper Ranch Tr

Saw a swarm of bees about 20 yards away along Corral :scared:
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Nov 12 2017
KBKB
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60 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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Oct 29 2017
KBKB
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60 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Maricopa Trail - North of Dove Valley, AZ 
Maricopa Trail - North of Dove Valley, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Oct 29 2017
KBKB
Mtn Biking17.59 Miles 778 AEG
Mtn Biking17.59 Miles   3 Hrs   1 Min   7.49 mph
778 ft AEG      40 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Just a Sunday afternoon ride with my wife in the Granite & Cholla Mountain areas of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve...

Prior to going out, I looked at the current map and noticed, at the top (north) end of the map, that two "Step-Over Gates" are marked at the boundary with the Tonto National Forest. My goal was to get to the gate just off of Dove Valley Trail and take a look at what's on the other side.

My wife and I rode Bootlegger, Granite Mountain Loop, Branding Iron, and north on The Divide Trail. When we got to High Desert, my wife turned left (west) and rode to the intersection with Broken Spur where she would later meet me.

I continued up The Divide, went left on Hawknest, then right on Dove Valley. I could have turned left on Dove Valley from The Divide Trail, but Hawknest is nicer - it's a singletrack whereas Dove Valley is an old jeep road. Anyway, when I turned onto Dove Valley, I found that there was a pretty well defined path made by mountain bikers; it was better than I expected it to be.

I got to the step-over gate at the Tonto National Forest Boundary and crossed over. I looked at the map posted on a large sign and noticed that the area is riddled with roads and perhaps other paths too. It appears that the area might be popular with the OHV crowd. Once I was done studying the map, I was looking at the various road options in front of me when I noticed a sign for the Maricopa Trail. I followed it for 1.4 miles and turned around just as it was crossing under the power lines for the second time. It's a nice singletrack marked for non-motorized vehicle use. In less than a quarter mile, it went through another step-over gate, though this one has a hinged bar which must be unlatched before you can cross. It then crossed the power line road twice; I think there was a least one other road that it crossed, but I don't know what that (or those) roads are (were). I noticed some spur trails leading to the west; I got a good look at one of them; it was a trail that followed a fence line. As noted earlier, I turned around just as it was crossing under the power lines for the second time. Looking at a map of my track, I see Joy Ranch Rd was due west of where I turned around. This section of the Maricopa Trail was pretty well beaten in, so I think it must have been there for a while; I just didn't know about it. (For some reason, I thought that the Maricopa Trail would continue on from where The Divide Trail meets Hawknest.) Anyway, I plan to explore further sometime soon. I'm wondering if it somehow connects to Spur Cross... that would be quite a ride!

When I got back to the Preserve, I continued on Dove Valley, turned left on Stagecoach, then right on Hawknest. I turned left when I got to Broken Spoke and met my wife where it intersected with High Desert.

We continued on High Desert, turned left (east) on Corral and then turned left (east again) onto Dry Gulch. From the end of Dry Gulch we returned via Cholla Mountain Loop, Balanced Rock, Granite Mountain Loop, Granite Mountain, Black Hill, Turpentine, and 136th St Express.

Update: I found two maps of the Maricopa Trail that may be of interest:

Maricopa and Sun Circle Trails

Spur Cross - Bronco

These maps show that a 1.3 mile gap between the area I explored and the Bronco Trailhead will open in Dec, 2017.

That said... I've hiked some of the Maricopa Trail from Spur Cross while hiking up to Skull Mesa. TR 247 (Cottonwood) is beyond my skill and aerobic capacity as a mountain biker. So riding from Granite Mountain to Spur Cross is probably not in the cards for me.
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Mar 19 2017
syoung
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42 male
 Joined May 23 2012
 Mesa, AZ
Brown's Mountain Summit via Upper RanchPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2017
syoung
Hiking9.15 Miles 892 AEG
Hiking9.15 Miles   2 Hrs   19 Mns   3.95 mph
892 ft AEG
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1st trip
Followed a route from The_Eagle from June '15. Super busy with lots of bikes due to some event from REI. The trails are super smooth and the miles sort of just melt away; even when you are sick. I had to talk myself into knocking out the Jane Rau trail at the end and almost stepped on a rattler while on it.
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Apr 09 2016
hikerdw
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62 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Browns Ranch Loop, AZ 
Browns Ranch Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2016
hikerdw
Hiking11.38 Miles 1,113 AEG
Hiking11.38 Miles   4 Hrs   29 Mns   2.91 mph
1,113 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Nice hike on some trails in the MSPN area with Ryan and Lauren. Saw our first rattler of the year spotted by Lauren in the third hiker position :o Good for Ryan and I it was on its best behavior. Nice morning hike.
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Feb 26 2016
mazatzal
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64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Cholla-Brown's, AZ 
Cholla-Brown's, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2016
mazatzal
Hiking8.90 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking8.90 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.89 mph
1,400 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
1st trip
My hiking buddy saw Cholla Mtn on our New Years hike and said why don’t we go up that… Today was the day. Also bagged Brown’s on way back.
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Mostly chuparosa and fairy duster and a few lupine, poppies and brittle bush.
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Feb 21 2016
Booneman
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41 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Maverick Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Feb 21 2016
Booneman
Run/Jog18.06 Miles 765 AEG
Run/Jog18.06 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   8.03 mph
765 ft AEG
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The Northern section of the Sonoran Preserve has become my go-to for long runs. I may be able to cover every trail by summer.
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Jan 24 2016
mazatzal
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 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Another meander in MSPN, AZ 
Another meander in MSPN, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2016
mazatzal
Hiking9.90 Miles 656 AEG
Hiking9.90 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   2.38 mph
656 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Headed back to McDowell Sonoran Preserve North :roll: Did a couple of loops. Stumbled across what I think is the Granite Azimuth Mark about 2 miles from Granite Benchmark :o

Hackamore Tr :next: Rustler Tr :next: Wrangler Tr :next: Vaquero Tr :next: Watershed Tr :next: Maverick Tr :next: Cholla Mtn Loop Tr :next: Dry Gulch Tr :next: Corral Tr :next: Brown’s Ranch Rd :next: Upper Ranch Tr :next: Cone Mtn Tr :next: Upper Ranch Tr
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Dec 03 2015
Crzy4AZ
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48 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Stagecoach Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 03 2015
Crzy4AZ
Hiking6.35 Miles 269 AEG
Hiking6.35 Miles   2 Hrs   29 Mns   2.56 mph
269 ft AEG
 
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Dropped kids off at school then drove to BR trailhead and parked car. Called Uber for a ride to the top of Stagecoach Road - cost me $17 with tip. Didn't get murdered or kidnapped or molested. Took Powerline Road #1 Trail (that is an official trail now and is not on HAZ list yet) to Dove Valley Trail and then did the entirety of Stagecoach Trail. Connected with Cholla Mtn and back to my car. Still had time for nap at home before picking up kids.

Many of the new area 2C trails in far northern region MSP are hard to get to by foot unless you have endless free time and no hobbies or work or family. You can park in Tonto National Forest on the other side up at 136th St -- but it's still several long day hikes to cover all these new trails. I prefer the shuttle idea and Uber gives me endless options. Just need an address and cell phone signal and I can get a ride back to my car.

Stagecoach is pretty - winding - narrow - mostly made for bikers. Didn't see any hikers until I got to Corral trail.
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Nov 21 2015
Crzy4AZ
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Brown's Ranch Road Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Nov 21 2015
Crzy4AZ
Hiking6.70 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking6.70 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   2.68 mph
200 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
This was a MSC Steward only fundraising hike for the Conservancy. Caroline and I hiked together and raised $700 from 25 donors! Advertising for the event encouraged hiking crazy hat or costume - - so of course Caroline and I both got our capes on and Wonder Woman gear. However we were the only ones in the hike or bike category that dressed up. Our capes had shredded edges by the end of the hike with all the cactus and wind combo.

Stopped for a break at Cathedral Rock and also went up to the Amphitheatre. Paul Staker led the hike - he is chair of MSC leadership team - was great to chat about goings on with him as I have missed a few CLT meetings with house move. Those CLT meetings are where you learn all the good stuff - real deal advance info from City personnel and MSC board, etc.

Proud of Caroline for raising so much money - helping me make the letter to ask for donations - talking to her friends' parents - and writing thank you notes to all our donors. Good life lessons there about volunteering and protecting land from development.
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Brown's Mountain - Scottsdale MSP
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Jun 10 2015
The_Eagle
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 Guides 9
 Routes 808
 Photos 10,484
 Triplogs 1,706

65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Browns Mtn - Cathedral - Amphitheater Loop, AZ 
Browns Mtn - Cathedral - Amphitheater Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 10 2015
The_Eagle
Hiking8.92 Miles 923 AEG
Hiking8.92 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   2.96 mph
923 ft AEG      9 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
It was fine time turtle got a bit of elevation in his rehab diet.
We were treated to a bobcat siting on the way in. Denny about wet himself.

Overcast, misted a couple of times, a bit of a breeze, the weather was perfect.
We saw a couple of hikers and some mountain bikers enjoying the day.

I ran the Turtle up Brown's Mountain, then was going to show him around some of the Brown's Ranch ruins.
The McDowell Mountain Conservancy had a large group of stewards out (15-20) in the Browns Ranch ruin area. They were comparing old documents/surveys to the current ruins, documenting and recording what they found.

Next off to show Denny the Metates at Cathedral Rock and a stop by the Ampitheater.

An enjoyable morning catching up with my favorite Testudine. :y:
Flora
Flora
Saguaro
Fauna
Fauna
Bobcat
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Dave Barry
Jun 10 2015
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Routes 80
 Photos 7,621
 Triplogs 2,924

60 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Browns Mtn - Cathedral - Amphitheater Loop, AZ 
Browns Mtn - Cathedral - Amphitheater Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 10 2015
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking8.92 Miles 923 AEG
Hiking8.92 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   2.82 mph
923 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Bruce hooked me up with a local hike I could handle. A little less than half his normal outing. He even threw in an overcast morning and a Bobcat sighting. :y: I always like hiking in a boulder/cacti setting. Thanks Bruce. Good times!
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Tortoise Hiking. Stop and smell the Petrichor.
Feb 22 2015
Sun_Ray
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 Routes 7
 Photos 981
 Triplogs 1,152

73 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Cholla Mountain Loop from Brown's Ranch THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2015
Sun_Ray
Hiking5.60 Miles 342 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   2 Hrs   41 Mns   2.09 mph
342 ft AEG
 
no photosets
Partners none no partners
Hiked with Canine Hiking Club of Arizona. There were 3 of us including Jamie DeBenedetto the founder. She had a route picked out for us to follow. Brown's Ranch Road :next: Powerline Rd :next: Watershed Trail :next: Cholla Mountain Loop with stop off at The Amphitheater :next: Cathedral Rock :next: back down to Dry Gulch Trail :next: Collal Trail :next: Brown's Ranch Road. Liked the route as we were able to see both The Amphitheater and Cathedral Rock in one loop. Good route if you are taking first timers out into the Brown's Ranch area. This Sunday morning we saw as many mountain bikers as hikers as they really like the trails in this area. A nice overcast day for the boys Java and Kai. They loved being out and even though they had not hiked in a month or so....did fine.
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Brian
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday......there is no SOMEDAY!
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Feb 01 2015
CdnInAz
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 Routes 58
 Photos 305
 Triplogs 114

57 male
 Joined Jun 02 2008
 Cave Creek, Az
Brown's Ranch/Maverick/Chola Mtn/Dry Gulch, AZ 
Brown's Ranch/Maverick/Chola Mtn/Dry Gulch, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2015
CdnInAz
Hiking6.73 Miles 265 AEG
Hiking6.73 Miles   2 Hrs   29 Mns   2.84 mph
265 ft AEG      7 Mns Break2 LBS Pack
 
no photosets
1st trip
this log is a mess. My neighbor and I hiked from parking to Amphitheater, north to Cathedral Rock, back down to Dry Gulch Trail and back to parking. For some reason HAZ app only captured to Cathedral, missed the return. So I've picked closest trail, edited distance and AEG from MapMyHike.
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Jan 01 2015
mazatzal
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 Routes 34
 Photos 2,441
 Triplogs 1,177

64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
McDowell Sonoran Preserve North Region, AZ 
McDowell Sonoran Preserve North Region, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2015
mazatzal
Hiking11.70 Miles 1,650 AEG
Hiking11.70 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   2.46 mph
1,650 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 no routes
Wow! We headed out to MSP North to check out the white stuff :y: there was quite a bit on the flora and boulders but it was all gone by about noon. It was cold and fairly quiet perhaps the two were related? (30 at the start and 36 at the end)

Hackamore Tr :next: Rustler Tr :next: Wrangler Tr :next: Vaquero Tr :next: Watershed Tr :next: Maverick Tr :next: Cholla Mtn Loop Tr :next: Dry Gulch Tr :next: Corral Tr :next: Brown’s Ranch Rd :next: Upper Ranch Tr :next: Cone Mtn Tr :next: Upper Ranch Tr
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Barrel Cactus
Named place
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Brown's Mountain - Scottsdale MSP
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