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Oct 01 2019
LosDosSloFolks
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 Photos 528
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64 male
 Joined Feb 10 2019
 Cave Creek, Ariz
Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2019
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking6.85 Miles 653 AEG
Hiking6.85 Miles   2 Hrs   52 Mns   2.62 mph
653 ft AEG      15 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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Early morning trek to get some exercise. Our route was similar to the HAZ Guide with the exception being that we hugged the mountain on the eastern side going CCW using the Granite Mountain Loop Trail. The guide has you using the Bootlegger Trail on the eastern side. Our route was slightly longer but more scenic I believe. Route shown in photoset.

We just hiked in this area 2 weeks ago to see the Balanced Rock but I guess we both wanted to see more kitchen countertops in their natural habitat. [ photo ] There are some truly giant granite boulders in this area. Also we have wanted to photograph the Cristate Saguaro just north of this loop so we went to see that also. [ photo ] Thanks to Larry @RowdyandMe for the location.

No flowers to mention, but the recent rains have all the Ocotillo leafed out in a bright green spectacle. [ photo ] Encountered one hiker, two MB's, and two equestrians. The trail tread is in absolutely fantastic condition.
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Sep 27 2019
RowdyandMe
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65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Branding Iron Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2019
RowdyandMe
Hiking8.96 Miles 978 AEG
Hiking8.96 Miles   3 Hrs   37 Mns   2.65 mph
978 ft AEG      14 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Well I decided to check out Granite Mountain Trailhead today. It is really nice seeing all the work finally finished.
We managed to do this hike with out meeting any other hikers just a few mountain bike riders. The weather was perfect today not to warm and cloud cover most of the way.
I did notice a lot of the Ocotillos really turning green as well as some plants and even so grass.
I am hoping for a really fantastic winter.
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Sep 17 2019
LosDosSloFolks
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64 male
 Joined Feb 10 2019
 Cave Creek, Ariz
Balanced Rock Lollipop MSPN, AZ 
Balanced Rock Lollipop MSPN, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 17 2019
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking5.73 Miles 520 AEG
Hiking5.73 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.64 mph
520 ft AEG      15 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Another pre-dawn start of an exercise hike for the SloFolks. We started at the newly remodeled Granite Mountain Trailhead. They did a great job on this and also the Fraesfield TH to the south. Even included flushing toilets! Nothin' but the best for us hikers. :D

We used six different trails to do the reverse looking lollipop loop shown in the photoset. Started with lots of moonlight and only one car in ahead of us when the gate opened automatically at 5:41am . Driving over we passed the Pima/Dynamite TH and the cars were lined up two abreast and all the way out to Dynamite Road waiting to get in.. MB'ers I'm assuming.

Even without all the flowers of this past spring this network of trails is very scenic. Granite boulders of all shapes and sizes. The tread on the trail is so nice it allows you to take in all the sights and vistas. It's nice to occasionally lift my eyes from the sad, sad ground...(obscure Leo Kottke song lyric). The Mazzies with the sunrise behind them were beautiful. I got some good shots of the ranges to the south and east also.

With the early start we had the place almost to ourselves. Aside from a large hawk (Ferruginous?) we saw just a few MBers and one couple hiking in as we were leaving. Summer is breaking, you could feel it in the air! :y:
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May 13 2019
RowdyandMe
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65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Divide Trail Loop, AZ 
Divide Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 13 2019
RowdyandMe
Hiking12.44 Miles 641 AEG
Hiking12.44 Miles   5 Hrs   49 Mns   2.57 mph
641 ft AEG      59 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Fauna
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Rock Squirrel
Culture
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Cag Shot
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Mar 31 2019
Crzy4AZ
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46 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Granite Mountain Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2019
Crzy4AZ
Hiking3.23 Miles 265 AEG
Hiking3.23 Miles   1 Hour   23 Mns   2.65 mph
265 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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Wanted to see more wildflowers. Took route advice from @ezpixels and went Powerline Rd from GM TH to GM Trail to Saddlehorn to Bootlegger.

Best flowers are at the GM loop side closest to Powerline.

So so crowded on my way back at 9:30am. Construction TH ongoing.

Beautiful day.
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Poppies and lupine insane, everything else in more than usual amounts
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Jan 31 2019
mazatzal
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62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Balanced Rock Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2019
mazatzal
Hiking8.00 Miles 330 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles
330 ft AEG
 
Took a visitor on this loop.

Turpentine :next: Whiskey Bottle :next: Chuckwagon :next: Balanced Rock :next: Granite Mtn Loop :next: Saddlehorn :next: Bootlegger
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Jan 05 2019
Sun_Ray
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71 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 05 2019
Sun_Ray
Hiking6.27 Miles 402 AEG
Hiking6.27 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.94 mph
402 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
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With Judy and Kai counter clockwise. New Trailhead building is about 3/4 complete.
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Dec 26 2018
mazatzal
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62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Balanced Rock Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2018
mazatzal
Hiking8.00 Miles 900 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles
900 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
Took a friend on this loop.

Bootlegger :next: Saddlehorn :next: Granite Mtn Loop :next: Balanced Rock :next: Chuckwagon :next: Whiskey Bottle :next: Turpentine
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Nov 17 2018
Nightstalker
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51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2018
Nightstalker
Hiking7.30 Miles 538 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles   3 Hrs   7 Mns   2.92 mph
538 ft AEG      37 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
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Jan, Gallydoll, SCA, and my buddy Bala (in town from India and just back from the Himalayas) joined me for a leisurely stroll through the Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve and a stop by Balance Rock. Got to the trail head about 6:20 and 38 degrees. Haven't been out here for a while and found the trail head under construction. Looks like bathrooms are going in and I'm sure a locked gate not far behind. Upon returning to the full parking lot we found emergency personnel loading up the ATV to go retrieve someone in distress. Great sunrise and perfect temps. Stopped at Pony Express after the hike. My dirty chai was delicious, food not so much :(
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Mar 15 2018
TheMazzicMan
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50 male
 Joined Jul 04 2016
 Phoenix, AZ
Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2018
TheMazzicMan
Hiking4.90 Miles 373 AEG
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Finally! A hike that didn't involve work!

My first visit to this part of the Preserve. My intention was to hike counter-clockwise around Granite Mountain, approaching from the east off of Bootlegger. After going north as far as the junction for Coyote Canyon Tr, the increasing wind and darkening skies forced me to reconsider my plans. Believing I would be happier staying on the eastern flank of the mountain, given wind direction, I turned around. Definitely looking forward to coming back. I think the Preserve must be my favorite hiking spot in the valley.

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Mar 08 2018
FLYING_FLIVER
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 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.
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Nov 25 2017
Oregon_Hiker
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73 male
 Joined Dec 07 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Bootlegger Trail Loop, AZ 
Bootlegger Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2017
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking2.00 Miles 265 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
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1st trip
Went on a short hike with my daughter and her family in the north section of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Our hike started at the Granite Mountain Trailhead. The kids weren't up for a long hike so we went on a short loop hike up the Bootlegger trail to the Granite Mtn Loop Trail then back to the trailhead on the Powerline Road. My grandkids enjoy playing on the huge granite boulders sculpted in to many different shapes by erosion over the eons. A trail steward we have encountered here in the past scolded us for letting the kids go off trail on the granite boulders. But if the trail crosses the edge of the boulder, then why not and if it will get the kids out hiking I'm all for it. No overly officious trail stewards were encountered on this trek so we all had a good time. :)
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Nov 12 2017
KBKB
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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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Oct 31 2017
RowdyandMe
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65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Cow Poke Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2017
RowdyandMe
Hiking9.77 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking9.77 Miles   4 Hrs   13 Mns   2.58 mph
700 ft AEG      26 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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Oct 29 2017
KBKB
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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 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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Apr 16 2017
Nightstalker
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51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2017
Nightstalker
Hiking6.22 Miles 405 AEG
Hiking6.22 Miles   1 Hour   48 Mns   3.49 mph
405 ft AEG      1 Min Break10 LBS Pack
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Met up with my old Monday morning hike gal pals for a quick morning hike.
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Mar 27 2017
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64 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2017
tibber
Hiking6.19 Miles 493 AEG
Hiking6.19 Miles   2 Hrs   37 Mns   2.53 mph
493 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
It's been about 4 years since I was last out here and I remember I was impressed then and even more impressed now. Why? One word: WILDFLOWERS :y: Laurie had mentioned how that area was in a 20 year peak bloom and she wasn't kidding. Even though I was probably 1 week past prime; it was incredible... except for all that fox tail (at least that's what I call the low grass with a feathery plume). While the fox tail is pretty, way too much of it and thank goodness I didn't have to walk thru it. I stopped at the wrong TH at first so I had to get back in the car and drive further (I had turned at Frasefield TH rather that 136th St).

It was now 3:45 and I was hoping to be done at 5:45 which I would have been except there was one problem: WILDFLOWERS :y: . Actually the whole hike is pretty impressive. The banana yucca were blooming all over the place and then you have the giant boulders and saguaros mixed in. On the way out as the light was waning, the banana yucca looked like torches. I don't think I was quite able to capture it in the photos. And speaking of photos, I blew thru the rest of my memory card as I rounded the corner and finished off the last of the wildflowers so I had to resort to Kemosabe for the last 1/2 of the hike.

The most impressive flower show was as you came off of the Saddlehorn Trail onto the Granite Mountain Loop and around the corner to the southwest. Every kind of wildflower imaginable and en masse. Needless to say I got hung up here for awhile. On top of all this, it was a glorious afternoon temperature-wise and the trail is like gliding on ice; especially after Saturday's mostly off-trail hike in the Supes. Every time I come out here I think I need to rent a bike and go for a spin.

Once the wildflower show was done I was able to pick up my pace but I was still in Tibbernarian mode as I rounded each corner circling the mountain. I saw a dozen others with a mix of bikers and hikers. As I hiked into the shadow of the mountain it actually got a bit chilly but that didn't stop me from taking some more pictures; especially as I came around the corner with the Brittlebush providing the only light in the shadow of the mountain.

I think I got done a little after 6 and on the way home I got to see golden rain. Not sure that I've ever seen that before. And yes, there is much video but since I'm behind a couple weekends now... it's hard to say when that will be ready.

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I would have said extreme except that it's past its prime but still worth going out for the rest of the week I'd say. Many of the desert wildflowers were well-represented out here as was the Brittlebush. The Banana Yucca seemed to all be blooming; there were groves of them.
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Mar 19 2017
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61 male
 Joined Jun 19 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Bootlegger Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Mar 19 2017
rrshort
Hiking3.00 Miles 163 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   1.29 mph
163 ft AEG
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The only time that I had to do any hiking this weekend was this afternoon. Despite the warm weather I decided to introduce myself to the Granite Mountain Trailhead for a short hike. looking at the maps online I planned my route to be the Bootlegger Trail to the Granite Mt Trail then back to the Powerline Rd Trail and back to the trailhead. I arrived at the trailhead at about 1:30 to find it mostly empty. After double checking my route I got underway at 1:45 I enjoyed the different "look" this area had than some of the other areas that I had been too. The prevalence of the yucca plants contributed to it. some of the rock formations scattered about were interesting. the trail was smooth providing oppurtunities to view the countryside. The wildflowers were in abundance. In due time I arrived at the junction with the Granite Mountain Loop Trail and turned down it. The trail turned a little rockier so I had to pay a little more attention to where I was going. interesting views still presented themselves and off course I still found saguaros to take pictures off. Coming down the trail I encountered a desert tortoise heading up the trail.
That was a thrill for me! I took a couple of pictures and left it to it's journey. Finally I turned on to the Powerline Rd Trail. As I was approaching the trail head I saw a hawk fly onto a bush. I was so excited to get a shot of one in the wild so to speak. Then I noticed the people who just starting up the trail and a woman wearing gloves blew a whistle and the hawk flew onto her hand. So much for a picture of a wild hawk. There was another woman with a hawk who told me that they were being trained. So I had a successful encounter with the area and look forward to coming back.
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Mar 19 2017
Sun_Ray
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71 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Mar 19 2017
Sun_Ray
Hiking6.09 Miles 391 AEG
Hiking6.09 Miles   2 Hrs   23 Mns   2.90 mph
391 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
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After hearing many Steward report about the wildflowers on Bootlegger and Granite Mountain trails decided to brave it on a Sunday morning. Wife Judy and friend Kathy joined me. We hiked it clockwise...Bootlegger-Granite Mountain-Bootlegger from Granite Mountain parking lot on 136th street. Yes, very good display of wildflowers and with our 7:30 AM start we avoided most of the crowds for 3/4 of our hike. Poppies starting to die off and Brittle-bush in full bloom.
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Brian
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday......there is no SOMEDAY!
Jan 22 2017
mazatzal
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 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
McDowell Preserve North, AZ 
McDowell Preserve North, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2017
mazatzal
Hiking9.70 Miles 950 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   2.33 mph
950 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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