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Bootlegger Trail - MSPN - 18 members in 86 triplogs have rated this an average 3.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 28 2021
Nate_F
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49 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Granite Mountain Loop and Balanced Rock, AZ 
Granite Mountain Loop and Balanced Rock, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2021
Nate_F
Hiking6.25 Miles 499 AEG
Hiking6.25 Miles   2 Hrs   37 Mns   2.39 mph
499 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Humid hike this morning but the breeze and the clouds made up for it. Everything smelled so good after the rains and is green and lush. I saw so many butterflies and even a rattlesnake out there! And a beautiful crested saguaro. Had a quick side trip to the balanced rock of course!
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Aug 22 2021
Nightstalker
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Chuckwagon Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Aug 22 2021
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking13.00 Miles 867 AEG
Mtn Biking13.00 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   7.09 mph
867 ft AEG      35 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Went for a Sunday ride with Carey out of Browns Ranch. Saw a Gila Monster on Turpentine trail. Lots of hikers and bikers.
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Jun 26 2021
Nightstalker
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Granite Mountain El Diablo Loop, AZ 
Granite Mountain El Diablo Loop, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Jun 26 2021
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking14.20 Miles 725 AEG
Mtn Biking14.20 Miles   2 Hrs   24 Mns   7.54 mph
725 ft AEG      31 Mns Break
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1st trip
With all the National Forests closed, took the bike out with Carey and did a nice counter clock-wise loop at Brown's Ranch. Saw a whole bunch of mountain bikers and only a few hikers.
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Mar 14 2021
mazatzal
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64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Granite Mtn Loop from Fraesfield, AZ 
Granite Mtn Loop from Fraesfield, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2021
mazatzal
Hiking9.80 Miles 970 AEG
Hiking9.80 Miles   4 Hrs      2.73 mph
970 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
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Black Hill :next: Granite Mtn :next: Granite Mtn loop :next: Saddlehorn :next: Bootlegger :next: Turpentine :next: Black Hill
46F at the start and 56 at the end :)
Saw 2 climbers on Granite Mtn.
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Flora
Fairy Duster
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Quite a few: scorpionweed, chuparosa, fairy duster, fiddleneck and lupine.
Not so much the others: 3 poppies (2 closed up) and one brittlebush flower :lol:
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Jan 27 2021
Oregon_Hiker
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75 male
 Joined Dec 07 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Bootlegger Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2021
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking1.25 Miles 163 AEG
Hiking1.25 Miles
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Took a short hike up the Bootlegger Trail to get some photos of the snowcapped Mazatzal Mountains with the scenic granite formations and desert in the foreground. A nice escape from our condo compound.
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Nov 08 2020
mt98dew
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52 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Bootlegger Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Nov 08 2020
mt98dew
Run/Jog4.67 Miles 163 AEG
Run/Jog4.67 Miles      52 Mns   5.39 mph
163 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Early morning jog in one of my favorite preserves....McDowell Sonoran. Went to the Granite Mountain TH. Had to wait for the gates to open. One of the few shortcomings of fall/winter is the later starts because of the automated gates. Wanted to get a quick one involving the Bootlegger Trail. Got on the trail just before 6:30. Very chilly. Probably in the low 40’s, but no wind so it was bareable. Started off on the Bootlegger. Nice way to access Granite Mountain. Not much elevation change, and gradual at that. Connected to the Granite Mountain loop for a brief period to connect to The Cow Poke Trail. The Cow Poke took me down to 136th Express which I used to get back to TH. All these trails are great for running - smooth, stone free with enough twists and turns and ups and downs to keep things interesting. Wildlife was minimal....quail and rabbits.
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Mar 29 2020
rrshort
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63 male
 Joined Jun 19 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Bootlegger Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2020
rrshort
Hiking3.00 Miles 163 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   1.16 mph
163 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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A morning hike was in order and looking to avoid crowds I decided to head back to the Granite Mountain Trailhead. my plan was to do a short loop that I had done before, Bootlegger than back down the Granite Mountain and back along the Powerline road. I had not been to this trailhead since they developed it, I found myself very pleased with the effort. Got underway about 7:40 on this beautiful morning. Starting out with the yuccas and the boulders gives the trail a different feel than others. The flowers were sporadic with lupines leading the way. Turning onto the Granite Mountain trail it right away became a more picture worthy trek. The patches of lupines were bigger along with some spots of poppies and owl clover and various others. I had a mockingbird stop and serenade me while I snapped photos of him. The trails got fairly busy with hikers and bike riders. The parking area was about three quarters full when I returned to the trailhead. A great hike but I need to get in good enough shape to tackle the complete Granite Mountain Loop. I was hoping to come across a hedgehog cactus this trip but alas no joy.
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Mar 27 2020
kingsnake
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59 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Bootlegger Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2020
kingsnake
Hiking9.79 Miles 736 AEG
Hiking9.79 Miles   3 Hrs   23 Mns   2.89 mph
736 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Wanted to get this out while you folks may be planning your weekend expedeitions: Go to MSP North!

Counter-Clockwise, I hiked parts of Bootlegger Trail, the Overlook, Granite Mountain Trail, Branding Iron Trail, Cholla Mountain Loop, Cathedral Rock, the Amphitheater, Balanced Rock Trail (plus the Rock itself), back on Granite Mountain Trail, Saddlehorn Trail, then back to the trailhead on Bootlegger Trail. Around 10 miles and 750 AEG. Trail was pristine. No climbs. But the flowers ...

OH MY.

Bootlegger Trail (substantial) at 8:30 still had shadows, and it was 47o, so only the Brittlebush were really out, and they were abundant. Plenty of lupine. Some desert globe mallow. Plus owl clover, blue dick, fairy duster, and other species too small too photograph.

Granite Mountain Trail-North (moderate): Coverage definitely tapered off.

Branding Iron & Balanced Rock Trails (light): Branding Iron at the north end of the valley separating Granite Mountain and Cholla Mountain, and Balanced Rock at the south end, had the least coverage of all. It was more spikey succulents. Never saw one cactus flower all day.

Cholla Mountain Trail (Substantial): By the time I got to Cathedral Rock it had warmed up a bit. Brittlebush & lupine had come back in in numbers, both north & south of Cathedral Rock, and there tons of penstemon, and that until I turned onto Balanced Rock Trail. Some good fairy duster by the rock.

Can allergies cause a bloody nose, because I got a good one on Balanced Rock. Maybe it was the lofty altitude?

Granite Mountain Trail-South (EXTREME): Penstemon and brittlebush were BONKERS! Lupine substantial. Some really dense patches of owl clover. A few desert marigold, daisies, some good desert globe mallow, sparse buckwheat, small desert chicory. Not a whole lot of Mexican gold poppy anywhere all day, and what ones I saw were mostly cinched up tight against the cold & recurrent deep cloud caused shadow.

Met a couple who were out last week, on the south end of Granite Mountain Trail, and they said the flowers were definitely better today compared to last week.

It will be awhile before I get pictures up, as I shot around 200.
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See extended report above.
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Mar 24 2020
tibber
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66 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2020
tibber
Hiking6.07 Miles 732 AEG
Hiking6.07 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.43 mph
732 ft AEG
 
Thx for reminders from Richard and Bruce, and since the wildflower season is still active, I went to NE Scottsdale after work. The traffic is such a breeze now so it makes these distant trailheads fast to get to but even better, I get home quicker as well after without starving.

This is my first visit to the revitalized TH and it looks pretty impressive. Trying to figure out where the trail now starts was a bit interesting and after I got by the buildings, I actually ended up going left at a new intersection vs right so I had to backtrack a bit. I already knew it wasn’t going to be as spectacular out here due to no poppy sightings on the drive in and from all the foxtail grass that was inundating the ground.

Nonetheless, it’s a nice hike no matter what; gotta love these Cadillac trails :) . And yes, we were a Cadillac family growing up. I used to drive a ’63 caddy in high school (in the early 70s), called her Bertha. Anyway, I digress. I continued on thru the always cool yucca section, then the big boulder section and then around to the south and west of Granite Mountain. The intersection with one of the trails where there was an abundance of flowers last year was void. However, on the north side of the trail there was a nice grouping of the usual suspects though not as overwhelming as last year.

As I continued on, I was still impressed with the grand mixture of the golden-yellow blooms of the Brittlebush and the intense red of the Chuparosa. It really was stunning 8) . That lasted for quite awhile and on both sides of the trail too. And as with most wildflower hikes, it’s much more impressive in person as it’s hard to photograph. I feel the movies, this year, are a much better reflection of the landscape.

And as was mentioned in previous trip logs this year, most of the flora is on this SE section of the Loop. The color seems to stop rather abruptly but that’s a good thing as I’m also trying to get in a good hike which is hard to do when there’s non-stop distractions. This west section has its own beauty too and you have nice views of the mountains across the way (Brown).
I would see occasional wildflowers such as lupine and poppies, some in big patches. The poppies were mostly far away but the lupine was closer to the trail.

As I rounded this back section, I was surprised to encounter an elderly couple. They didn’t seem the type that could handle a 6-mile loop. We made some comment about the birds don’t have the virus but recollected they had caused it in the past. They got off the trail quite a bit, I guess trying to keep their distance; if I had known I would have extended that courtesy but it’s not seemed to be an issue in all the hiking I’ve been doing the last ten days.

I continued on my merry way still bringing out the camera from time to time. Sadly, Route Scout pulled its “I’m not going to work for awhile so maybe you should consider investing in a separate GPS device” routine; but hopefully when I replace my phone, that won't be an issue. It worked fine the last two hikes. I’m wondering if I could find a cheap apple phone to use for Route Scout? Oh well. I have finally made it to the north side now and kept my eye out for that beautiful crested saguaro. Maybe someday I’ll extend my hike and go visit it.

Not much in the way of wildflowers over here really and that’s normally the case although the usual areas where I remember seeing them last year, I saw them this year. I made somewhat decent time here as I made my way east. I got some nice clear views of the Mazzies (zoomed view in movie mode) and I zoomed in for a couple photos of the dam and water behind it :D .

Up the little hill with a neat view to the Four Peaks I encountered a few bicyclers here before continuing on my way for the last mile or so. The Brittlebush are pretty on this section and it’s also in the shade a bit. There were some nice stances of lupine. Heading south you get nice views of the Supes too so I did a little zoom action between saguaros and such. Would love to go out in the western Supes again but the traffic is just too scary right now. So I’ll just have to enjoy from afar or watch some of my videos.

Once again, the color dries up a bit here but you still have stately saguaros and of course Granite Mountain. I would encounter about ½ dozen hikers as I made my way back to Bootlegger Trail and the TH. The light has changed a bit so the scenery is a little different. I thot it was interesting that the last few wildflower hikes I had done there was so much Globe Chamomile taking up valuable landscape and here it was the Foxtail Grass; either way, it’s too bad but what can you do? It does look like they are going to do some kind of trim work around the trailhead area to remove some dead trees.

A nice hike everyone can enjoy. There were at least a dozen bikers on the trail and maybe two dozen hikers which I thot was light compared to what I thot there would be. And every time I hike in this area, I think what fun it would be to ride a bike here. I didn’t think I would take that much video, as I have awesome video from last year (see the trip report https://hikearizona.com/x.php?I=4&ZTN=19207&UID=11058) but I did.

Video 1 - [ youtube video ]
Video 2 - [ youtube video ]
Video 3 - [ youtube video ]
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Fiddleneck, 1 Xmas Cholla, Lupine, Poppies, Cane Cholla, Lavendar, Heliotrope, Chia, Globe Mallow, Banana Yucca
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Mar 22 2020
kyleGChiker
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 Joined May 28 2019
 Phoenix, AZ
Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2020
kyleGChiker
Hiking6.72 Miles 702 AEG
Hiking6.72 Miles   2 Hrs   21 Mns   2.96 mph
702 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Went hiking with my mom to enjoy the beautiful Sunday afternoon together. We went at a fast pace to finish by sunset. Took the trail out to balanced rock to enjoy the sunset out there. It was gorgeous scenery!

Nice hike away from the crowds and away from the city. Favorite part was the last 2 miles (counter-clockwise loop). There are many saguaros and wildflowers on that section.
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Most of the flowers were on the south and west side of Granite Mountain. 6-8 species.
Mar 21 2020
The_Eagle
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 Guides 9
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Granite-Cholla-Browns loop, AZ 
Granite-Cholla-Browns loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking14.98 Miles 1,326 AEG
Hiking14.98 Miles   5 Hrs   9 Mns   3.18 mph
1,326 ft AEG      26 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Practicing SD, Joe and I did not hike together today.
I've had a sinus infection and some other stuff going on for the last 6+ weeks and even I don't want to hike with me.

I slept in and headed to the newly (for me) remodeled Granite Mountain TH. I was thinking it would be the least popular (least busy) in the Sonoran North Preserve. Maybe that was so, but it was plenty busy. I did a loop that went out to and up Browns Mountain

For those of you flower children out there, I suggest the 6.25 mile Granite Mountain Loop CCW, or just a shorter trip that includes the south side of Granite Mountain. I consider the flowers extreme there right now.

Brittle Bush, Owl Clover, Poppies, Fiddleneck, Scorpion weed, Fairy Duster, Blue Dicks, Chuperousa, Globe Mallow and many more. Adding a green desert and deep blue sky and puffy clouds, made this a memorable route today.

Lots-o-hikers, lots-o-bikers, 5 horses and drop dead gorgeous weather.

Be safe out there
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Brittle Bush, Owl Clover, Poppies, Fiddleneck, Scorpion weed, Fairy Duster, Blue Dicks, Chuperousa, Globe Mallow and many more
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Mar 01 2020
Nightstalker
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Mspn Mtb, AZ 
Mspn Mtb, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Mar 01 2020
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking16.20 Miles 1,083 AEG
Mtn Biking16.20 Miles   3 Hrs   16 Mns   7.42 mph
1,083 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Mountain bike ride at MSPN today with 100's of my closest hiking and mountain biking friends ;)
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Jan 16 2020
wolfman200
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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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1st trip
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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.
Jan 01 2020
mazatzal
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64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Black Hill Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2020
mazatzal
Hiking8.00 Miles 570 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs      3.00 mph
570 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
Black Hill- ServiceRd#4 - Dixileta - Whiskey Bottle - Turpentine - Bootlegger - Saddlehorn - Granite Mtn loop - Granite Mtn trail - Black Hill - Morning Vista - 136th St Express - Monument

Nice views to snowy Mazzies :)
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Dec 04 2019
Oregon_Hiker
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75 male
 Joined Dec 07 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Balanced Rock Loop - MSPN, AZ 
Balanced Rock Loop - MSPN, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 04 2019
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking4.31 Miles 345 AEG
Hiking4.31 Miles   2 Hrs   58 Mns   2.05 mph
345 ft AEG      52 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Having some guy time with my nine year-old grandson was overdue so we headed for the Granite Mountain Trailhead in the North McDowell Sonoran Preserve to do some hiking. The plan was to hike to Balanced Rock and we made a loop out of it by taking the Bootlegger Trail - Saddle Horn Trail - Granite Mtn Loop to the Balanced Rock Trail and then returning via the Powerline Road. The granite rock formations and views towards the Mazatzal Mtns make this one of my favorites for a local scenic desert hike.
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Nov 18 2019
Sun_Ray
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73 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Bootlegger Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 18 2019
Sun_Ray
Hiking3.00 Miles 163 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   53 Mns   1.59 mph
163 ft AEG
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Desert Awareness Committee DAC had planned hike lead by John Loleit the Natural Resource Coordinator for the Northern McDowell Sonoran Preserve. He discussed geology, flora, fauna.
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Oct 29 2019
LosDosSloFolks
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66 male
 Joined Feb 10 2019
 Cave Creek, AZ
Balanced Rock Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2019
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking4.28 Miles 510 AEG
Hiking4.28 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.85 mph
510 ft AEG      20 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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1st trip
A friend came into town from St. Louis and had seen a photo of Balanced Rock somewhere and asked to see it. So we took him to see it. :D His 80th B-Day is coming up and he sure didn't act his age. Mrs. SloFolks and myself knew we would have to hike at his pace, which we assumed would mean slowing down a tad. That wasn't the case at all. Old people Rock! :y:
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Oct 01 2019
LosDosSloFolks
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66 male
 Joined Feb 10 2019
 Cave Creek, AZ
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 17 2019
LosDosSloFolks
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66 male
 Joined Feb 10 2019
 Cave Creek, AZ
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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Mar 31 2019
Crzy4AZ
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48 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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1st trip
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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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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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