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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
 
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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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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
 
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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 29 2017
KBKB
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 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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Oct 03 2017
RowdyandMe
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65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Coyote Canyon Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2017
RowdyandMe
Hiking11.22 Miles 715 AEG
Hiking11.22 Miles   4 Hrs   38 Mns   2.51 mph
715 ft AEG      10 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Mar 11 2017
mt98dew
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Branding Iron Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Mar 11 2017
mt98dew
Run/Jog10.01 Miles 107 AEG
Run/Jog10.01 Miles   1 Hour   49 Mns   5.51 mph
107 ft AEG
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First legitimate run of the year. I went to one of my favorite area to jog in, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. I wanted to get a loop in, involving the Branding Iron Trail. Started from the Brown's Ranch TH. I took Brown Ranch Road tr - Corral - Dry Gulch - Cholla - Branding Iron - Granite Mountain - Balancing Rock - Powerline Rd #2 - and then back on Brown Ranch Road Tr. Nice loop. A little rougher than I anticipated, but not too surprising since I haven't run in a couple of months. Great trails! Beautiful scenery, especially so, considering there is very little elevation change. Saw 2 deer. I would have missed them but a biker brought them to my attention. Encountered 4 bikers, a trail runner and a horsewoman. She was actually out, looking for a horse, who had gotten away. :( He fully this is the beginning of many runs this year.
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Feb 24 2017
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71 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
North Diablo Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2017
Sun_Ray
Hiking9.19 Miles 518 AEG
Hiking9.19 Miles   3 Hrs   59 Mns   2.87 mph
518 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
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As a member of the 'All Trails Club' in the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, whenever a new map comes out with addtional trails I need to hike them to maintain my membership. I've been putting off North and South Diablo as they are about equal distance from most of the tailheads and farther than I've wanted to hike. North and South Diablo are designed with mountain bikers in mind as they both have black diamond rated areas. Decided to park near the corner of 135th St and Dove Valley and go in at a step over in the fence. This is what Judy and I ended up doing: Dove Valley Trail, Cow Poke, Granite Mountain Loop, Branding Iron, S.Diablo, N. Diablo, The Divide, Branding Iron, Granite Mountain Loop and Dove Valley. The Diablo trails are not marked with mileage markers as there is not room on the map and there are several small loop on both trails. I did a real poor job of estimating the mileage in the area to be about a mile and it turned out to be 3.5! So my planned 6+ hike turned into 9+. We had the time and water so no big deal. I've now completed all the new trials in the Northern section of Brown's Ranch area. A new trailhead at the corner of Dynamite and Pima Rd will open sometime in 2018....so I've got some time before I have new trials to hike.
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Jan 22 2017
mazatzal
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62 male
 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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Oct 04 2016
mazatzal
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62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Renegade - Diablos - Desperado, AZ 
Renegade - Diablos - Desperado, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2016
mazatzal
Hiking10.20 Miles 556 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.45 mph
556 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Back to MSPN :roll:

Barb’s :next: Dove Valley :next: Renegade :next: High Desert :next: The Divide :next: N. Diablo :next: S. Diablo :next: Branding Iron :next: Granite Mountain Loop :next: Coyote Canyon :next: Desperado :next: Renegade :next: 136th Express :next: Barb’s

Saw 2 mountain bikers and some evidence of motor bikes coming in from 136th St :(
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Aug 10 2016
RowdyandMe
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 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Renegade Trail MSPN, AZ 
Renegade Trail MSPN, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2016
RowdyandMe
Hiking11.17 Miles 791 AEG
Hiking11.17 Miles   5 Hrs   42 Mns   2.72 mph
791 ft AEG   1 Hour   36 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Well after pm Laurie I decided to hit the end of 136st and see what was out there. I checked out the little map box but all that was in it was rules on what to do and what not to do for atv's. And of course driving to the end of the road I did notice where it washed out from the last storm and decided Granite Mountain Trailhead was the safe bet.
When I got back to the trailhead it was empty. I really had no game plan as to where I was going to hike so I just started hiking.
I ended up starting on 136st Express and just keep going until I came across a sign that read Bards Trail then I hit it. It ended in the Old Paint Wash and that's when I seen the sign for Renegade Trail and I jumped on it. I will have to say this is my new favorite trail in the MSPN. This trail runs up and along a few small hills. these hills have great views on both sides. I got to come back in the fall and spend more time exploring all these new trail.
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Mar 27 2016
mazatzal
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62 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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Saguaro - Crested
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Mar 04 2016
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 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
The Divide Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Mar 04 2016
Crzy4AZ
Hiking8.24 Miles 289 AEG
Hiking8.24 Miles   2 Hrs   57 Mns   2.98 mph
289 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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WOW - The Divide is a gorgeous trail!!! Hard to access in a day hike during school hours. But I found a way. Parked at Granite Mountain Trailhead. Called Uber cab and paid $17 to get up to the last house on Stagecoach Road. Took Powerline Trail #1 to Dove Valley then down The Divide. Lots of little rock formations. Found a fire ring - so stupid WTF. Saw old signs with yielding for jeeps, motorcycles, etc. from when this was AZGF Multi-Use Granite Mtn area.

Spotted a double crested saguaro on Branding Iron (in retrospect I had seen it before but mistook it for the Coyote Canyon double crested -but is way different not sure what I was thinking).

Made it back home in time to clean up - power nap - caffeine - then school pick up! Life as a Mom-hiker.
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Booneman
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 Chandler, AZ
Coyote Canyon Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
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Booneman
Run/Jog18.50 Miles 881 AEG
Run/Jog18.50 Miles   2 Hrs   21 Mns   7.87 mph
881 ft AEG
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Another great loop run in the MSPN, this time starting from Fraesfield.
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Jan 31 2016
mazatzal
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 Scottsdale, AZ
McDowell Preserve North, AZ 
McDowell Preserve North, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2016
mazatzal
Hiking9.80 Miles 551 AEG
Hiking9.80 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   2.50 mph
551 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
Another loop in MSPN. We gotta find another place to hike :lol: Definitely next week :)

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Jan 21 2016
LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Bootlegger Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2016
LindaAnn
Hiking9.47 Miles 555 AEG
Hiking9.47 Miles   3 Hrs   51 Mns   2.63 mph
555 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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Met Larry for a hike this morning, he suggested Granite Mtn, which was fine with me since my kids had a long day at school today. We met at the trailhead at about 9:30, and got started. We made a wide loop around Granite Mtn on the trails listed above. The scenery was beautiful, and it was a very nice day to be outside.
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Saguaro - Crested
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RowdyandMe
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65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Big Granite Mountain Loop, AZ 
Big Granite Mountain Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2016
RowdyandMe
Hiking10.01 Miles 793 AEG
Hiking10.01 Miles   3 Hrs   49 Mns   2.81 mph
793 ft AEG      15 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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What a perfect day for a nice little hike. I met Linda at the Granite Mountain Trailhead. This was her first time here so I decided to show her some of my favorite areas. The temperature was very nice with a nice welcome breeze.
We started at the Bootlegger Trail and worked our way to the Balanced Rock then continued to the Cholla Mtn Loop Trail. From here we connected to the Branding Iron Trail where I pointed out a Crested Saguaro along they as the trail became the Granite Mountain Loop Trail. We stayed on this trail until we reached the Coyote Canyon Trail turn off and head down it. I took Linda to the nice size Crested Saguaro that's on this trail. And it was time for Rowdy to take a water break of course in the shade.
I figured while we were here to take a little side trip down Soapberry Wash Trail to checkout the Michelin Man Saguaro. From here we went back and finished the Coyote Canyon Trail and head back to the trailhead so Linda could pick up her little ones from school. We did have the pleasure of also see two Cardinals. Just a really nice smooth little hike.
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Dec 13 2015
mazatzal
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62 male
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 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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Oct 04 2015
Booneman
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 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Whiskey Bottle Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Oct 04 2015
Booneman
Run/Jog13.00 Miles 568 AEG
Run/Jog13.00 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   7.65 mph
568 ft AEG
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After waiting out the rain, I created an impromptu loop through the Northern section of the preserve. I started from Fraesfield and headed out on Whiskey Bottle towards Cholla Mountain. I ran around the upper portion of both Cholla and Granite to the 136th ST Express Trail all the way back to Fraesfield. Awesome loop!
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Sep 12 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2015
Nightstalker
Hiking10.10 Miles 684 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   3.24 mph
684 ft AEG      18 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
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I joined the Trail Mix meetup hikers this morning for a 10 mile hike in the Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve from Granite Mountain trailhead. Did the Granite Mountain loop with a side trip to Cathedral rock and Balance rock.
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 Deer Valley, AZ
MSPT-North, AZ 
MSPT-North, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2015
RowdyandMe
Hiking8.56 Miles 682 AEG
Hiking8.56 Miles   4 Hrs   38 Mns   2.24 mph
682 ft AEG      49 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
Well i hit the trail at about 11am and was lucking to find a parking spot. I am not sure whats going on but it seems like every place is busy right now.
There were all kinds of people out today. I saw bike riders and groups of hikers plus some climbers and horseback riders. The weather was nice and Rowdy and I really enjoyed the cool breeze as did a lot of other people. When we got back to the trailhead there were just a few cars left. All n' all Rowdy and I really had a great day together.
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