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Maverick Trail - MSPN - 9 members in 40 triplogs have rated this an average 2.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 21 2021
mazatzal
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 Routes 34
 Photos 2,417
 Triplogs 1,167

64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Latigo Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 21 2021
mazatzal
Hiking9.00 Miles 900 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   4 Hrs      2.51 mph
900 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
Latigo :next: Rustler :next: Upper ranch :next: Wrangler :next: Vaquero :next: Watershed :next: Maverick :next: Cholla Mtn loop :next: Balanced Rock :next: Chuck Wagon :next: Brown Ranch Rd
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Apr 03 2021
Booneman
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 Guides 9
 Routes 33
 Photos 736
 Triplogs 3,636

40 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Rustler Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Apr 03 2021
Booneman
Run/Jog10.25 Miles 513 AEG
Run/Jog10.25 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   7.24 mph
513 ft AEG
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1st trip
Great morning run in the preserve, one of my favorite things to do in all of Phoenix!

Saw my first diamondback of the season on Rustler.
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Mar 21 2020
The_Eagle
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 Guides 9
 Routes 805
 Photos 10,311
 Triplogs 1,630

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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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Brittle Bush, Owl Clover, Poppies, Fiddleneck, Scorpion weed, Fairy Duster, Blue Dicks, Chuperousa, Globe Mallow and many more
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Jan 21 2020
LosDosSloFolks
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 Photos 1,931
 Triplogs 221

66 male
 Joined Feb 10 2019
 Cave Creek, AZ
SloFolks In the Mist, AZ 
SloFolks In the Mist, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking6.55 Miles 440 AEG
Hiking6.55 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   2.62 mph
440 ft AEG      15 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Woke up to a nice rain this morning and the weather prognosticators said it would end by 10am. We went to the MSPN Browns Ranch Trailhead at 11am and not long into our hike the cloud cover dropped down to about 100' AGL and a heavy mist started. It was not too bad to hike in and it gave the desert quite a beautiful look.

As soon as we got about 3 miles out the temps dropped 20 degrees and the mist turned into a wind driven light rain. I had a waterproof top on but soon we were pretty well wet and cold. We took cover under a rock ledge outcropping to eat and dry off a little. On the ground were maybe six metates ground into the bedrock. The Hohokam people apparently used this shelter 800 years ago to grind mesquite beans out of the sun.

This northern section of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve is huge. We've hiked up here from two of the four trailheads on many occasions and have only scratched the surface of the plethora of trails provided. The tread has been in superb shape on every trail we've been on. The whole area is granite so the trails are nice and sticky.

As we made our way back towards our car we had to pass under the high tension power lines which parallel a dirt road near the trailhead. The 100% humidity and rain had the lines buzzing so loud it was spooky. The buzz was so loud it was echoing off of the wet ground and bushes at our feet. Cathy made the sign of the cross and we double timed it under the wires. :)
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Mar 17 2019
GrottoGirl
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 Guides 3
 Routes 314
 Photos 11,581
 Triplogs 1,359

46 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Browns Ranch Explore, AZ 
Browns Ranch Explore, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Mar 17 2019
GrottoGirl
Mtn Biking15.54 Miles 982 AEG
Mtn Biking15.54 Miles   3 Hrs   44 Mns   4.88 mph
982 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Fun ride for my friend's birthday!
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Jan 17 2019
mazatzal
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 Routes 34
 Photos 2,417
 Triplogs 1,167

64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Latigo Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2019
mazatzal
Hiking9.00 Miles 840 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   3.18 mph
840 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
Loop in MSPN:
Latigo - Hackamore - Rustler - Wrangler - Vaquero - Power - Watershed - Maverick - Cholla Mtn loop - Balanced Rock - Chuck Wagon - Browns Ranch Rd
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Dec 29 2018
LindaAnn
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 Guides 65
 Routes 407
 Photos 4,548
 Triplogs 1,377

41 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Maverick-Cholla-Chuckwagon loop MSPN, AZ 
Maverick-Cholla-Chuckwagon loop MSPN, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2018
LindaAnn
Hiking7.64 Miles 401 AEG
Hiking7.64 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   2.26 mph
401 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
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1st trip
Started from Brown's Ranch TH and took the road to Maverick Trail. Cold and windy to start--one kid may have accused me of child abuse. He got over it after a couple of miles. From Maverick, took Cholla north to Cathedral Rock, where the kids took a lunch break, then we backtracked south on Cholla to the Ampitheater and continued over to Balanced Rock. The kids took another break at Balanced Rock, then we took Chuckwagon back to the trailhead. Lots of people out by the time we finished. The kids were excited to pet some horses not too far from the trailhead. Once the wind had died down, the cool weather felt great.
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Jan 14 2018
mazatzal
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 Routes 34
 Photos 2,417
 Triplogs 1,167

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 02 2017
mazatzal
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 Routes 34
 Photos 2,417
 Triplogs 1,167

64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
MSPN loop, AZ 
MSPN loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2017
mazatzal
Hiking14.00 Miles 890 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   2.47 mph
890 ft AEG
 
Decided to check out the new extended Stagecoach trail.

Browns Ranch - Maverick - Cholla Mtn loop - Stagecoach - Malpais - Hawknest - Browns Ranch - Upper Ranch

Saw a juniper at ~2850' on the new section. There are a few in MSPN.
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Jul 30 2017
Booneman
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 Guides 9
 Routes 33
 Photos 736
 Triplogs 3,636

40 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Black Hill Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jul 30 2017
Booneman
Run/Jog12.00 Miles 532 AEG
Run/Jog12.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   8.00 mph
532 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Big lasso loop from Fraesfield trailhead, starting on the Black Hill trail.
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Mar 19 2017
syoung
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 Guides 6
 Routes 23
 Photos 1,125
 Triplogs 593

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
 no routesno photosets
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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Jan 29 2017
mazatzal
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 Routes 34
 Photos 2,417
 Triplogs 1,167

64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
McDowell Preserve North, AZ 
McDowell Preserve North, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2017
mazatzal
Hiking11.00 Miles 1,080 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   4 Hrs   55 Mns   2.44 mph
1,080 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
We were short on time today due to other commitments so we did a loop in MSPN :lol:
Whiskey Bottle - Latino - 118th St - Vaquero - Maverick - Watershed - Cholla Mtn Loop - Chuck aagon - Powerline - Yucca - Dixeleta - Service Rd #4 - Black Hill
Saw 4 deer :)
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May 21 2016
Booneman
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 Guides 9
 Routes 33
 Photos 736
 Triplogs 3,636

40 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Maverick Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar May 21 2016
Booneman
Run/Jog8.80 Miles 405 AEG
Run/Jog8.80 Miles   1 Hour   11 Mns   7.44 mph
405 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Brian and I got in a nice run from Brown's Ranch and saw a Gila Monster on the Maverick Trail
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Apr 09 2016
hikerdw
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 Routes 165
 Photos 2,829
 Triplogs 488

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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Mar 27 2016
mazatzal
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 Routes 34
 Photos 2,417
 Triplogs 1,167

64 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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Mar 27 2016
Crzy4AZ
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 Guides 31
 Routes 96
 Photos 2,643
 Triplogs 605

48 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Watershed Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2016
Crzy4AZ
Hiking6.43 Miles 340 AEG
Hiking6.43 Miles   2 Hrs   19 Mns   2.95 mph
340 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
Second hike of the day. From Brown's Ranch TH. Latigo :next: 118th :next: Watershed :next: Cholla Mtn loop :next: amphitheatre :next: Cathedral Rock :next: cut over MV2 marker to Maverick :next: Brown's Ranch Road.

This is a favorite loop of mine. Keeps you off the main busy Brown's Ranch Road. Started hike at 3:45pm and temp was nice.

Easter sunday at Cathedral Rock.... great place to worship.
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globemallow, hedgehog cactus, banana yucca
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Mar 13 2016
Booneman
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 Guides 9
 Routes 33
 Photos 736
 Triplogs 3,636

40 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Balanced Rock Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2016
Booneman
Hiking16.00 Miles 609 AEG
Hiking16.00 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   8.21 mph
609 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Peter and I went out for our Sunday staple of singletrack from Brown's Ranch. We did a small 4-mile loop on Maverick a longer, 12-mile out to balanced rock. That may be the best section for running, and the scenery might be at it's best with all the wildflowers.
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Feb 21 2016
Booneman
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 Guides 9
 Routes 33
 Photos 736
 Triplogs 3,636

40 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 31 2016
Booneman
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 Guides 9
 Routes 33
 Photos 736
 Triplogs 3,636

40 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Hawk's Nest Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jan 31 2016
Booneman
Run/Jog18.00 Miles 661 AEG
Run/Jog18.00 Miles   2 Hrs   7 Mns   8.50 mph
661 ft AEG
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Will and I went out for a final long run before he heads back to Oregon on Wednesday. We ran a huge loop from Brown's Ranch all the way up to the northern-most corner of the preserve where Stagecoach Road dead ends at the Tonto National Forest. It was a perfect day and a smooth run.
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Jan 24 2016
cw50must
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 Guides 11
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44 male
 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Brown's Ranch Road Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jan 24 2016
cw50must
Mtn Biking8.20 Miles 469 AEG
Mtn Biking8.20 Miles
469 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Introduced the trails at Brown's Ranch to my girlfriend. We hit up amphitheater and balanced rock on our ride.
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average hiking speed 2.63 mph
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