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Vaquero Trail - MSPN - 5 members in 23 triplogs have rated this an average 2.2 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jan 21 2020
LosDosSloFolks
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 Photos 1,212
 Triplogs 75

64 male
 Joined Feb 10 2019
 Cave Creek, Ariz
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. :)
Flora
Flora
Crucifixion Thorn
Fauna
Fauna
Phainopepla
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"In beauty happily I walk, With beauty before me I walk, With beauty behind me I walk, With beauty all around me I walk"
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Nov 09 2019
Sun_Ray
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 Routes 7
 Photos 820
 Triplogs 1,054

71 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Latigo Trail Loop, AZ 
Latigo Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2019
Sun_Ray
Hiking5.03 Miles 291 AEG
Hiking5.03 Miles   1 Hour   48 Mns   2.93 mph
291 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
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With Judy and Kai this morning at Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Brown’s Ranch TH. Browns Ranch Road - Vaquero - Whisky Bottle - Latigo. Saw Chris’s ride with HAZ decal and lots of Steeler stuff in the first parking stall so he must have gotten an early start. Could not have asked for better weather this morning.
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Brian
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday......there is no SOMEDAY!
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Jan 17 2019
mazatzal
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 Routes 32
 Photos 2,244
 Triplogs 1,109

62 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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Jan 14 2018
mazatzal
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 Routes 32
 Photos 2,244
 Triplogs 1,109

62 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
 no routes
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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Jan 29 2017
mazatzal
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 Routes 32
 Photos 2,244
 Triplogs 1,109

62 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 :)
Fauna
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Mule Deer
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Culture
Cadastral Survey Marker
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Jan 17 2017
New2hyk
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 Photos 5,652
 Triplogs 236

53 female
 Joined Jan 04 2012
 scottsdale, AZ
Brown's Ranch Road Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2017
New2hyk
Hiking4.50 Miles 128 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles
128 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
 no routes
Partners none no partners
Went on botany hike with our botanist steve jones. Lot of stewards and public were in the group. Total of 51 showed up :D . Very popular :D among stewards and nonstewards. I learned a lot. Day was a bit cloudy but very comfortable temps. Amazing hike overall :y:
I learned that APS buried lines under 118th st and revegetated with non native desert plants.
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Oct 19 2016
Sun_Ray
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 Routes 7
 Photos 820
 Triplogs 1,054

71 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Latigo Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2016
Sun_Ray
Hiking5.20 Miles 210 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   3.00 mph
210 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
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After trailhead host duties at Brown's Ranch from 7-9 AM I hiked the following: Latigo-Whiskey Bottle-Powerline-Vaquero-Brown's Ranch Road.
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Brian
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday......there is no SOMEDAY!
May 03 2016
RowdyandMe
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 Guides 6
 Routes 358
 Photos 15,961
 Triplogs 1,775

66 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Green Valley, AZ
Vaquero Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 03 2016
RowdyandMe
Hiking5.77 Miles 411 AEG
Hiking5.77 Miles   2 Hrs   31 Mns   2.64 mph
411 ft AEG      20 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Well had some business to take care in Scottsdale so I brought Rowdy with me to do a hike afterwards. And no I did not leave him in the car, he went with me to take care of business.
It was a little warm out but as we hike the sun got lower and the shade got greater.
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Rowdy and Widowmaker
Jan 24 2016
cw50must
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 Routes 2
 Photos 3,237
 Triplogs 262

43 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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Jan 24 2016
mazatzal
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 Routes 32
 Photos 2,244
 Triplogs 1,109

62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Another meander in MSPN, AZ 
Another meander in MSPN, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2016
mazatzal
Hiking9.90 Miles 656 AEG
Hiking9.90 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   2.38 mph
656 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Headed back to McDowell Sonoran Preserve North :roll: Did a couple of loops. Stumbled across what I think is the Granite Azimuth Mark about 2 miles from Granite Benchmark :o

Hackamore Tr :next: Rustler Tr :next: Wrangler Tr :next: Vaquero Tr :next: Watershed Tr :next: Maverick Tr :next: Cholla Mtn Loop Tr :next: Dry Gulch Tr :next: Corral Tr :next: Brown’s Ranch Rd :next: Upper Ranch Tr :next: Cone Mtn Tr :next: Upper Ranch Tr
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Azimuth Mark
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Nov 21 2015
Crzy4AZ
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 Guides 31
 Routes 96
 Photos 2,617
 Triplogs 596

46 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Brown's Ranch Road Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2015
Crzy4AZ
Hiking6.70 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking6.70 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   2.68 mph
200 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
This was a MSC Steward only fundraising hike for the Conservancy. Caroline and I hiked together and raised $700 from 25 donors! Advertising for the event encouraged hiking crazy hat or costume - - so of course Caroline and I both got our capes on and Wonder Woman gear. However we were the only ones in the hike or bike category that dressed up. Our capes had shredded edges by the end of the hike with all the cactus and wind combo.

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

Proud of Caroline for raising so much money - helping me make the letter to ask for donations - talking to her friends' parents - and writing thank you notes to all our donors. Good life lessons there about volunteering and protecting land from development.
Culture
Culture
Hohokam Mano and Metate
Named place
Named place
Brown's Mountain - Scottsdale MSP
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Mar 22 2015
RowdyandMe
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 Guides 6
 Routes 358
 Photos 15,961
 Triplogs 1,775

66 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Green Valley, AZ
Brown's Mountain Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2015
RowdyandMe
Hiking8.89 Miles 512 AEG
Hiking8.89 Miles   4 Hrs   31 Mns   2.41 mph
512 ft AEG      50 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
It was a beautiful afternoon for a hike. I did not have a hike planned so Rowdy and I just started hiking and this how we ended up. The weather was very nice and the crowds were small perfect. We started out on the Latigo Trail and the rest is history. I did notice such a difference in this hike from the one we did yesterday. The plants were not the same even though the trails were not that far apart.
Culture
Culture
Cag Shot HAZ Decal
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
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Rowdy and Widowmaker
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Mar 04 2015
New2hyk
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 Photos 5,652
 Triplogs 236

53 female
 Joined Jan 04 2012
 scottsdale, AZ
Maverick Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2015
New2hyk
Hiking6.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
300 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Trying to balance gardening with hiking this month. Glad I can do some hiking today.
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Feb 09 2015
trekkin_gecko
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 Guides 5
 Routes 352
 Photos 4,256
 Triplogs 2,719

61 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Fraesfield Mountain, AZ 
Fraesfield Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2015
trekkin_gecko
Hiking9.33 Miles 847 AEG
Hiking9.33 Miles   3 Hrs   2 Mns   3.25 mph
847 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
1st trip
today's hike was a mash up of a few other haz member ideas
flying_fliver has a summit of fraesfield peak, which according to the northern region map, is the fifth highest:
granite mountain 3526
cholla mountain 3406
brown's mountain 3253
cone mountain 3061
fraesfield mountain 3055
i've been on top of the other four, so thought this one would be fun
have recently enjoyed triplogs from sunray, crazy4az and neilends who have or are trying to complete all the trails up here
first time hiking from fraesfield trailhead
whiskey bottle trail, off trail to the peak, back on whiskey bottle
did a loop of watershed, maverick and vaquero
powerline road to yucca, then back on whiskey bottle
did the full length of whiskey bottle, maverick and yucca
a peak and three new trails made for an interesting hike
fraesfield mountain is easy off trail, only about a quarter mile and 400 feet up
something different, although i like the trails originating from 136th better (terrain with boulders)
will most likely do a trail run on some of the others next time
nice day, pleasant hike in pretty desert :)
*posted my route in case hikebot is missing anything
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Feb 07 2015
New2hyk
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 Photos 5,652
 Triplogs 236

53 female
 Joined Jan 04 2012
 scottsdale, AZ
Vaquero Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2015
New2hyk
Hiking5.70 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles
200 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Clockwise loop using vaquero-whiskey bottle-latigo. Weather was great. Sunny and 80s. Can't believe this is February. :y:
Cardinals are singing today. Saw 2 hunting parties of Harris hawks. Overall a great hike.
Flora
Flora
Saguaro - Crested
Culture
Culture
Aircraft
Meteorology
Meteorology
Moon
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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Feb 01 2015
RowdyandMe
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 Guides 6
 Routes 358
 Photos 15,961
 Triplogs 1,775

66 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Green Valley, AZ
MSPT-North, AZ 
MSPT-North, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2015
RowdyandMe
Hiking7.84 Miles 636 AEG
Hiking7.84 Miles   4 Hrs   38 Mns   2.05 mph
636 ft AEG      48 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
Wow what a beautiful afternoon for a hike. I think today I saw more hawks than ever before. Rowdy had a great time with all the pools of water. We took a few breaks watching people walk by us but they never saw us awesome.
I really had no plan for my hike other than parking at Brown's Ranch Trailhead. I think I may have agitated my ankle on yesterdays hike but I do see my surgeon tomorrow and hopefully get more painkillers. The hike started out great and ended the same way. It was a fun and easy hike and great views all around.
Flora
Flora
Saguaro
Named place
Named place
Brown's Mountain - Scottsdale MSP
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Jan 04 2015
RowdyandMe
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 Guides 6
 Routes 358
 Photos 15,961
 Triplogs 1,775

66 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Green Valley, AZ
Latigo Trail Loop-MSPN, AZ 
Latigo Trail Loop-MSPN, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2015
RowdyandMe
Hiking6.37 Miles 429 AEG
Hiking6.37 Miles   3 Hrs   29 Mns   2.17 mph
429 ft AEG      33 Mns Break7 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Today the trailhead was busy and it was busy when I left. :o Must be the weather just to nice to stay at home. Rowdy and I hit the trail around noon and I decided on the Latigo Trail but I did not want a simple in and out type of hike. So I looked at the map that I was given at Pinnacle Peak. This was a interesting loop for me as I played a little with my camera after Pam told a few things that I could do with it. I hope everyone likes my pictures :sl: .
As we headed up 118th St Trail I let Rowdy of leash for a bit as we were all alone for awhile. Rowdy decided to go off trail after some birds and before I knew it two deer jump out of nowhere and just started running. And they were faster running than I was trying to get my camera out and get a picture.
We headed up Vaquero Trail next and stopped for a water break. As Rowdy drank his water and eat my beef jerky about a dozen or so bike riders came by, so back on the leash for the rest of this trail.
But once we hit the Wrangler Trail is was back on leash off leash for Rowdy. He Really is turning into a good hiking buddy. He will run ahead of me but always stops just to make sure he can see me and if not he comes running back for me,I just love him. Once we hit the Upper Ranch Trail it was back on the leash. But as soon as we hit the Rustler Trail it was back off all the way back to the trailhead. After that we pulled to the horse trailer parking lot and he had some more water and some chicken and well I had a couple of beers as we took a break.
But as I sat there enjoy my cold adult beverage I saw some king of animal up on this rock formation. I am not sure what it was but it was pretty big for any animal I could think of but it move quickly. Ill have to go back and get closer and maybe I'll get lucking and get a picture. Any thats how my hike went.
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Rowdy and Widowmaker
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Jan 01 2015
mazatzal
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 Routes 32
 Photos 2,244
 Triplogs 1,109

62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
McDowell Sonoran Preserve North Region, AZ 
McDowell Sonoran Preserve North Region, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2015
mazatzal
Hiking11.70 Miles 1,650 AEG
Hiking11.70 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   2.46 mph
1,650 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
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Wow! We headed out to MSP North to check out the white stuff :y: there was quite a bit on the flora and boulders but it was all gone by about noon. It was cold and fairly quiet perhaps the two were related? (30 at the start and 36 at the end)

Hackamore Tr :next: Rustler Tr :next: Wrangler Tr :next: Vaquero Tr :next: Watershed Tr :next: Maverick Tr :next: Cholla Mtn Loop Tr :next: Dry Gulch Tr :next: Corral Tr :next: Brown’s Ranch Rd :next: Upper Ranch Tr :next: Cone Mtn Tr :next: Upper Ranch Tr
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Flora
Barrel Cactus
Named place
Named place
Brown's Mountain - Scottsdale MSP
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Nov 29 2014
mazatzal
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 Routes 32
 Photos 2,244
 Triplogs 1,109

62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
McDowell Sonoran Preserve North, AZ 
McDowell Sonoran Preserve North, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 29 2014
mazatzal
Hiking8.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.59 mph
800 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
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Easy to make a loop at short notice out here :)

Brown's Ranch TH :next: Latigo :next: 118th :next: Vaquero :next: Brown's Ranch :next: Upper Ranch :next: Cone Mtn :next: Hackamore :next: Brown's Ranch TH
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Oct 10 2014
Crzy4AZ
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 Guides 31
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 Photos 2,617
 Triplogs 596

46 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Maverick to Amphitheater loop MSP, AZ 
Maverick to Amphitheater loop MSP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2014
Crzy4AZ
Hiking4.35 Miles 235 AEG
Hiking4.35 Miles
235 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Friday off work - exploring loop options around Brown's Ranch.

Maverick to marker MV2 - cuts back to Cholla Mountain Loop trail - then up to the Amphitheater spur and back around to Brown's Ranch trailhead via Watershed and Vaquero
Named place
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Granite Mountain - MSP
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