Another couple of loops in MSPC and MSPN. Started from Fraesfiled TH and did a loop in central area and then a loop in the northern area. Saw a dead coyote It was near a road so I guess it was perhaps hit by a vehicle and then moved off to the side near the trail.
Central area was pretty quiet with 2 hikers and 2 bikers. The north was busier with 7 hikers and 15 bikers.
I started at the Fraesfield TH and did the north half of the Gooseneck Trail, along with the Redbird Trail and the various Service Road trails along the way. It took me 2 hours to notice that after I had only seen 1 biker and 2 trail runners that probably because of Easter no one was on the trails today. I saw a few more people the 2nd half of the hike, but still much less than a usual Sunday. This trail isn't bad, it has some nice views of the McDowells and some taller vegetation. Nice to get out for a local hike before the weather gets too hot.
I started out at the Fraesfield TH. I was the only vehicle in the lot. I headed down the Gooseneck trail to where I left off the previous week.
I explored Redbird / service road connectors before heading back on the Redbird trail. When I went past the Fraesfield TH, the lot was half full. The mountain bikers came out in full-force at 10am.
I headed North by taking:
Granite Mtn Loop trail
Cow Poke Trail
Dove Valley trail
I explored on the old BLM roads that are now part of the preserve. I went the Tonto forest Granite MNT boundary. There are numerous old BLM roads in this area. It looks like there are plans for a numerous new trails. I seen a bunch flagging for new trails.
On the way back I took the new Coyote Canyon trail. This trail is a loop that connects the Dove Valley trail with the Granite Mtn. Loop trail. The Coyote trail starts off is a cool canyon. It's about 90% done. The trail sign is taped on a post and one of intersections has a post without a sign.
I took the following trails back:
Granite Mtn. Loop trail
136 Street Express trail
Morning Vista trail
Black Hills trail
The weather was perfect. Even though you're in a city park, you can get to the middle of no-where and explore. The Tonto Forest connection opens up a lot of possibilities.
Continue to hike the trails I need to complete all the trails in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Started on 128th street .1 miles North of where Ranch Gate Rd runs into 128th on the way into Toms Thumb Trailhead. I parked on an open area near a walled off utility station and walked to the place where Gooseneck Trail crosses 128th St. Gooseneck Redbird Trail Service Rd #3 Service Rd #2 and back Gooseneck back to the car. It's counter clockwise loop with Service Rd #2 out/back to take care of all the trails on the West side of 128th St. Hiked several short spurs that went over to the preserve boundary. Saw 3 single mountain bikers with my 8:45 AM start.
115 miles of 133 completed.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday......there is no SOMEDAY!
average hiking speed 2.68 mph
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