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Feb 25 2017
mazatzal
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 Routes 33
 Photos 2,273
 Triplogs 1,126

63 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
MSPC lasso loop, AZ 
MSPC lasso loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2017
mazatzal
Hiking6.50 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.69 mph
600 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Short on time today so I did a quick loop in MSP Central.
Gooseneck - Service Rd #2 - Redbird and back on Gooseneck.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
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Jan 03 2016
mazatzal
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 Routes 33
 Photos 2,273
 Triplogs 1,126

63 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
McDowell Preserve Central & Northern Loops, AZ 
McDowell Preserve Central & Northern Loops, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 03 2016
mazatzal
Hiking12.60 Miles 820 AEG
Hiking12.60 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   3.29 mph
820 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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.

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Apr 05 2015
DarthStiller
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 Guides 25
 Routes 325
 Photos 6,933
 Triplogs 519

51 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Gooseneck Trail - MSPCPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 05 2015
DarthStiller
Hiking10.70 Miles 430 AEG
Hiking10.70 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   2.57 mph
430 ft AEG
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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.
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Feb 14 2015
New2hyk
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 Photos 5,652
 Triplogs 236

54 female
 Joined Jan 04 2012
 scottsdale, AZ
Redbird Trail - MSPCPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 14 2015
New2hyk
Hiking3.20 Miles 35 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles
35 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Did a loop hike from Redbird to service rd 2 to gooseneck from 128th st. Rock formations are neat to look at. Today's theme is thrashers and wrens. Gorgeous weather.
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Troon Mountain
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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Jan 19 2015
topohiker
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 Guides 14
 Routes 113
 Photos 4,491
 Triplogs 2,070

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 Joined Oct 29 2005
 Scottsdale, AZ
McDowell Sonoran Wandering, AZ 
McDowell Sonoran Wandering, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2015
topohiker
Hiking33.24 Miles 2,304 AEG
Hiking33.24 Miles   12 Hrs   25 Mns   3.09 mph
2,304 ft AEG   1 Hour   40 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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:
Blackhills trail
Bootlegger trail
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
Bootlegger 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.
Flora
Flora
Saguaro - Crested
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Jan 16 2015
Crzy4AZ
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 Guides 31
 Routes 96
 Photos 2,637
 Triplogs 599

47 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Central region multitrail MSP, AZ 
Central region multitrail MSP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2015
Crzy4AZ
Hiking9.92 Miles 461 AEG
Hiking9.92 Miles   3 Hrs   43 Mns   3.12 mph
461 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
ATC Challenge update: 122/133.4

I have now done every trail and every tiny little connector in the Central Region of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. :D Not difficult at all but takes some planning to not back-track and repeat trails.

Service Road #1 :next: Service Road #3 :next: Redbird Trail :next: Gooseneck trail :next: Saguaro Nest Trail :next: county connectors (gets you to Pemberton trail intersection with Delsie trail) :next: Service Road #1.

Redbird Trail is a pretty area and Saguaro Nest trail is relatively lush with lots of palo verde shade and grass underneath the canopy.

Surprised to see about 3 hikers/dog walkers and 6 bikers. Glad that people are starting to learn about this area of the Preserve.
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Jan 15 2015
Sun_Ray
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 Routes 7
 Photos 892
 Triplogs 1,087

72 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Gooseneck Trail - MSPCPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 15 2015
Sun_Ray
Hiking6.24 Miles 290 AEG
Hiking6.24 Miles   2 Hrs   14 Mns   2.79 mph
290 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
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 :next: Redbird Trail :next: Service Rd #3 :next: Service Rd #2 and back :next: 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.
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average hiking speed 2.68 mph

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