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Hawknest Trail - MSPN - 7 members in 65 triplogs have rated this an average 3.4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Aug 29 2020
DarthStiller
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 Guides 25
 Routes 325
 Photos 6,933
 Triplogs 519

51 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Hackamore Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 29 2020
DarthStiller
Hiking10.77 Miles 639 AEG
Hiking10.77 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   2.49 mph
639 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Started from the Pima-Dynamite TH to hike a few sections of trails I noticed I hadn't got yet in this area. Headed down the Powerline Road, then left on the Hawknest, and another left onto the Rock Tank Trail. that first mile or so there were a whole lot of bikers who seemed to have all left the trailhead at the same time. After that first half hour, didn't see many people at all.

After a section of the Rock Tank, I headed northeast in the Rawhide Wash, then headed south again on the Hawknest and Scorpion Trails. Then I headed north again on the Powerline Road and did a couple more sections of the Scorpion Trail again, which I hadn't hiked before. I took the Scorpion Trail south to the West Express, then north to the Tarantula and Hackamore, hitting another section of that which I hadn't hiked before. I took the Hackamore to the Powerline Road again and then took that back to the car.

The clouds covered the sun on and off, making the temperature cooler than it's been in a while. It was still humid, but having temperatures under 100 for the whole hike was very nice. some breezes came through once in a while also, making it pretty pleasant.

got back to the trailhead with much less people there than when I arrived in the morning. Early on I saw some smoke to the north behind DEsert Mountain, maybe somewhere around 7 Springs, or south of that. By the end of my hike, the amount of smoke had grown considerably.
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May 16 2020
Booneman
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 Guides 9
 Routes 33
 Photos 736
 Triplogs 3,370

40 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Hawknest Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar May 16 2020
Booneman
Run/Jog12.25 Miles 410 AEG
Run/Jog12.25 Miles   2 Hrs      6.13 mph
410 ft AEG
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1st trip
I checked the last box on the Mcdowell Sonoran Preserve (covering every mile of every trail) and also went over 1,000 miles on the year. Not listed on here was the main area I needed to complete, and that was Rawhide Wash.
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Mar 21 2020
DarthStiller
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 Guides 25
 Routes 325
 Photos 6,933
 Triplogs 519

51 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Owl Hoot Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2020
DarthStiller
Hiking13.70 Miles 655 AEG
Hiking13.70 Miles   4 Hrs   58 Mns   2.76 mph
655 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Finally got a chance to head out here and hike the Owl Hoot Trail. Since it's so remote, it makes for a long hike, so I wanted to wait until the gates are open when I get there and not start later, like after 7am.

Very few people in the parking lot or at the building when I started. Saw one biker early on for the first 7+ miles. Took Brown's Ranch Road to Hawknest and Stagecoach, then took the Owl Hoot Trail out to the Legend Trail Parkway. I didn't feel like taking the same way the whole way back, so I decided to walk along the Legend Trail Parkway down to where the Malpais Trail comes out, then I took that back to the Stagecoach. I then made the choice to take the Basalt Ridge and Upper Ranch Trails back to the trailhead instead of Brown's Ranch Road. I was hoping I might see a little less traffic along that route, but it was pretty busy. The last 2.5 miles I saw more people than the rest of the morning up to that point. Parking lot was also packed when I finished.

Saw a hawk sitting on a boulder on the Malpais Trail just after I got on it from the Legend Parkway. Then later on the other end of the Malpais Trail, I saw a big nest in a saguaro that I hadn't seen on my way out, which was being guarded by a mama hawk.

I switched back to an old pair of boots that are getting to the end of their usefulness, but have still been good for longer distance hikes compared to my older Merrells. Not anymore. My feet were hurting the last few miles of this hike, and there were a few expected blisters when I changed shoes at the end. Nothing too bad. My time was really great starting off, but I got slowed down quite a bit at the end. Oh well.
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Feb 16 2020
Nightstalker
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 Routes 86
 Photos 5,737
 Triplogs 889

52 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Axle Grease TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2020
Nightstalker
Hiking11.20 Miles 656 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   8.20 mph
656 ft AEG      18 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
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1st trip
SCA joined me for a ride through the Western side of MSPN. Started at Pima and Dynamite trailhead, rode a bit of Latigo, took the Temporary Connected over to Axle Grease all the way to Browns Ranch road. From there we followed Hawknest all the way back to the power line and trailhead. Ran into a bunch of other bikers on the trails, some hikers and bikers on the power line. Easy fun mountain bike trails!
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Jan 19 2020
Nightstalker
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 Routes 86
 Photos 5,737
 Triplogs 889

52 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Latigo Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jan 19 2020
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking13.10 Miles 1,129 AEG
Mtn Biking13.10 Miles   1 Hour   43 Mns   7.86 mph
1,129 ft AEG      3 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
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1st trip
First mountain bike ride at MSPN. I've done hikes from Brown's Ranch and the eastern trail heads, but today I started at the conveniently located Pima and Dynamite trail head. Started on Latigo, over to Browns Ranch trail head and picked up Upper Ranch trail to Cone Mountain back to Upper Ranch with a short stint on Basalt Ridge and all the way back to Pima and Dynamite on Hawknest. Fantastic loop. Silky smooth trails and easy climbing grades. I am now spoiled! Just wish I didn't have to drive 60 miles to get there.
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Dec 13 2019
Thoreau
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 Routes 10
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 679

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 Joined Mar 10 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Hawknest Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Dec 13 2019
Thoreau
Mtn Biking22.81 Miles 1,906 AEG
Mtn Biking22.81 Miles   2 Hrs   49 Mns   8.10 mph
1,906 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Nov 09 2019
DarthStiller
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 Guides 25
 Routes 325
 Photos 6,933
 Triplogs 519

51 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Stagecoach Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking13.40 Miles 571 AEG
Hiking13.40 Miles   4 Hrs   44 Mns   2.83 mph
571 ft AEG
 
1st trip
I've been wanting to hike the newer section of the Stagecoach Trail that's in the upper northwest corner of the preserve. It's pretty remote to get to, so it's a longer hike, making it a better idea to wait until the weather is cooler to do it. I was thinking it would be more like 15+ miles, but it was only just over 13. The weather was perfect the whole time. The trails here are smoother, so I could make much better time than along the rockier trails I've been hiking recently. I got done in about the same amount of time it normally takes me to do 10 miles or less.

From the Brown's Ranch TH, I took the Brown's Ranch Road Trail to Hawkest, Malpais, then Stagecoach. At the end of the Stagecoach Trail, I headed south a bit on the Powerline Road Trail, and headed back on the West Express Trail, which I think used to be the Axle Grease Trail. Not sure why they changed the name. Coming back on the West Express, a plane was overhead flying loop de loops and making a lot of noise. When I looked up, I could see he was leaving trails to show off the loops.

Brian mt98dew was supposed to try to make it with me for this hike. I thought I wouldn't get to the TH until 6:45am, but I was way early and there before the gate even opened. I kept expecting to see him catching up to me, but he never did. Back at the TH he left a note on my car saying he took an unexpected route. It can be confusing getting to the Stagecoach Trail knowing which turns to take at several trail junctions. Also got a note from Brian SunRay, so the HAZ community was out in force today.
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Oct 27 2019
Thoreau
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 Routes 10
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 679

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 Joined Mar 10 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Hawknest Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Oct 27 2019
Thoreau
Mtn Biking19.97 Miles 984 AEG
Mtn Biking19.97 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   10.24 mph
984 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Oct 19 2019
hikerdw
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 Routes 165
 Photos 2,613
 Triplogs 436

61 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Granite Mountain Loop North, AZ 
Granite Mountain Loop North, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2019
hikerdw
Hiking12.94 Miles 846 AEG
Hiking12.94 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   3.41 mph
846 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
Great morning hike in the MSPN. First time starting at the Granite Mountain TH. Saw no others for the first 6 miles of the hike then the random mountain bikers, but lighter then expected. Nice display of Fairy Duster along the way. 1 ground squirrel was the only wildlife seen. On the drive home decided to take the route through Rio Verde and Fountain Hills as both ways, 101 or 87, is the same mileage to the house in SE Mesa.
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May 20 2019
mazatzal
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 Routes 33
 Photos 2,273
 Triplogs 1,125

63 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Upper Ranch Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 20 2019
mazatzal
Hiking9.00 Miles 780 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles
780 ft AEG
 
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Another cool day! Actually cold… got rained on and hailed on. Did not bring wet weather gear :doh:
55F when we started and 50F when we finished.

Upper Ranch - Basalt Ridge - Hawknest - Broken Spoke - High Desert - Corral - Browns Rd

After we turned onto Basalt ridge we only saw 5 bikers the whole rest of the way.
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Mar 17 2019
GrottoGirl
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 Guides 3
 Routes 311
 Photos 11,581
 Triplogs 1,356

45 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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Mar 10 2019
DarthStiller
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 Guides 25
 Routes 325
 Photos 6,933
 Triplogs 519

51 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Latigo Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking10.40 Miles 625 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   4 Hrs   3 Mns   2.57 mph
625 ft AEG
 
Got to the Pima-Dynamite TH about 6:20am and had to wait 10 minutes for the gate to open. Started out on the Powerline Road #1 Trail, then did a clockwise loop going northeast on the Hawknest Trail, then took the Basalt Ridge, Upper Ranch, Hackamore and Latigo Trails back. I had originally planned to do a figure 8 crossing over on one of the unmapped trails, but I forgot about that along my hike in. It would have added only another mile at the most.

Everything is very green right now, and the vegetation is also very high, with pretty big stalks at the base. Could be a lot of fuel come wildfire season. Lots of wildflowers out as well, many patches of poppies once the sun hits.

Mostly bikers out, and trail runners. Hikers don't seem to venture far from the trailheads. The hikers I saw were all within a couple miles of the Pima-Dynamite or the Brown's Ranch trailheads.

A girl hiking the other way along the Upper Ranch Trail had a black dog that she was letting wander up ahead of her and off trail. On the last mile of my hike, two bikers had him on a leash, riding slowly, asking everyone they passed if they lost a dog.

Finished before 11am, the majority of the miles today were trails I had never hiked before.
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Mar 03 2019
Thoreau
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 Routes 10
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 679

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 Joined Mar 10 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Hawknest Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Mar 03 2019
Thoreau
Mtn Biking19.22 Miles 1,158 AEG
Mtn Biking19.22 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   10.48 mph
1,158 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Dec 25 2018
Thoreau
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 Routes 10
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 679

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 Joined Mar 10 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Hawknest Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Dec 25 2018
Thoreau
Mtn Biking16.99 Miles 1,086 AEG
Mtn Biking16.99 Miles   1 Hour   49 Mns   9.35 mph
1,086 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Dec 22 2018
Thoreau
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 Routes 10
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 679

male
 Joined Mar 10 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Hawknest Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Dec 22 2018
Thoreau
Mtn Biking18.16 Miles 1,102 AEG
Mtn Biking18.16 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   9.91 mph
1,102 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Dec 19 2018
Thoreau
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 Routes 10
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 679

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 Joined Mar 10 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Hawknest Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Dec 19 2018
Thoreau
Mtn Biking19.19 Miles 1,421 AEG
Mtn Biking19.19 Miles   2 Hrs   14 Mns   8.59 mph
1,421 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Dec 16 2018
Thoreau
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 Routes 10
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 679

male
 Joined Mar 10 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Hawknest Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Dec 16 2018
Thoreau
Mtn Biking17.39 Miles 935 AEG
Mtn Biking17.39 Miles   1 Hour   52 Mns   9.32 mph
935 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Dec 09 2018
Thoreau
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 Routes 10
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 679

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 Joined Mar 10 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Hawknest Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Dec 09 2018
Thoreau
Mtn Biking31.33 Miles 1,729 AEG
Mtn Biking31.33 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   9.17 mph
1,729 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Dec 07 2018
Thoreau
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 Routes 10
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 679

male
 Joined Mar 10 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Hawknest Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Dec 07 2018
Thoreau
Mtn Biking26.83 Miles 1,480 AEG
Mtn Biking26.83 Miles   3 Hrs      8.94 mph
1,480 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Dec 02 2018
Thoreau
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 Routes 10
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 679

male
 Joined Mar 10 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Hawknest Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Dec 02 2018
Thoreau
Mtn Biking16.89 Miles 974 AEG
Mtn Biking16.89 Miles   2 Hrs   2 Mns   8.31 mph
974 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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average hiking speed 2.66 mph
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