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Coyote Canyon Trail - MSPN - 4 members in 26 triplogs have rated this an average 3.8 ( 1 to 5 best )
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66 female
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 Phoenix, AZ
Granite Mountain Big Loop plus, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Mar 20 2022
tibberTriplogs 1,276
Hiking9.41 Miles 517 AEG
Hiking9.41 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   2.52 mph
517 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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3-25-2022 (would have been my father's 95th birthday). This is delayed, but not on purpose, as life got in the way... that and technical glitches. Oh, and if you tuned in to see if I was with Joe, Bruce and John; you will be disappointed. This is a lot easier version of what they did.

I drew out a bigger loop to try and get some extra miles and take advantage of maybe, getting more wildflower pictures on March 20th. The weather was a tad dicey but ended up being nearly Tibber-perfect for one of the best photosets I have shot in a while. Seriously, it's all about the light! Nearly every photo was so good it made me giddy :D . The hike itself was fabulous as well. I'm at a crossroads where I can't decide if I want to hike for speed or for the experience; it's hard for me to do both. Now that I'm retired, one of those decisions I didn't think I'd be facing.

I started up Powerline Road. I passed by a docent before stopping to take a picture of a tall Soaptree Yucca. The docent passed me. When I caught him I asked if he was hiking arbitrarily or had a route. He was doing the Turpentine/Black Hill loop. I continued on my way until I noticed a gathering of Fairy Duster and then saw a Roadrunner land so I snapped a couple pictures. The Roadrunner was pretty fast so only got his backside. I mentioned it to the docent and he says they rarely see Roadrunners out here.

As I veered to the right, north, I heard and then spotted a male Phainopepla and zoomed in for a few shots. I hooked up with the Granite Mountain Loop Trail where I started encountering lots of great color; especially with the partly cloudy light and of course, lots more people too. Needless to say, I got bogged down taking pictures and dodging hikers and bikers. However, the flower show is very, very light compared to normal; especially the lack of poppies and lupine ground cover. What was there for the next half-mile was very pretty and lush with the Chuparosa and Brittlebush.

Next I saw a couple hawks high in the air. For awhile, they were hovering side by side riding the thermal. I tried to get a photo but this camera will not take the shot until its focused on the subject. I did get several photos but mostly enjoyed just watching them. This funny substance started dropping on me but not enough to deter me from continuing. I checked out the Siamese Twin saguaros which are growing up nicely. Along here were some small wildflowers including Owl Clover, Popcorn Flower, and some Lupine along with that little yellow belly flower.

There was also that mystery flower with the green bottom and dried tall top. I sure hope somewhere along the line I will be able to ID the flower. The other dried out flower that looks somewhat like a bull thistle of some sort; I think that's what it is. I was able to get a really good picture and turned it into black and white; a thing of beauty now. I made my turn on the Balanced Rock Trail and climbed up from the back side. On the other side, I took a picture of a bike rider which turned out pretty cool because of the sky above; should have taken one on my phone.

I continued west and south to eventually reach the Cholla Mountain Loop taking mind of the weather to the south and west, making for some pretty cool photos. I would stop and listen to the wind as I went by different trees or cactus. The wind sounds much differently when you stop near some object that's capturing its cooler sound. This happened again as I was near the Coyote Loop on the north side of my hike. I was glad to have the wind at my back as it seemed a bit warmer. It's been a while since I've been this close to Cholla Mountain and the foreground views provided great entertainment.

There were two different sections going on this part of the trail, an Ocotillo area and a Crucifixion area. A little past this were some blooming Banana Yuccas. I would see a few more of those in the next few miles of my hike. Of course, my eyes are also drawn to the occasional light on Granite Mountain. Once I started hiking on Branding Iron Trail you could see the very stormy weather in the Mazzies which, once again, provided for great pictures. I also spotted a rock window that had a saguaro on the other side of it, very 8) . It's one of those things that if you don't look the right way you will miss it. I eventually came around to its other side and there is a path up to the area. It's also interesting that there are signs up on old trails that basically say, travel at your own risk. I would see four of these.

Next I joined back up with the Granite Mountain Loop which was familiar territory for me as I've hiked this loop in this direction a few times. There was great light on one of those Whitethorn Acacia trees; those thorns are simply stunning. I did look over to what I call Cholla Hill and saw three downed saguaros so I stepped off trail to get a picture; being mindful of snakes.

And now, onto new territory, Coyote Canyon Trail. Here I found a butterfly more or less sitting on a flower but no luck with my focus on it. But, I did get some very close shots of a squirrel that seemed to be posing so that I could get the perfect shot. Just a little bit later, I got to circle the double Crested Saguaro cactus :) . It is a nice healthy specimen. There is also another trail junction here. This trail was a continual surprise. I don't know who designed this route but it was a delight. And they call this a Canyon for a reason. Apparently on the previous trip reports/pictures, I must have missed this or forgotten what a treat this was, certainly unexpected for a desert hike.

I meandered my way and came upon a sign that said Dove Valley Trail; altho I thot this was all Coyote Canyon Loop; which perhaps it is with this trail thrown in as part of the loop. As I headed south you hike near where there is a grass pool to your right (west). I thot it was Bootlegger Tank but it wasn't as that comes up later. I don't see any name for it so it must just be a low laying area. There seems to be other trails that shoot off from here so I'll have to check them out in the future. This is a fun area to hike. I passed the intersection with the Cow Poke Trail as I headed east on the Dove Valley Trail (former road I think). In the distance I could see the sun rays shining down on Granite Mountain so I kept an eye on that to see if we'd get some bigger rays and over a larger portion of the mountain.

I finally made it to 136th Street Express Trail of which I had low expectations but once again, was pleasantly surprised. It zigs and zags and bypasses Bootlegger Tank which is empty but pretty good-sized. I started seeing more bike riders as I had since getting on the Dove Valley part of the trail. Lots of great scenery but I lost my light; though I did get a picture of a Mockingbird and then later, a rabbit by the TH.

It's hard to believe the elevation is 1500 feet higher in places so near where I live, which makes me think I could hike out here, even if it's warmer. My legs were pretty sore from my Barbell class the morning before; that always surprises me as I workout at least three times a week and this was my second Barbell class in as many days. It's not painful but I do feel the soreness in my legs. You would think hiking would loosen up your muscles but that doesn't seem to work for me. Nonetheless, a fabulous day on the trail and I had a lot more left in me; but with no elevation to speak of, I better :lol: .

TMI: Most of the pictures I took with my regular camera but I figured the phone would do a decent job of the landscape photos just because of the light. It seems my camera takes darker photos and the phone lighter photos. I prefer the darker as I can lighten them easier than taking down the brightness. Nonetheless, today, almost every photo seemed a good one. I also learned that the photo editor on Google photos is not nearly as good as the basic editor I use on Windows photos so I downloaded the phone photos to my computer for editing. We'll see how that works in the future.

The documentarian in me did a lot of that on this hike (photo documentation); thus, because of all the pics I made a slideshow. It was a bit of a hassle as I relied on the auto creator that did a so-so job. But the music is top notch thanks to @LosDosSloFolks, altho I ran into a copyright glitch so had to change out some of his songs. Oh, the movie of the hawk catching the thermal is at about the 2 minute mark; it's pretty cool.


Slideshow Video Part 1 [ youtube video ] thermal hawk around 2 minute mark
Video Part 2 [ youtube video ]

WATCH: 8.92 miles (high point 3071, low 2622) Avg bpm 126/max 153 (21% at aerobic Zone 3, 76% at weight control Zone 2) burning 1480 calories. Temp at start 64.3, mostly cloudy and 31% humidity finishing at 5:05PM
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very limited poppies and closed up.
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Mar 01 2020
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 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Mspn Mtb, AZ 
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Mountain bike ride at MSPN today with 100's of my closest hiking and mountain biking friends ;)
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Jan 29 2020
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 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Coyote Canyon Loop MSPPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.90 Miles 370 AEG
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Did this short, nice loop with a visitor. Still some water in the little canyon. Got sprinkled on :)
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May 12 2019
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Desperado Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking4.04 Miles 311 AEG
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Mother’s Day hike with the kids! Had just rained. Saw double crested saguaro and Michelin Man cactus. Best gift I could get is a hike together !! I carried George for a little bit - has strep throat.
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Thistle, buckhorn cholla , datura with purple blooms
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Dec 08 2018
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 Phoenix,Az
Coyote Canyon Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
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Run/Jog10.56 Miles 129 AEG
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Morning run in the McDowells. Wanted to get a loop involving Coyote Canyon. Started from Granite TH (which is under construction, causing some minor rerouting. Currently, The Fraesfield TH is completely closed due to construction). Did a clockwise loop: Turpentine - Whiskey Bottle - Watershed - Cholla Loop (eastern side) - Branding Iron - Granite Mountain Loop - Coyote Canyon - Dove Valley - and home on the 136th Express. These trails made for a great loop. One of my favorites so far. All the trails were in great shape and easy to follow. Coyote Canyon is unique, in that it is not as exposed....much more enclosed, than most of the other trails. It's uniqueness, makes it one of my favorite trails in the McDowells. No wildlife and almost, no hikers. It wasn't until Dove Valley that I saw someone. Only saw 4 hikers and 2 bikers the entire hike. Weather was great. A little chilly, but the run warmed me up. :)
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Hiking9.77 Miles 700 AEG
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Hiking11.22 Miles 715 AEG
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Nov 15 2016
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 Scottsdale, AZ
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Hiking11.54 Miles 527 AEG
Hiking11.54 Miles   5 Hrs   23 Mns   2.70 mph
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Joined an organized hike from McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. 15 of us started from Granite Mountain TH and used various trails to get to Hawknest trail and back. On the way back we had one individual who had foot issues that slowed the whole group down. Meet up was called for 7:45 AM and we left at 8:10. Wish we could have started at 7 as it was warm the last hour or so.

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Nov 13 2016
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 Mesa, AZ
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Hiking10.60 Miles 622 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   2.71 mph
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Got out for a quick morning hike with a later kickoff for the Steelers, doing a few more trails I haven't hiked yet. Right at dawn I saw another saguaro with about 5 hawks sitting on the tops of all the arms.

I took the 136th St. Express Trail and finished of the last section of that I hadn't done, then did a figure 8 of the Dove Valley, Cowpoke and Old Paint Wash Trails, the took the Old Paint Wash Trail up to the Soapberry Wash Trail, Desperado Trail, then went east on the Coyote Canyon Trail, back to the Dove Valley Trail, and did a section of the Renegade Trail. I circled back taking the Renegade-Soapberry Wash connector to Soapberry, then got back on the Renegade eastward again to 136th St and back to the TH.

I was hoping to finish up a section of the Cholla Mtn Trail, but if I did that, it would have been over 15 miles, which is more than I wanted to do today. I also forgot to take my snacks, so I was ready to get home for lunch.
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 Scottsdale, AZ
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Back to MSPN :roll:

Barb’s :next: Dove Valley :next: Renegade :next: High Desert :next: The Divide :next: N. Diablo :next: S. Diablo :next: Branding Iron :next: Granite Mountain Loop :next: Coyote Canyon :next: Desperado :next: Renegade :next: 136th Express :next: Barb’s

Saw 2 mountain bikers and some evidence of motor bikes coming in from 136th St :(
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Apr 02 2016
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Hiking3.50 Miles 101 AEG
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God I love this loop. Arrived off 136th St random pull out just before sunrise. This loop at sunrise is phenomenal. Watching sun come into Coyote Canyon and light up Michelin Man cactus....amazing. Scattered flowers see report below. Whole day today after hike dedicated to packing up kids and me for Masters week in Augusta. Flying out tomorrow (Sunday).

Barb's :next: Dove Valley :next: Soapberry Wash through the granite area (not the bike bypass) :next: future Desperado trail (has Michelin Man cactus on it) :next: Coyote Canyon :next: Dove Valley :next: Barb's in a lasso loop.
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purple thistle, white ratany, owl clover, banana yucca blooms, brittle bush (rare), those dandelion looking things.
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mazatzalTriplogs 1,207
Hiking14.70 Miles 1,170 AEG
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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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Feb 14 2016
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 Chandler, AZ
Coyote Canyon Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
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Another great loop run in the MSPN, this time starting from Fraesfield.
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Feb 07 2016
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Crzy4AZTriplogs 606
Hiking7.00 Miles 250 AEG
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Wanted to get back to Renegade trail (did not know name at the time - and won't be on maps until fall 2016).

Barb's :next: Dove Valley :next: Renegade :next: Soapberry Wash (Michelin man cactus) :next: Coyote Canyon :next: Dove Valley :next: High Desert :next: Hawknest :next: 136th St Express back to Barb's intersection.

Cold. Sunrise. Light incredible up on hill of Renegade.
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Dancing in Granite, AZ 
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Hiking8.20 Miles 642 AEG
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This is a perfect set of trails to take out-of-state visitors. Lots of beautiful granite boulders, desert views in every direction, easy, smooth trails. We did this back in December in the rain and it was really "mistical" with the clouds billowing below the hills. Love doing it today on a beautiful sunny day. Weather was perfect.
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Jan 21 2016
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 Green Valley,Az
Big Granite Mountain Loop, AZ 
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Hiking10.01 Miles 793 AEG
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What a perfect day for a nice little hike. I met Linda at the Granite Mountain Trailhead. This was her first time here so I decided to show her some of my favorite areas. The temperature was very nice with a nice welcome breeze.
We started at the Bootlegger Trail and worked our way to the Balanced Rock then continued to the Cholla Mtn Loop Trail. From here we connected to the Branding Iron Trail where I pointed out a Crested Saguaro along they as the trail became the Granite Mountain Loop Trail. We stayed on this trail until we reached the Coyote Canyon Trail turn off and head down it. I took Linda to the nice size Crested Saguaro that's on this trail. And it was time for Rowdy to take a water break of course in the shade.
I figured while we were here to take a little side trip down Soapberry Wash Trail to checkout the Michelin Man Saguaro. From here we went back and finished the Coyote Canyon Trail and head back to the trailhead so Linda could pick up her little ones from school. We did have the pleasure of also see two Cardinals. Just a really nice smooth little hike.
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Jan 21 2016
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Hiking9.47 Miles 555 AEG
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Met Larry for a hike this morning, he suggested Granite Mtn, which was fine with me since my kids had a long day at school today. We met at the trailhead at about 9:30, and got started. We made a wide loop around Granite Mtn on the trails listed above. The scenery was beautiful, and it was a very nice day to be outside.
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Jan 18 2016
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Hiking5.90 Miles 239 AEG
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This is my favorite new loop in the MSP-supernorth. Park at very top of 136th Street in Tonto National Forest parking lot. It is very bumpy road and deep ruts last 0.1 mile. Take street or social trail from Tonto to where 136th St Express trail officially starts at Montello Rd. Stay on 136th St Express and then take Barb's west past the big loop-de-loop circular area (where jeeps used to make circles) - then Dove Valley trail briefly to the southeast until you hit Soapberry Wash trail. Then go right/west on Soapberry wash through beautiful granite formations (was frozen water this day) - where trail takes sharp turn (will be renamed Desperado trail in Fall 2016) - follow trail up the little hill and look for the Michelin Man cactus. At junction with Coyote Canyon trail (CC1 - and the Double Crested Saguaro) - take CC down into the little canyon and loop back at junction with Dove Valley. You can hit up the ceremonial cupules off Dove Valley if you know where they are. Perfect distance for little day hike. Hits major scenery. Have done the loop many times - never disappoints. Rare to see people but occasionally a biker will zoom by.
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136th Street Express Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
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RowdyandMeTriplogs 1,863
Hiking10.75 Miles 749 AEG
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I am still not feeling well :scared: but when Rowdy gives that baby look I know its time to take him out :D . I wanted to hit Spur Cross today but just not feeling up to it. ](*,)
So I decided on something easy with little aeg and Granite Mountain Trailhead is where we ended up. The first marker I saw was for 136th Street Express and that's where we started. We hiked it until we reached Hawknest Trail and took it to the High Desert Trail and then decided it was time to start heading back to the trailhead. It was a really nice little hike and there were areas that I had not hike before. :y:
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Dec 13 2015
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McDowell Preserve Phase 2C Loop, AZ 
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Hiking9.90 Miles 840 AEG
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We parked near the NE corner of the McDowell Preserve just over the boundary into the Tonto NF. We took a couple of old trails west for a mile+ and then turned south and intersected Hawknest trail from there we made a loop in the preserve.

TNF trail :next: Hawknest :next: The Divide :next: Branding Iron :next: Granite Mtn loop :next: Coyote Canyon :next: Soapberry Wash :next: Dove Valley :next: Barb’s :next: 136th St Express :next: TNF.

The views of the mountains to the east were very nice ;)

Saw quite a few mtn bikers especially as we got further south, 3 equestrians, 1 hiker and 1 steward (Bob).
Didn’t see anyone in the first 2 miles or the last 3 miles..
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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