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Broken Spoke Trail - MSPN - 4 members in 13 triplogs have rated this an average 3.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jul 18 2020
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53 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Broken Spoke Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jul 18 2020
mt98dewTriplogs 1,875
Run/Jog9.36 Miles 103 AEG
Run/Jog9.36 Miles   1 Hour   43 Mns   5.45 mph
103 ft AEG
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Morning run in MSPN. Got there around 6am and there was easily more than 30 cars already there. Started from the Brown Ranch TH. Wanted to get a loop involving Broken Spoke Trail. Nice loop (as always for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve). Went in on the Brown Ranch Rd Trail. Not the greatest trail, but it was the most direct route to Broken Spoke. From Brown took Corral Trail. Decent single track. One of the flatter trails in the loop (and that is saying something). Nice trail to use when trying to move east-west. This got me to the Broken Spoke Trail. I've been on this trail before, but I've never done the whole stretch at once. Pretty sweet trail! Single track that does some twists and turns as it plays with the low lying hills and washes. This is a great representation for what the trails of the MSPN are all about. This got me to the West Express trail which started the return trip. Straight forward trail....literally. Very few twists. Slightly annoying with it "speed bumps"/(moguls). Probably nice for bikers, but not so much for jogging...rough on the knees. Took Malpais trail briefly to the Hawknest. On both these trails for very short stretches, but both trails are very nice. From Hawknest I hooked up with an extension of the Brown Ranch Rd trail. Not sure if this is Brown trail or just a user trail that connects to it. In my mind it is/(or should be part of the Brown Ranch trail) and I used this to get me back to the TH. Not my favorite trail to end on, but I was fading at the end of the run and wanted to close up the loop quick. Nice run, though I wish my stamina better. Wildlife minimal...quail and rabbits. The trails were active with bikers 27, but only encountered 5 hikers. Beautiful sunrise this morning. Sunrise, clouds and MSPN called for some "Tibber time." :D
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Mar 31 2020
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54 female
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Phoenix
MSPN West Loop, AZ 
MSPN West Loop, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Mar 31 2020
PicklesTriplogs 61
Mtn Biking18.43 Miles 935 AEG
Mtn Biking18.43 Miles   2 Hrs   56 Mns   6.87 mph
935 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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This was actually more of the Powerline Trail than anything else. Great trail conditions are everywhere out there in that area!
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Dec 21 2019
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53 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Broken Spoke Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2019
DarthStillerTriplogs 628
Hiking10.60 Miles 610 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   3 Hrs   44 Mns   2.84 mph
610 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Went back up to Brown's Ranch TH to hike some new sections of trails I noticed that I didn't hike before. The Broken Spoke has a new section on the west end of it, and there's also a new section of the Chuckwagon Trail just east of Brown's Ranch Road that I hadn't noticed before. I saw that I could incorporate both sections into one 10+ mile hike, so that looked like the way to go.

Brian joined me for this hike, but just for the first 3 miles, then he wanted to hike the Stagecoach Trail that he was supposed to hike with me 2 months ago but got sidetracked on. Those 3 miles went by like nothing. Felt more like barely 2 miles. Talking while you're hiking makes the time and effort go by fast.

My loop started with the southern section of the Chuckwagon Trail, then Watershed, Cholla Loop, Dry Gulch, Broken Spoke, West Express, Basalt Ridge, and Upper Ranch. Nothing special or crazy of note happened. More hikers and bikers encountered as I got closer to the trailhead, as expected. Weather stayed cool the whole time. Slight cloud cover helped with sun protection, but I still put up my hood for the 2nd half of the hike as a precaution.
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May 20 2019
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65 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Upper Ranch Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 20 2019
mazatzalTriplogs 1,207
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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Oct 29 2017
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60 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Maricopa Trail - North of Dove Valley, AZ 
Maricopa Trail - North of Dove Valley, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Oct 29 2017
KBKBTriplogs 237
Mtn Biking17.59 Miles 778 AEG
Mtn Biking17.59 Miles   3 Hrs   1 Min   7.49 mph
778 ft AEG      40 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Just a Sunday afternoon ride with my wife in the Granite & Cholla Mountain areas of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve...

Prior to going out, I looked at the current map and noticed, at the top (north) end of the map, that two "Step-Over Gates" are marked at the boundary with the Tonto National Forest. My goal was to get to the gate just off of Dove Valley Trail and take a look at what's on the other side.

My wife and I rode Bootlegger, Granite Mountain Loop, Branding Iron, and north on The Divide Trail. When we got to High Desert, my wife turned left (west) and rode to the intersection with Broken Spur where she would later meet me.

I continued up The Divide, went left on Hawknest, then right on Dove Valley. I could have turned left on Dove Valley from The Divide Trail, but Hawknest is nicer - it's a singletrack whereas Dove Valley is an old jeep road. Anyway, when I turned onto Dove Valley, I found that there was a pretty well defined path made by mountain bikers; it was better than I expected it to be.

I got to the step-over gate at the Tonto National Forest Boundary and crossed over. I looked at the map posted on a large sign and noticed that the area is riddled with roads and perhaps other paths too. It appears that the area might be popular with the OHV crowd. Once I was done studying the map, I was looking at the various road options in front of me when I noticed a sign for the Maricopa Trail. I followed it for 1.4 miles and turned around just as it was crossing under the power lines for the second time. It's a nice singletrack marked for non-motorized vehicle use. In less than a quarter mile, it went through another step-over gate, though this one has a hinged bar which must be unlatched before you can cross. It then crossed the power line road twice; I think there was a least one other road that it crossed, but I don't know what that (or those) roads are (were). I noticed some spur trails leading to the west; I got a good look at one of them; it was a trail that followed a fence line. As noted earlier, I turned around just as it was crossing under the power lines for the second time. Looking at a map of my track, I see Joy Ranch Rd was due west of where I turned around. This section of the Maricopa Trail was pretty well beaten in, so I think it must have been there for a while; I just didn't know about it. (For some reason, I thought that the Maricopa Trail would continue on from where The Divide Trail meets Hawknest.) Anyway, I plan to explore further sometime soon. I'm wondering if it somehow connects to Spur Cross... that would be quite a ride!

When I got back to the Preserve, I continued on Dove Valley, turned left on Stagecoach, then right on Hawknest. I turned left when I got to Broken Spoke and met my wife where it intersected with High Desert.

We continued on High Desert, turned left (east) on Corral and then turned left (east again) onto Dry Gulch. From the end of Dry Gulch we returned via Cholla Mountain Loop, Balanced Rock, Granite Mountain Loop, Granite Mountain, Black Hill, Turpentine, and 136th St Express.

Update: I found two maps of the Maricopa Trail that may be of interest:

Maricopa and Sun Circle Trails

Spur Cross - Bronco

These maps show that a 1.3 mile gap between the area I explored and the Bronco Trailhead will open in Dec, 2017.

That said... I've hiked some of the Maricopa Trail from Spur Cross while hiking up to Skull Mesa. TR 247 (Cottonwood) is beyond my skill and aerobic capacity as a mountain biker. So riding from Granite Mountain to Spur Cross is probably not in the cards for me.
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Mar 25 2017
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66 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
McDowell Sonoran Preserve-North Loop, AZ 
McDowell Sonoran Preserve-North Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2017
The_EagleTriplogs 1,939
Hiking15.43 Miles 919 AEG
Hiking15.43 Miles   4 Hrs   58 Mns   3.13 mph
919 ft AEG      2 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Short walk in the park.
Beautifully cool weather.
The park is busting with blooming flora.
Banana Yucca, Poppys, Brittlebush, Blue Dicks, Fiddleneck, Scorpionweed,Desert Chicory, Globemallow, Luppine, Woolly Daisy, Wiry Lotus, Chuparosa and even Microseris :), to name a few.

This is the best time of year to enjoy this park

With afternoon plans, the goal was to hit a few trails out there I had not been on.

There were no @Mazatzal or @Crzy4AZ sightings
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Dec 01 2016
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65 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
McDowell Preserve Phase 2C Loop, AZ 
McDowell Preserve Phase 2C Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2016
mazatzalTriplogs 1,207
Hiking11.20 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   2.36 mph
1,300 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
Loop in MSPN far north area. Started from Tonto NF.
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Sep 11 2016
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53 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Old Camp Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2016
DarthStillerTriplogs 628
Hiking14.00 Miles 817 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   4 Hrs   52 Mns   2.88 mph
817 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Went back up to the northern part of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve to hike more trails I haven't done before the start of football season. I started at the end of 136th St. again and hiked my way over to the Old Camp Trail and back again. I took 136th St. Express, Barb's Trail, Old Paint Wash Trail, High Desert Trail, Hawknest, Dove Valley, Stagecoach, Old Camp, Hawknest again, Stagecoach again, then Dove Valley all the way back to Barb's to 136th St. Express and back to my car.

I only saw 2 hikers very early and then a few bikers after that. I think for the last 3.5 hours of my hike I didn't see anyone. on the Dove Valley Trail right before the step over gate at the NW corner of the park there was a diamondback lying on the trail. I got some pics and walked around him, going off trail for a bit. He turned his head to look at me a bit as I inched closer to him, so I decided not to get him riled up for the sake of a nicer pic with him all coiled up.

There's a map and kiosk up in that NW corner of the park at the step over gate. Not sure if it's ok to park here, although it seems kind of remote to drive to.

Hiked over a half marathon this morning, total time 4 hours, 57 mins, with only 5 min, 31 seconds of total non-moving time. Not really even sore, I think the beastly hike Wally and I did last week on Mt. Lemmon helped with that.
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Aug 21 2016
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53 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
McDowell Sonoran Preserve North, AZ 
McDowell Sonoran Preserve North, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 21 2016
DarthStillerTriplogs 628
Hiking12.90 Miles 747 AEG
Hiking12.90 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   2.72 mph
747 ft AEG
 
Went back up to the northern area of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve to do some more trails I haven't done yet. I decided to start from the Brown's Ranch Road Trailhead this time while the sun is still rising earlier and the gate there doesn't open until sunrise. For most of the morning the sky was overcast and there were some drops of rain on and off. This cooled the weather off, which I appreciated. Seems like last summer all my Sunday hikes were in blazing heat, this summer wasn't so bad.

From the TH I took the Brown's Ranch Road Trail to the Hawknest Trail, then headed north and turned right onto the Broken Spoke Trail. from there I headed east on the High Desert Trail and then south on the Divide Trail, west on the Cholla Mtn Loop Trail, north on Stagecoach, west on same section of the High Desert Trail I just hiked, then south on the High Desert Trail, then took the Corral Trail and Brown's Ranch Road Trail back to the TH.

Along the Divide and Stagecoach Trails, there were signs for the North Diablo and South Diablo Trails, which seems to be a more difficult trail that loops back onto the Divide Trail and also has a connecting trail to the Stagecoach Trail. Just north of the junction of the Divide and Branding Iron Trails, there was also another trail that headed east into the unmarked area of the lastest map.

Saw mostly mountain bikers again, the only other hikers I noticed were in the distance, hiking on a different trail than me. Finished with a total of 12.9 miles for the morning, just shy of a half marathon.
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Jan 01 2016
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65 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
McDowell Preserve Phase 2C Loop, AZ 
McDowell Preserve Phase 2C Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2016
mazatzalTriplogs 1,207
Hiking11.20 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   2.36 mph
1,300 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
Another loop in MSPN far north area. Started from Tonto NF. First time on Old Camp Trail. Saw an owl but too quick for picture.
Pretty quiet today :o 2 hikers, 4 bikers and 1 equestrian.
(I'll add some links later :roll: )
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Dec 30 2015
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49 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Powerline Road #1 - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2015
Crzy4AZTriplogs 606
Hiking10.29 Miles 459 AEG
Hiking10.29 Miles   3 Hrs   19 Mns   3.28 mph
459 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Had to work yesterday morning but I was tallying up how miles I have left to re-join the ever growing ATC "all trails club" of McDowell Sonoran Preserve. I hit the mark last year - and then when total went up to 163 miles - I've been working since last spring to get all the segments done by foot. So I realized I only have less than 10 and I had yesterday afternoon of freedom with kids out of town - and I knew I had to get a hike in.

I parked at a legal spot on Legend Trail Parkway that is full on the weekends with room for 6-8 cars (thanks for info @Sun Ray) but I was the only one there at 1:00pm on a Wednesday. I kept my work clothes on but changed into hiking shoes and set off. It's AZ State Land Trust land between the parking area and marker BR9 in the MSP. Well worn trails for neighborhood folks and old Moto routes. It can be really confusing - so recommend having GPS route unless you don't mind wandering around a little. Having MAPRIKA App is also helpful. You are a bouncing blue ball on the MSP trails - I use that app all the time in the new north.

Saw some old ranching ruins and then turned to get on BR9 (end of Brown's Ranch Rd trail) and Powerline Road #1 trail. Took Powerline Rd up 2 miles to Dove Valley trail. (I had already done upper segment of PL#1 few weeks ago). Yucky of course to be under and around powerlines - but nice to not see anyone and pretty good expansive views.

I really like Old Camp Trail - going to write it up for HAZ soon. Then grabbed Broken Spoke segment I was missing (that is a fantastic little trail) - and took Hawknest back down to BR9. I got lost twice in the State Land Trust return to my car. Was glad to have GPS route.

And my time was super good - 3.3 mph - after working all morning. Of course it's super flat and not difficult. But that's still pretty fast for me just walking. Saw ZERO hikers the whole time. Saw dozen bikers. One 4x4ATV at intersection of Tonto Forest and Dove Valley trail (was in Tonto legally).

Life returns to normal on Thursday - love my tender chickens - but I did get in some good hikes while they were gone.
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Dec 28 2015
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 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
High Desert Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2015
Crzy4AZTriplogs 606
Hiking12.38 Miles 588 AEG
Hiking12.38 Miles   4 Hrs   18 Mns   3.19 mph
588 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Beautiful day for a long hike. Not as cold as last week and was sunny. Parked at the top of 136th Street in the Tonto National Forest parking area. Climbed over fence and took social trail to 136th Street Express :next: Hawknest :next: Broken Spoke :next: High Desert :next: Dove Valley :next: Barb's :next: 136th Street.

First time ever on High Desert - beautiful! Some of the perpendicular trails in the middle of 2C are still under construction and are going to be nice once completed in a couple months. Some go right up and over granite formations for good views. Looks like will be a better connection to Soapberry Wash trail too. Can't wait for wildflower season out there after it's all done.

Saw a dozen or so mtn bikers. Had lunch at Broken Spoke - left over filet mignon and homemade biscuits. Was thinking about post-hike hot tub dip all day - but something's messed up with the heater - total buzz kill. #momProblems
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Oct 18 2015
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65 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
McDowell Preserve Far North Area, AZ 
McDowell Preserve Far North Area, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2015
mazatzalTriplogs 1,207
Hiking10.10 Miles 520 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   4 Hrs   18 Mns   2.55 mph
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We went back to check out more of the new trails in the McDowell Preserve far north area.

Browns Ranch Rd :next: Maverick :next: Cholla :next: Stagecoach :next: High Desert :next: Broken Spoke :next: Hawksnest :next: Buckshot :next: Corral :next: Upper Ranch :next: TH.

We saw another water catchment ‘tank’. The far north area was pretty quiet (7 bikers) the main area was not
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