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May 13 2019
RowdyandMe
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65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Divide Trail Loop, AZ 
Divide Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 13 2019
RowdyandMe
Hiking12.44 Miles 641 AEG
Hiking12.44 Miles   5 Hrs   49 Mns   2.57 mph
641 ft AEG      59 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Mar 17 2019
GrottoGirl
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44 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
 
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Fun ride for my friend's birthday!
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Nov 12 2017
KBKB
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Maricopa Trail - North of Dove Valley, AZ 
Maricopa Trail - North of Dove Valley, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Nov 12 2017
KBKB
Mtn Biking32.53 Miles 1,526 AEG
Mtn Biking32.53 Miles   4 Hrs   56 Mns   6.59 mph
1,526 ft AEG
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My friend Nick joined me to explore some more trails in the Granite Mountain / Brown's Ranch area on Sunday.

In order, I rode: Bootlegger, Granite Mountain Loop, Branding Iron, The Divide, Hawknest, Dove Valley, Maricopa Trail (in Tonto National Forest, to Cave Creek Ranger Station, and then somewhat beyond, out and back), Dove Valley, West Express, Malpais, Hawknest, Buckshot, Corral, Dry Gulch, Cholla Mountain Loop, Balanced Rock, Granite Mountain Loop, Granite Mountain, Black Hill, Monument, 136th St Express, Cowpoke, Granite Mountain Loop, Saddlehorn, Bootlegger.

Nick rode all of the above with me, but returned via a more direct route when we got to the intersection of Granite Mountain Loop & Granite Mountain. My wife joined us for the first part of this ride, but ended up returning early as she whacked her shin just below the knee with a pedal. (It was quite swollen; she returned home to ice it.)

My main goal for the day was to look at more of the Maricopa Trail north of the Preserve Boundary. I rode some of it several weeks ago by myself. This week we rode it all the way to the Cave Creek Ranger Station - there is a spur trail which goes there - and then slightly beyond.

The section of the Maricopa Trail from the northern Preserve boundary to Bartlett Dam Rd is a fairly mellow singletrack. It's also fairly well beaten in, though not quite as well as most of the trails in the Preserve. It's mostly an easy uphill as you work your way north, with several wash crossings along the way. It crosses the powerline road three times. However, it also crosses several other roads and trails which seem to be popular with the OHV crowd. We saw (and heard) several motorcycles while we were out. There are a total of six road crossings (counting the powerline road, but not counting Bartlett Dam Rd) in the last mile of trail south of Bartlett Dam Rd. While there should not be any motorized traffic on the Maricopa Trail, there is definitely motorized traffic on these roads which cross the trail, so it's important to watch for cross traffic.

Nick and I rode to the ranger station in hopes of getting a map, but it wasn't open.

We started riding the next segment that goes northward, but we only rode out perhaps half a mile. In that half mile that we rode, the trail stayed close (even under) the powerlines and had numerous wash crossings, perhaps as many in that half mile as we had encountered during the entire 3.3 mile stretch from the Preserve boundary to Bartlett Dam Rd. These seemed deeper too, and the track was not beaten down enough for me to feel comfortable taking the downhill at speed so that I could coast up the other side.

When we returned to the Preserve, we took Dove Valley to the West Express Trail, which was new to me. West Express felt like an old motorcycle track (which it probably is). It was okay, but I like the new section of Stagecoach (which I rode last week) better. They both intersect with Malpais too. (I haven't ridden West Express south of Malpais yet.) The West Express Trail is more direct (shorter) than the new section of Stagecoach. Stagecoach is, IMO, better constructed and a lot more fun to ride. The other really nice thing about the new segment of Stagecoach is that it provides a bit over five uninterrupted miles of trail - there are no other intersecting trails from where it crosses the powerline road until it terminates/intersects with the Malpais Trail.

Towards the end of my ride, after leaving Nick, I rode north past the Granite Mountain Trailhead on 136th St Express and then took Cowpoke over to Granite Mountain Loop. I rarely ride these trails; in fact, I don't think I've been on them since another friend showed them to me several years ago. Cowpoke definitely goes uphill, but it's a surprisingly gentle grade to get up to Granite Mountain Loop. Cowpoke is also a very scenic trail with interesting rocks and numerous saguaros along the way. I should endeavor to ride it more often.
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Oct 29 2017
KBKB
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57 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
KBKB
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
The_Eagle
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63 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_Eagle
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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Banana Yucca
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Feb 24 2017
Sun_Ray
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71 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
North Diablo Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2017
Sun_Ray
Hiking9.19 Miles 518 AEG
Hiking9.19 Miles   3 Hrs   59 Mns   2.87 mph
518 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
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1st trip
As a member of the 'All Trails Club' in the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, whenever a new map comes out with addtional trails I need to hike them to maintain my membership. I've been putting off North and South Diablo as they are about equal distance from most of the tailheads and farther than I've wanted to hike. North and South Diablo are designed with mountain bikers in mind as they both have black diamond rated areas. Decided to park near the corner of 135th St and Dove Valley and go in at a step over in the fence. This is what Judy and I ended up doing: Dove Valley Trail, Cow Poke, Granite Mountain Loop, Branding Iron, S.Diablo, N. Diablo, The Divide, Branding Iron, Granite Mountain Loop and Dove Valley. The Diablo trails are not marked with mileage markers as there is not room on the map and there are several small loop on both trails. I did a real poor job of estimating the mileage in the area to be about a mile and it turned out to be 3.5! So my planned 6+ hike turned into 9+. We had the time and water so no big deal. I've now completed all the new trials in the Northern section of Brown's Ranch area. A new trailhead at the corner of Dynamite and Pima Rd will open sometime in 2018....so I've got some time before I have new trials to hike.
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Dec 24 2016
mt98dew
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50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
The Divide Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 24 2016
mt98dew
Hiking15.24 Miles 60 AEG
Hiking15.24 Miles   3 Hrs   16 Mns   4.67 mph
60 ft AEG
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1st trip
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With the holidays and work my trail time has been limited. So I was really excited for Saturday morning and chance to get out on the trails. I had decided on the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, (love this Preserve!! For low impact biking and running it doesn't get much better), with some sort of loop involving Brown Ranch Rd Trail. Initially this was going to be a short jog, but it felt so good to be out without time limits that I thought I would stretch it. Started from the Brown Ranch TH around 7am. Did a loop involving Brown Ranch Rd Trail - Corral - High Desert - Hawknest - The Divide - Cholla Loop - Maverick - and then back to the TH on the Brown Ranch Rd. Jogged the first 10 miles. My feet were complaining from the get go and around the 8 mile mark my knees started "talking" as well. I : rambo : for a couple more miles, but then the "talking" turned to "shouting" and I had to walk the last 5 miles. 24 hours later I have my feet in a hot water foot massager and my knees still creek when I move. I didn't think turning 47 would make that much of a difference. :sweat: LOL.

Most of the trails were in good shape despite the rain 24 hours earlier; Maverick being the lone exception. The Maverick has quite a few shallow dips in the trail, almost all of them had pools from the rain. The trails were fairly empty at first, but traffic started to pick up as the morning wore on and I moved closer to the TH. Encountered over 20 bikers and 4 trail runners. Felt like the odd man out. I was hiking in my standard outfit...shorts and a t-shirt. Everyone else had gloves and jackets on. Even saw a couple running with parkas on! No wildlife, but a gorgeous sunrise!
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Nov 27 2016
DarthStiller
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50 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
North Diablo Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2016
DarthStiller
Hiking13.20 Miles 784 AEG
Hiking13.20 Miles   5 Hrs   5 Mns   2.60 mph
784 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Went back up this area to do a few more trails I haven't hiked yet. Took 136th St. to Barb's Trail, Renegade and High Desert and The Divide Trails. Then I did the North and South Diablo Trails, including all the inter-braided loops marked "most difficult", which they weren't really at all. At the end of the South Diablo Trail, I was on the Divide Trail headed north when I saw the junction for a trail that cut across the unmapped area. I decided to take this as it was headed in the direction I was going (back to the car) and it looked like a shortcut. It junctions on the north end with the High Desert Trail again, which saved me probably over a half mile of hiking. From the High Desert Trail, I took Dove Valley back to the east side via Barb's and 136th St. again.

didn't see any other hikers, and even the number of bikers was pretty low. I think I've seen more people out there in the heat of the summer. The temperature was much cooler than it has been recently thanks to the clouds. No interesting wildlife spotted, barely even chipmunks or rabbits.
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Oct 04 2016
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62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Renegade - Diablos - Desperado, AZ 
Renegade - Diablos - Desperado, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2016
mazatzal
Hiking10.20 Miles 556 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.45 mph
556 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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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Aug 21 2016
DarthStiller
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50 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
McDowell Sonoran Preserve North, AZ 
McDowell Sonoran Preserve North, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 21 2016
DarthStiller
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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Aug 10 2016
RowdyandMe
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65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Renegade Trail MSPN, AZ 
Renegade Trail MSPN, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2016
RowdyandMe
Hiking11.17 Miles 791 AEG
Hiking11.17 Miles   5 Hrs   42 Mns   2.72 mph
791 ft AEG   1 Hour   36 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Well after pm Laurie I decided to hit the end of 136st and see what was out there. I checked out the little map box but all that was in it was rules on what to do and what not to do for atv's. And of course driving to the end of the road I did notice where it washed out from the last storm and decided Granite Mountain Trailhead was the safe bet.
When I got back to the trailhead it was empty. I really had no game plan as to where I was going to hike so I just started hiking.
I ended up starting on 136st Express and just keep going until I came across a sign that read Bards Trail then I hit it. It ended in the Old Paint Wash and that's when I seen the sign for Renegade Trail and I jumped on it. I will have to say this is my new favorite trail in the MSPN. This trail runs up and along a few small hills. these hills have great views on both sides. I got to come back in the fall and spend more time exploring all these new trail.
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Aug 07 2016
DarthStiller
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50 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
McDowell Sonoran Preserve North, AZ 
McDowell Sonoran Preserve North, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 07 2016
DarthStiller
Hiking12.10 Miles 579 AEG
Hiking12.10 Miles   4 Hrs   37 Mns   2.62 mph
579 ft AEG
 
After finding out about the legal parking lot at the end of 136th St., thanks to Crzy4AZ's forum post, I was eager to get back up to this area and start some of these newer trails. It doesn't take long after the pavement ends that 136th St. starts to get a bit gnarly. Nothing a standard sedan shouldn't be able to handle in dry weather, though.

I started with the 136th St. Express Trail at Montello, headed south, then made a right turn heading west on the Hawknest Trail. I took that all the way out to the Stagecoach Trail, then headed south on that trail to the High Desert Trail and headed east. After that I headed north, back up towards the Hawknest Trail, and did a mini loop of a few short trail segments there before heading east again on the Dove Valley Trail. I finished up taking Barb's Trail NE to 136th St. Express again and headed back to my car. 12.1 miles total.

The heat wasn't too bad, but it was picking up by the time I finished. There were breezes often enough that it made things pretty bearable. I used my new hoodie t-shirt to keep the sun off my head some, and that also helped a bit. Saw a little bit of wildlife this time. Right at the start I saw 2 doe, but was only able to get a photo of one. Saw a rabbit and a desert hare that each stayed still long enough for me to get decent photos. Saw more bikers up here than hikers, which is pretty standard, especially with the heat. Looking forward to get back to this area to finish these trails.
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Mar 27 2016
mazatzal
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 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
McDowell Preserve North, AZ 
McDowell Preserve North, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2016
mazatzal
Hiking14.70 Miles 1,170 AEG
Hiking14.70 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.99 mph
1,170 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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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Mar 04 2016
Crzy4AZ
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 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
The Divide Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2016
Crzy4AZ
Hiking8.24 Miles 289 AEG
Hiking8.24 Miles   2 Hrs   57 Mns   2.98 mph
289 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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WOW - The Divide is a gorgeous trail!!! Hard to access in a day hike during school hours. But I found a way. Parked at Granite Mountain Trailhead. Called Uber cab and paid $17 to get up to the last house on Stagecoach Road. Took Powerline Trail #1 to Dove Valley then down The Divide. Lots of little rock formations. Found a fire ring - so stupid WTF. Saw old signs with yielding for jeeps, motorcycles, etc. from when this was AZGF Multi-Use Granite Mtn area.

Spotted a double crested saguaro on Branding Iron (in retrospect I had seen it before but mistook it for the Coyote Canyon double crested -but is way different not sure what I was thinking).

Made it back home in time to clean up - power nap - caffeine - then school pick up! Life as a Mom-hiker.
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Feb 26 2016
Sun_Ray
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71 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
High Desert Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2016
Sun_Ray
Hiking7.88 Miles 468 AEG
Hiking7.88 Miles
468 ft AEG
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Helping with a trail restoration project for McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. MSC, in conjunction with the City of Scottsdale, will be testing several types of seeding variations on trails that are no longer being used. They are in the vicinity of the High Desert Trail and Stagecoach Trails North of Brown's Mountain. I was part of a team of 6 that measured, using a meter tape, ten 25 meter lengths of trail. Some are 'control' area's that will not be seeded and others will use 2 types of seed mix and will be seeded before monsoon season or fall of this year. We had to find trail sections that did not have more than a 10% grade for the test as we were looking for areas where seed would not be washed away. The lead of the project had an iphone app where she could lay the phone down on the trail and it would calculate the % of grade....pretty cool. A narrow, small tractor will ripp the soil, so it's not as compacted, before the trail is seeded.
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Feb 21 2016
Booneman
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38 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Maverick Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Feb 21 2016
Booneman
Run/Jog18.06 Miles 765 AEG
Run/Jog18.06 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   8.03 mph
765 ft AEG
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The Northern section of the Sonoran Preserve has become my go-to for long runs. I may be able to cover every trail by summer.
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Jan 11 2016
Sun_Ray
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71 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
High Desert Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2016
Sun_Ray
Hiking7.10 Miles 351 AEG
Hiking7.10 Miles   3 Hrs   16 Mns   2.17 mph
351 ft AEG
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Trying to complete the trails North of Brown's Mountain known as the 2C area. Turned into an adventure when about half way through I started experiencing frequent urination and lower abdominal pain. Changed my plans a little and took the shortest way back to the car. Finished about 11:30 in the morning and asked my wife to take me to the ER when I experienced lower right back pain at 3 PM. Yes, as you've guessed...it was a small kidney stone. Had a morphine shot and when that did not help within 15 minutes they gave me an IV push of Toradol...nsaid I'd not heard of. That worked! I'm lucky as I've not had any pain or discomfort for about 23 hours. Looks like it broke up and passed without any pain.

Guess I need to add another item to my statement "Where do you NOT want to be when you have your next heart attack?" The same can be said about passing a kidney stone.
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Dec 30 2015
RowdyandMe
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65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Stagecoach Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2015
RowdyandMe
Hiking12.50 Miles 702 AEG
Hiking12.50 Miles   4 Hrs   58 Mns   2.82 mph
702 ft AEG      32 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
Well the weather was perfect today for hike with Rowdy. We did meet Sun Ray in the parking lot. He just finished his hike and we were just getting started on ours.
Browns Ranch Trail was busy but once we turned onto the Maverick Trail we pretty much had the trails to ourselves. It is always nice hiking on new trails and checking out the area. I did see a bow hunter just off 118th street and did not see any deer. I am not sure if it is bow season or not. It was really a nice peaceful hike.
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Rowdy and Widowmaker
Dec 13 2015
mazatzal
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 Scottsdale, AZ
McDowell Preserve Phase 2C Loop, AZ 
McDowell Preserve Phase 2C Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2015
mazatzal
Hiking9.90 Miles 840 AEG
Hiking9.90 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.38 mph
840 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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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average hiking speed 2.66 mph

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