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Malpais Trail - MSPN - 2 members in 7 triplogs have rated this an average 2.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Apr 12 2020
Nightstalker
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 Routes 86
 Photos 5,737
 Triplogs 889

52 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Pima and Dynamite Black Diamonds, AZ 
Pima and Dynamite Black Diamonds, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Apr 12 2020
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking16.70 Miles 922 AEG
Mtn Biking16.70 Miles   2 Hrs   58 Mns   7.31 mph
922 ft AEG      41 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
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Met up with SCA at Pima and Dynamite to do a hard core Black Diamond ride on the west side of MSPN this morning. Rode Latigo, Rock Tank, Dare A Sarah, Scorpion, Snake Eyes, Tarantula, Hackamore, Malpais, Axle Grease, and Hawksnest. The black diamond trails weren't all that challenging and the hard parts all had bypasses. Regardless, MSPN is definitely my favorite place to ride in the valley! With the smooth trails and easy climbs, you can just ride on and on. I did manage to ride over my first rattle snake this morning and it was a BIG one. I was flying across Rock Tank, came around a turn (there are many), there he/she (I didn't check) was. We were both very surprised, but I think I did manage to out scream the rattler. At least, that's what Carey claims :)
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
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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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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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Apr 13 2019
Mave1878
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 Routes 39
 Photos 55
 Triplogs 4

46 male
 Joined Apr 12 2017
 Gilbert, AZ
Malpais Trail - San Tan MRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2019
Mave1878
Hiking7.94 Miles 583 AEG
Hiking7.94 Miles   2 Hrs   29 Mns   3.31 mph
583 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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First observation 100 yards from Rock Peak TH (fee area - $7) was the deep sandy washed that would be a majority of the Rock Peak > San Tan > Malpais lasso loop - hiking is gonna be a little extra work today.
Made decent time through the wash noticing Rock Peak seemed totally doable and intriguing. Just past ST/RPW near a bench is a cool crested saguaro worth a quick break to admire. Next stop was the 2nd junction w/Malpais trail so I could loop back to closer RPW on ST. Seemed like 80% of Malpais was straight wash, especially on the second half closet to Malpais Hills which loom over the trail the entire hike along with great views of Rock Peak and Goldmine Mountain to the N.
Overall, Trail was super easy to follow with minimal AEG. I will say though... if you don’t like sandy washes, I wouldn’t recommend this hike.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Ocotillos, buckhorn cholla and Hedgehog cacti were blooming, but wildflowers were quickly dying off.
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Sep 20 2018
Sun_Ray
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 Routes 7
 Photos 892
 Triplogs 1,086

72 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Malpais Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 20 2018
Sun_Ray
Hiking5.30 Miles 171 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   3.15 mph
171 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
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1st trip
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Working to complete all the trails in the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Every time they add trails and update the map I need to hike the addtional trails so I can say "I've hiked ALL the trails in the Preserve". The new area accessed from the Pima/Dynamite Trailhead (just a parking lot for now) is in the SW corner of the preserve and I need to hike some trails in the NW area. So... to cut the distance I parked 1/2 a mile from the corner of Pima/Westland on Westland West of Pima. There is a zig/zag in this area that creates a large legal to park area. I walked to the Preserve from this area and took a temporary connector trail to Malpais Trail and back the same way. With dog Kai.
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Aug 05 2018
DarthStiller
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 Guides 25
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51 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Brown's Ranch Road Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 05 2018
DarthStiller
Hiking9.90 Miles 542 AEG
Hiking9.90 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   2.45 mph
542 ft AEG
 
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This was the first hike I've done in the Phoenix area since June 3, so it was the first real HOT hike of the year for me. Sycamore Canyon last month had it's moments, but this was the first real Sonoran desert oven heat hike. Not bad being that we're already a week into August.

I think my body is still acclimating to the cooler weather hikes I've been doing, so I kept this a simple, mostly flat hike. I just started jogging a week earlier since my knee was starting to bother me last April, and the first couple of runs in the heat and humidity were brutal.


I noticed that a new trail was posted on the updated Scottsdale maps, the Malpais Trail. This can be kind of confusing because there already is a Malpais Trail in San Tan Regional Park to the south. I hiked the Brouwn's Ranch Road Trail out to there, then hiked to the end of the Temporary Connector Trail to the Legend Trail Parkway and back. It seems as though the western end of the Temporary Connector Trail has been re-routed. I walked along the sidewalk over to where it looks like it used to be and noticed both the work done to obscure the trail and the "No Trespassing" signs. Noticed some spurs for unmapped trails that will hopefully be on the Scottsdale maps soon enough. Hiked a bit on them so that they're easily seen on my track.

The heat wasn't too bad, but I'm still getting used to exercising out in it. Saw a bunch of bikers, and a few other hikers. Finished before 10:30am.
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Nov 02 2017
mazatzal
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 Routes 33
 Photos 2,273
 Triplogs 1,125

63 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
MSPN loop, AZ 
MSPN loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2017
mazatzal
Hiking14.00 Miles 890 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   2.47 mph
890 ft AEG
 
Decided to check out the new extended Stagecoach trail.

Browns Ranch - Maverick - Cholla Mtn loop - Stagecoach - Malpais - Hawknest - Browns Ranch - Upper Ranch

Saw a juniper at ~2850' on the new section. There are a few in MSPN.
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average hiking speed 2.63 mph

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