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Rock Tank Trail - MSPN - 1 member in 6 triplogs has rated this an average 4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Dec 31 2020
topohiker
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 Joined Oct 29 2005
 Scottsdale, AZ
Barlett Dam Road to MSP - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Dec 31 2020
topohiker
Mtn Biking20.76 Miles 1,045 AEG
Mtn Biking20.76 Miles   5 Hrs      6.39 mph
1,045 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break
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1st trip
Taking Nate out on his new Christmas present: Trek Marlin 5
Riding in wash's sucks.
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Aug 29 2020
DarthStiller
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 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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 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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Jul 20 2019
DarthStiller
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 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Latigo Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking8.76 Miles 459 AEG
Hiking8.76 Miles   3 Hrs   57 Mns   2.26 mph
459 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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First hike back in AZ and with the heat I decided to head back up to the northern Scottsdale Pima-Dynamite TH and hike some more of the new unmapped trails up there. I mostly hiked the new trails along the Latigo Trail, zig zagging between Powerline Road #1 and Powerline Road #2. Saw a few bikers, most of them at the very start of the hike.

The heat wasn't really so bad, but I was done by 10am. Didn't see any hikers or much of anything else. It's surprising that hiking just a few of the new trails I discovered, I was quickly nearly up to 9 miles. I found a few more unmapped trails and would hike a few feet out and back to mark them with a spur on my GPS track, making it easy to find them when I go back to hike the rest of them again.
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Jun 29 2019
DarthStiller
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 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Rock Tank Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking9.90 Miles 564 AEG
Hiking9.90 Miles   4 Hrs   14 Mns   2.34 mph
564 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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When I hiked the Hawknest/Latigo loop last March, I intended to hike the Rock Tank Trail but then forgot. In the meantime, I noticed a lot of unmapped trails in this area. This time I went back to check some of those out.

I started out on the Powerline #1 Road, then the Hawknest like my last time here. When I got to the junction for the Rock Tank Trail, I noticed that an unmapped trail that seems to also be part of the Rock Tank Trail heads northwest towards the Axle Grease Trail. I took that until it faded away and then headed back to the Rock Tank Trail. At the Latigo Trail, the Rock Tank again continues unmapped farther to the south. I took that spur out and back and headed northeast on the Latigo.

I took the first unmapped trail junction along the Latigo and started following those trails, generally heading in a northeast direction. There were several junctions, and at each one I hiked a very short spur to mark it on my track. If you zoom in on my posted track you can see them.

I eventually ended up back on the Hawknest Trail by the connecting trail to the Axle Grease. I took that spur out and back and headed back along the Powerline #1 Road, taking a few more spurs along the way.

The clouds early in the morning made the weather pretty cool. There were a few breezes that also helped with that. By the time I finished, it was only 96, made it out before the triple digits hit for the day.

Two hawks were sitting on 2 separate powerline towers on my way back screeching at me or each other, I don't know which.

Not an eventful hike, but nice to find as many unmapped and previously unhiked trails on this hike. Also nice to find several more trails to make a return trip worthwhile.
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Nov 01 2018
mazatzal
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 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Latigo and Rock Tank, AZ 
Latigo and Rock Tank, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2018
mazatzal
Hiking12.60 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking12.60 Miles   5 Hrs      2.70 mph
750 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Started at Pima/Dynamite TH and took the newly extended Latigo trail over to Whiskey Bottle and back. On the return I did a short detour on the new Rock Tank trail.

Lots of flowers for this time of year :)
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