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Cloudburst Trail - MSPN - 3 members in 5 triplogs have rated this an average 3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 07 2022

 Routes 98
 Photos 6,093
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54 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Pima Dynamite, AZ 
Pima Dynamite, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar May 07 2022
NightstalkerTriplogs 1,147
Mtn Biking12.60 Miles 657 AEG
Mtn Biking12.60 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   8.59 mph
657 ft AEG      36 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
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Nice loop through McDowell Sonoran Preserve from Pima and Dynamite trailhead with Dan and Carey.
Feb 25 2022

 Guides 21
 Routes 605
 Photos 31,554
 Triplogs 1,276

66 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Hawknest Latigo Loop - MSPN, AZ 
Hawknest Latigo Loop - MSPN, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2022
tibberTriplogs 1,276
Hiking8.96 Miles 418 AEG
Hiking8.96 Miles   3 Hrs      3.02 mph
418 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
1st trip
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Lately I'm inclined toward hiking in the Scottsdale area on Fridays to try and avoid the weekend crowds. I've not seen nor hiked near this trailhead. So after my hair appt in N Scottsdale, picking up a Subway sandwich that I ate at the TH, it was time to start hiking.
I had drawn out this loop of around 8 1/2 miles; pretty flat, I couldn't seem to fit in a hill :( . I had to limit my time out here as I had an evening event to attend to see my niece cheerleading at her high school's quarter final basketball game at Veteran's Coliseum. I knew this was a likely biking area so suspected the trails would be smooth as glass and they were. It really does let you enjoy your surroundings so much more when you can walk and gawk.

I started with the Hawknest Trail on the west side of this area and headed north. I immediately noticed it was a fabulous desert area and would be for the whole hike. Throughout this hike, there are also smatterings of boulder sections so that's always fun. The flora was changing throughout and there were saguaros dispersed as well. The only distraction were those darn power poles but I did get somewhat used to them.

There are many trails that intersect and while there are signs, sometimes they are just a little confusing. I pretty much knew my route and how far I needed to hike so I didn't have a problem. I finally got far enough and high enough that I could now see the snow on the mountains so I zoomed in for a closer look. After passing by several other trail junctions, I finally got to the Cloudburst Trail which would start my route mostly to the east, altho it squiggles north from time to time. You have nice views of both Cone and Brown Mountains.

Next was the very scenic Cone Mountain Trail that I had lost been on with Linda a few years back. It was near this section where I would see the only Teddy chollas. You start heading slightly south while continuing east. There's lots of boulders and great flora as you hike below the south flank of Cone Mountain. I hiked by a nice section of lavender plants. I now hooked up with part of the Hackamore Trail that took me east. You can take it to the southside of Brown's Ranch TH; for me it was just a 1/2 mile connector to the three miles of the Latigo Trail southward toward the Pima/Dynamite Trailhead. I now realized I would get done sooner than I thot and wish I had brot an after-hike beer.

Hiking into the sun limited my photo taking for the most part. There are views to the Tom's Thumb area and McDowell Mountains as well as a lot of green grass of Troon. And even though you start seeing houses too, you still feel very much in the middle of the desert. Oh, before I forget, occasionally I would have to get off the trail as bikers would pass by and the ground was so cushy :) ; I really liked that. There were several intersecting trails so once again, I felt the need to consult the signs to make sure I stayed the course.

There were interesting changes of flora as I continued south and now started to encounter more hikers and bikers. I would probably see about a dozen hikers and two dozen bike riders on this hike so not bad. I'm still having problems with my once seemingly flawless phone camera. I'm going to change the lens protector as maybe it's scratched and see if that helps. The trail makes a wide swath as it takes you to the TH.

These TH digs are really quite beautiful. The bathroom was very nice and very modern as was the water station. These trails are a little flat for me as I like to throw in some sort of climb but really nothing much around here except maybe Rock Tank Trail.

WATCH: 8.69 miles (2,760 high point/2,365 low) Avg 133 bpm/151 max with 57% in Zone 3 aerobic, 42% Zone 2 Weight Control burning 1,230 calories. Starting temp 59, sunny and 27% humidity finishing at 12:54PM. Believe it or not, I kept my vest on the whole time. It was mostly the breeze that kept it just a tad nippy for me.
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Chuparosa were in all sorts of conditions and some were superb! Wiry Lotus was mostly that. It's just not the most beautiful plant to photograph. A few of the Mormon Tea were also blooming as was the Bursage... once again, not the most beautiful of blooms. There were a few blooming Wolfberries too.
For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
Jul 17 2021

 Guides 24
 Routes 19
 Photos 416
 Triplogs 1,875

53 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
Cloudburst Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jul 17 2021
mt98dewTriplogs 1,875
Run/Jog5.13 Miles 117 AEG
Run/Jog5.13 Miles      54 Mns   5.70 mph
117 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Drove out to one of my favorite trail systems….McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Wanted to get a loop involving Cloudburst. Got to the Brown Ranch TH around 7am. Went in on the Upper Ranch trail. One of the nicer entry points into the preserve. Connected briefly to the Cone Mountain and then it was onto Cloudburst. First time on this trail. Nice single track with some sweeping curves. Ideal for bikers. From the Cone trail it is more down than up; so definitely the direction you want to be going if you are on a bike. Cloudburst ends at a crossroads of trails. Took the West Express for a short stint to connect to the Hackamore. Neat little juncture, quite a few uniquely weathered boulders pepper the landscape. On Hackamore for just over a mile to connect to Latino took Latino back to the TH. Nice run. Temps were only in the 80’s but it felt worse with the humidity. Got spit at few times by Mother Nature, so sadly Cloudburst did not live up to its name :lol: …Love the McDowells!
Dec 03 2019

 Routes 34
 Photos 2,517
 Triplogs 1,207

65 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Cloudburst Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 03 2019
mazatzalTriplogs 1,207
Hiking12.00 Miles 1,120 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   2.44 mph
1,120 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
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1st trip
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Upper Ranch - Cone Mtn - Cloudburst - Hawksnest - Broken Spoke - High Desert - Stagecoach - Cholla Man loop - Watershed - Chuckwagon - Browns Ranch Rd

Fairly quiet when you get into the northern area. Quite a few pools still around.
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Nov 17 2019

 Guides 26
 Routes 428
 Photos 8,342
 Triplogs 628

53 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Cloudburst Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2019
DarthStillerTriplogs 628
Hiking5.60 Miles 393 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   2 Hrs   8 Mns   2.63 mph
393 ft AEG
1st trip
With the Steeler debacle happening on Thursday night, Sunday was open for a nice hike with the family. A few new trails in the northern MSPN were recently published, and I never took them up there before, so this seemed liked the way to go. I decided on a circuit with the Cloudcrest and Tarantula Trails that was between 5 and 6 miles long.

I realized at the start I forgot to pack my camera and GPS, so I had to wing it using my phone as both. Not my preferred option, especially for the camera, but the habit of redundancy helps out.

We started out on the Upper Ranch Trail, then took the Cone Mountain Trail to the Cloudcrest Trail. Then a bit further east on the Hawknest Trail, then southbound on the West Express to the Tarantula Trail, then back to the trailhead on the Hackamore and Latigo Trails.

Saw more bikers than hikers during the hike, and one group of horse riders at the start of the Latigo. Temperature seemed to be a bit warmer at the very start then at the end, which was unusual. I think the breezes picked up later, contributing to that. Much more sun than yesterday, had to keep my hood up to prevent sunburn this time.

Hit Four Peaks for lunch on the way home, nice Sunday morning.
average hiking speed 2.53 mph

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