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Tarantula Trail - MSPN - 2 members in 5 triplogs have rated this an average 4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jul 05 2021
Nightstalker
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 Routes 96
 Photos 5,962
 Triplogs 1,029

53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Pima Dynamite Loop, AZ 
Pima Dynamite Loop, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Jul 05 2021
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking10.70 Miles 631 AEG
Mtn Biking10.70 Miles   2 Hrs      7.83 mph
631 ft AEG      38 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Busy morning at Pima and Dynamite trailhead with Carey and Dan.
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Aug 29 2020
DarthStiller
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 Guides 26
 Routes 379
 Photos 7,654
 Triplogs 577

52 male
 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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Apr 12 2020
Nightstalker
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 Routes 96
 Photos 5,962
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53 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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1st trip
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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Feb 06 2020
mazatzal
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 Routes 34
 Photos 2,417
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64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Latigo Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2020
mazatzal
Hiking15.00 Miles 620 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles   6 Hrs      2.69 mph
620 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
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Latigo - Hackamore - Tarantula - Dare A Sarah - Scorpion - Powerline #1 - Snake Eyes - West Express - Hawknest - Broken Spoke - High Desert - Stagecoach - Cholla Mtn loop - Maverick - Watershed - Chuckwagon - Browns Ranch rd

Not many others out, great weather :)
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Nov 17 2019
DarthStiller
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 Guides 26
 Routes 379
 Photos 7,654
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52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Cloudburst Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2019
DarthStiller
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.
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average hiking speed 2.6 mph

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