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Maricopa Trail - White Tank/I-10 - 1 member in 3 triplogs has rated this an average 1 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Oct 12 2022
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60 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Maricopa Trail - White Tank/I-10Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2022
kingsnakeTriplogs 773
Hiking12.55 Miles 131 AEG
Hiking12.55 Miles   1 Hour   37 Mns   7.76 mph
131 ft AEG
 
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Back to another one of my ongoing day-hiking “thru” hike projects: the Maricopa Trail. I suppose you could actually thru-hike it, though you’d be spending some nights in occasionally sketchy spots, like the meth campers near Lake Pleasant, or the barrios of south Phoenix. (That might explain why one guy actually trail ran all 240 miles in just under 70 hours: https://www.12news.com/article/news/loc ... 1d893c0615 ) 🤯

There is no official Maricopa Trail trailhead at I-10. There’s a ton of development going on in the Verrado area, and satellite view lags on-the-ground reality by up to three years, so the open desert at the west end of McDowell Rd. may now actually be an auto mall for all I know. Not sure of the legalities of parking in the nearby residential neighborhoods, today’s end point would be the Culver’s on Verrado Way. 🍔

Starting from the library at 7:20, the trail was quite rocky. Early on, my left pedal hit a rock. It does not take any force for the serrated grip on a bike pedal to gouge flesh. So, imagine hitting a rock, causing the pedal to snap back into your shin …

Dirt Northern Ave. was welcome relief, despite being unable to avoid a 💩.

At the Beardsley Canal, I initially started down the access road, but soon corrected. You could ride the gravel road, but the singletrack is smooth. Besides, why are you riding in nature?

The three miles south of Northern -- ha! -- were a welcome, smooth, relief. I arrived at the Jackrabbit "Trailhead" in about an hour, including photo stops.

Heading south along 195th Ave. / Jackrabbit Trail, on a weekday morning, I didn’t see anyone else on the path, shoulder, or even the odd bit of singletrack.

At the Indian School Rd. corner, there were no Maricopa Trail signs: The only signs I saw were campaign posters.

Sat view is usually three years out-of-date: Indian School shows as two lanes, no bike path. Now, there is a sidewalk and a bike lane. Because the sidewalk crosses many shopping center driveways, I instead chose to ride in the bike lane, as I figured it would give me greater visibility to a turning vehicle.

Heading through Verrado's pocket parks, I passed several joggers and dog walkers. A bridge was being built to extend Thomas Rd. into Verrado. The sidewalk was signed off, but everyone was ignoring it, so I did too. 😇

Near the sewage plant, instead of following Maricopa Trail, I instead stayed on the bike path, which briefly cut through a corner of the housing, before heading slightly downhill, under Verrado Way. I then looped right, up to the Verrado Way bike lane, following that to the Culver’s ¼ mile ahead.

Bike Video: https://vimeo.com/760757521
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There were some rather large clusters of Pectis papposa, particularly among, or adjacent to, grass or thick clusters of shrubbery. No other flowers of any kind at all. Unless you count houses in Verrado ...
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Sep 21 2022
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Maricopa Trail - White Tank/I-10Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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kingsnakeTriplogs 773
Mtn Biking5.46 Miles 274 AEG
Mtn Biking5.46 Miles   1 Hour   43 Mns   3.18 mph
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Thunderstorms predicted until at least mid-day. Decided to make the trip out west anyway. Didn't look too bad at north end of White Tanks. Black at the south end. Torn whether to bail, start from the library on Olive Ave., or follow my plan: Bike 5.5 miles up to the library, turn on my GoPro, then head back, continuing on to the Culvers on Verrado Way @ I-10.

Stuck to plan.

Light rain for about 10 minutes mid-way to library. But I was sucking wind. Slippery rocks did not help. Bit off more than I could chew, considering I hadn't really biked in well over a month.

Got to library, decided to bail.
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Only one species -- golden crownbeard? -- but that one fairly often.
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May 22 2020
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 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Maricopa Trail - White Tank/I-10Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 22 2020
DarthStillerTriplogs 634
Hiking9.62 Miles 291 AEG
Hiking9.62 Miles   3 Hrs   32 Mns   2.72 mph
291 ft AEG
 
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My original plan was to finally hike some normal trails and include the one section of the Mule Deer Trail that is part of the MT. When I got there, I found that the park was closed for the day due to a fire. the gate was closed and a guy was out front. I asked him about it and he said there was a fire was last night. Channel 3 was on the scene waiting for something to happen. I turned around, pulled over, and figured out my plan B, which was finishing off the section of the MT thru the Verrado area that I hadn't done. Fortunately, I already planned to do that hike on Sunday and had already made a route, so all I had to do was switch it over on Route Scout and drive another 6 miles to where I planned to hike from.

So then for this actual hike, I parked at the NW corner of Indian School and Jackrabbit. I followed the MT westbound on Indian School, then took the MT southbound to I-10. Just past Verrado HS a meandering sidewalk has been installed that leads directly to the bicycle path that parallels a Verrado subdivision. The bicycle path is actually kind of nice. It also parallels a wash and you get some decent views to the south of the Estrellas. Lots of local foot traffic in this area.

the subdivision ends about a half mile north of I-10, then you follow dirt roads. I hiked to where I was last Friday and turned around.

From my parking area, I headed northbound on Jackrabbit to where I left off last December from White Tanks. Most of this is paved bicycle path, with one short section of single track, which quickly fades into berm. the area I left off last time looks different now since it was under construction last time. still not totally done, but the road into the subdivision is paved now, with some palm trees at the entrance. Also a new sidewalk that wasn't there before.

Headed back to the car and that was it. Saw an interesting house that I couldn't tell if it was empty or not. Kind of interesting to see that sort of thing on urban hikes.
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