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Trail

10.5 mile 16.9 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 500' 153 m
Descent: -496' -151 m
High: 3,009' 917 m
Low: 2,716' 828 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)

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Trail shared by Tom Dobson

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Overview

This hike starts and finishes at the Brown's Ranch Trailhead. The super soft crisscrossing sets of trails make this an awesome route. This is the new section north of the McDowells. It's also popular with Mountain Bikers, so leave the ear buds at home (they sleep in...start early).

Description

Starting out from the trailhead, take Brown's Ranch Road to the north about a mile then hang a right on Vaquero Trail.

Vaquero Trail is soft rolling singletrack for about a mile where it ties into the powerline road. Hang a left on the power line road and hike about 300 feet to Chuckwagon Trail.

Turn left on Chuckwagon Trail and cruise up a slight incline over wide singletrack for about a mile. Hang a left at the sign on Cholla Mountain Loop Trail. Hike the loop clockwise all the way around (about 3 miles) then turn south (left) on Watershed Trail.

After about 1/2 mile turn right on Maverick Trail for a quick 1.4 back to the fire road and the way home.

This is a super easy set of trails. Maps are available at the trailhead as are water and bathrooms. All roads lead back to the trailhead, so if you make a wrong turn, just keep going. The longest section before and intersection is about a mile.

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Land Manager: City of Scottsdale

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Feb 16, 2018
Ron Turner
Beautiful but better for biking than hiking I think. More of a nature walk trail. Tough to break a sweat unless you were running 10.3mi

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