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Maricopa Trail into the Aqua Fria river

We did a part of the Maricopa Trail south of Lake Pleasant today. It was a very nice walk in the desert without anyone around.  We went south first and followed the trail to where it goes into the Aqua Fria riverbed. Then we went east and followed the trail as originally planned.

We will meet at the carpool or the trailhead (7:30)

The plan for this Sunday hike to to walk south and follow the riverbed for a few miles and see what we can see.

Total Distance: 6-7 out and back

Elevation: Negligible

Difficulty: Snakes and Lizards but not the hike

This is a map of the entire trail (not finished yet)

http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/MaricopaTrail/

This is the area we will be Find the Aqua Fria trail head in the lower left. We will be going south (unmarked) forging our own trail

http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/MaricopaTrail/pdf/2012maps/printer/72k-regional-trail-anthem-pleasant-bw-8x11.pdf

Directions to trail head:  I17 north to exit 223 West Rt 74 Lake Pleasant Highway. go west approx 10 miles...take the first right (Beardsly) after the Marina turnoff. It is at the bottom of the hill, well before the turn off for Lake Pleasant. Follow that road till you see a sign with a U turn for parking for the trailhead. Pull in and park. All roads are paved



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  • Carroll W.

    Great time with a great group!

    October 27, 2013

  • Bill

    I showed up at the carpool spot before 7am. Waited until 7:10am. I guess I was supposed to rsvp twice, because I didn't find anyone from this group in the fry's parking lot. I drove out to the Trailhead, and saw three cars there. It wasn't a bad hike. Never saw the group, but one of the vehicles had a 3h sticker. I hope you guys had a nice hike.

    October 27, 2013

  • Doug

    Sorry for not making it. Needless to say I had a little too much of a good time at a couple Halloween parties on Saturday. Nonetheless, I am looking forward to meeting up with you all soon!

    October 27, 2013

  • MaryJoy

    Have another event that day, however I look forward to what you encounter forging your own trail :-) ... Have a great adventure!!

    October 21, 2013

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