Monday, March 19, 2018

Biological Diversity and Remote Backcounty on the Maricopa Trail.

Biological Diversity and Remote Backcounty on the Maricopa Trail.
Of the 10 county regional parks that are linked together by the Maricopa Trail, the one with the most biological diversity is also the smallest.  At just over 2000 acres, it’s just a fraction of the size of White Tank Mountain Regional Park (about 30,000 acres). Despite its tiny footprint, the park has the largest number of documented plant species in the system. 

Complex geology, archeological sites, active wildlife and the riparian corridor of Cave Creek make this one of the most interesting places in the Valley. The Maricopa Trail shares space with the Spur Cross Trail, moving through the park to connect with the Tonto National Forest trail system. It’s a great place to step out on one of the route’s most remote and beautiful segments.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Fletcher Heights Parkfest

Fletcher Heights Parkfest
Jan Hancock, MTPF & Bill Moss, City of Peoria

The Maricopa Trail & Park Foundation spent the morning of February 24, 2018 at the New River Trailhead @ Fletcher Heights.
Kid visitors got free bike and fire helmets
The trailhead is located at 7639 W. Deer Valley Road in Peoria and offers easy access to the 12.5-mile New River Trail---a paved non-motorized route that runs from Bethany Home Road to Williams Road that has connectivity with Glendale's Grand Canal Trail, the 14+-mile Fletcher Heights Community Pathway System and myriad others across the Metro Phoenix area.
You can literally get to almost anywhere in the Valley from this trailhead and not have to walk on a road.
There was a lot of free swag
Larry Snead provided MT info for visitors
Future plans include more links between Peoria Trail and Bikeway System the Maricopa Trail.
New River Trailhead 
To learn more about the visit and
Yummy free breakfast burritos

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Maricopa Trail in the news

Maricopa Trail featured on

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

More Photos from the Prickly Pedal Mountain Bike Race: Jan 20, 2018

Some top finishers

Jan Hancock of MTPF

First riders cross the finish line.
Larry Sneed of MTPF
Top woman finisher gives an interview

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Prickly Pedal Mountain Bike Race 2018

Prickly Pedal Mountain Bike Race 2018
Saturday January 20th was a drizzly, chilly day on the Maricopa Trail, but that didn't stop 300+ racers from participating in the 40-mile contest that ran from Spur Cross in Cave Creek to Lake Pleasant Regional Park. The sun peeked in-and-out of the clouds during the after party and during the highlight of the day: the third annual KID RACE hosted by Desert Foothills Mountain Bike Association.

More photos will follow, but here's a look at the kiddos in action.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Maricopa Trail Bronco-Granite Mountain Segment

Peaks of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in distance.
The segment is well-signed.
Looking for a quick and easy way to explore a scenic portion of the Maricopa Trail that runs through Tonto National Forest? Then, step out on the Bronco-Granite Mountain Segment. The 20+-mile segment runs from the Bronco Trailhead off Seven Springs Road north of Carefree to the Granite Mountain Trailhead in Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  Don't be intimidated by its long length and rugged terrain. The segment is bisected by Bartlett Dam Road which makes it easy to hike it as a car shuttle or separate day hikes.
Four Peaks on the western horizon.
Still kinda nervous about venturing out into one of the  trail's most remote locations? No problem---you can test your mettle on the more moderate southern half first. From Bartlett Dam Road, just hike south through spectacular Sonoran Desert with great vistas of surrounding mountain ranges and wilderness areas. It's just 3.4 miles one way to the preserve boundary where you can opt to continue on or return the way you came for a pleasant, easy day hike.
Rich desert scenery in Tonto National Forest

LENGTH: 6.8 miles roundtrip
RATING: easy
ELEVATION: 2845 – 3220 feet
Bartlett Dam Road Trailhead.
From Loop 101 in Scottsdale, take the Pima/Princess Drive exit 36 and go 13 miles north on Pima and turn right on Cave Creek Road.  Continue 4.1 miles to Bartlett Dam Road, turn right and go 0.4 mile to where a dirt road crosses at a “no target shooting” sign and 0.1 mile past the Tonto national Forest ranger station.  Turn right and park along the dirt turn outs. This area is heavily used by ATVs, so don’t block roads.  This segment may also be accessed via a 0.2-mile connector path from trailhead at the ranger station when it’s open. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

REI Pitch Fest 2018

Congratulations to Team Maricopa Trail + Park Foundation for a great presentation at last night's REI Pitch Fest 2018. 
Jan Hancock presents key team members.
Let's keep our fingers crossed for much-needed grant money that will help accomplish MTPF 2018 goals for enhanced trail stewardship programs. Grants will be announced in the next few weeks.
Overview of MTPF goals for 2018
Brian Derrick intros his Eagle Scout son's MT project.
Larry Snead and Rick Kesselman point out goal areas on MT.