Just when I thought we had been on every trail in the Phoenix area, my parents surprise me! We jumped in the car (me jumping and my folks just getting in) and drove down to Scottsdale. I haven’t spent much time here, so I was excited. The sky was blue and the temperatures in the high 50s. This was gonna be an awesome day!
We took Dynamite Road to 136 where the Granite Mountain/McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is located: 31402 N. 136th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85262. Right now, the parking lot is dirt and humans had to use porta-potties. In the future, though, there will be a paved parking lot with nice restrooms. It’s a work in progress so please excuse the mess.
We didn’t have a pay a fee, and I was welcome on leash. We saw lots of bike racks, so we knew we’d encounter cyclists. We must all share the trail, including horses. I didn’t see any big beasts, but I smelled their “piles.” Hey, I am a dog! Don’t judge me.
Apparently, the hill in this area is called Granite Mountain. I was confused. We hiked Granite Mountain, but that was a longer drive up to Prescott. My mom told me this was another Granite Mountain and was part of the McDowell Mountains, known for boulders and lots of wild flowers. We got on the Bootlegger Trail and then connected to the Granite Mountain loop. We weren’t going up today but around. The trail was nice and easy and would be great for beginners. We had some humans with us who hadn’t hiked in a while, so this was perfect for them.
Because of all the rain, the grasses were tall. Oh, how I love rubbing my face in grass! What? You haven’t done that before? You should give it a try sometime. The wildflowers were pretty, but what impressed me was the extra tall Saguaro cactus. Wow! They looked like the ones we’ve seen at Spur Cross Ranch. Very cool.
We met some nice people on the trail and did have to get out of the way of several cyclists. Most of them were courteous, but you have to be careful. Some of them zoom by really fast. All in all, we went about 3 miles.
Afterwards, we drove further into Scottsdale, but I couldn’t tell you where. I was left in the car while they ate lunch. I opted to take a nap, and when I awoke, my mom had one of those special styrofoam boxes. Oh boy! She opened it up, and I had grilled chicken strips. Yum! I instantly forgave her…for what I couldn’t remember. Life is good. Get out there!
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
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