I drove to Casa Grande to make my first visit at the CGMP. I took Africa Road to a broad parking lot and began the Spine Trail/Ridge Trail Loop, which was supposed to be 7.5 miles.
The first couple of miles parallels either 1-10 or I-8 so views aren't all that great and the trail is kind of flat and boring. Odd is that twice I encountered a three way trail junction and each of the three incoming trails were named "Spine Trail". I didn't have a gpx track to follow so used my unsound intuition. Eventually....
....I got on the Ridge Trail which is labeled as "Difficult" but by our standards, the trail would struggle to meet the "Moderate" standard. Also strange, the Ridge trail never came close to the ridge. I wondered why it wasn't named "Foothills Trail".
Mentioning what is an officially difficult hike, Newmann Peak in the distance, on the left, across from Picacho Peak. I must have missed a loop as I returned to the parking lot with only 3.25 miles. All in all, quite lame.
We had some rain move through and behind it the clouds have lingered. Above, the Wilderness and Leviathan domes. I've always wanted to at least hike to the base of them but not yet done that.