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New Trail Connecting Scottsdale and Fountain Hills!

June brings the opening of a new trail in the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

Hiking through the Sonoran Desert on a trail

Hiking through the Sonoran Desert 

Hikers will get to the new trail via the Sunrise and Lost Dog Wash Trailheads at the south end of the preserve. The land that is connected is the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve and the Fountain Hills McDowell Mountain Preserve. This new hike will be 2.5 miles long and will now give hikers direct access to the eastern McDowell Mountains and the land leading up to the Tonto National Forest.

The trail has yet to be officially designated, but they expect it to be named after the 2 gentlemen that were key in creating the preserves. The new path proposed name is Andrews-Kinsey Trail.


Take a Hike in the Hills!

The weather is perfect and the views are beautiful.  It’s time to head out for a hike in and around Fountain Hills.  Local residents have a surprising number of trails that provide various challenges, scenery and time requirements.

Sonoran Lifestyle Real EstateLake Park Trail at  Fountain Park is perhaps one of the best known (and easiest) to enjoy.  With gentle slopes, wide sidewalks and plenty of park benches or ramadas to enjoy the fall weather, the Lake Park Trail is busy from dawn till dusk with thousands each day who also like to stop in at Mountain View Coffee, Euro Cafe or Oyo Yogurt Shop for a treat.

Lake Overlook Trail is a more challenging portion of the Lake Park Trail and takes hikers through desert vistas on the upper reaches of Lakeside Village.  At the very top, hikers get magnificent views of Fountain Hills, the Verde River and Valley,   Four Peaks Mountain, Fort McDowell Reservation, Goldfield Mountains and the Superstition Mountains.    Trails are gravel and well marked, providing a great start to your hiking adventures before moving to more difficult mountain trails.  

Hiking through the Sonoran Desert on a trail

Hiking through the Sonoran Desert on a trail

The Dixie Mine Trail is accessed through the gated community of Eagles Nest with a lovely trail head building and parking area.  The Dixie Mine was established in 1877, when scouts noticed expanses of red quartz in this area. Apparently, red quartz often occurs in proximity to gold and silver deposits, so the mine was established. Although some silver and gold was extracted from the mine, signicant profits were never realized.  It finally closed in 1917 and was given to the state. There are petroglyphs believed to have been created between 1000 and 1500 A.D., when the Hohokams populated this area. Where the Hohokam people went remains a mystery; and no living descendants can be claimed. The trail is 4.3 miles round trip.

Ft Hills ScenicThe West View Overlook Trail is accessed at the end of Eagles Nest Drive, near CopperWynd Resort.  Because the first 1.7 miles of this trail are through private property, trail stewards often organize guided hikes.  When the trail progresses (in beautiful, high vistas overlooking Fountain Hills and the Eastern Mountain chains) there are various trails like West Overlook, Wayne Trail, Western Loop and Sonoran Trail that place hikers near the crests of many of the McDowell Mountains.  For a copy of the local trail maps go to:  McDowell Sonoran Preserve Map

North of Fountain Hills, the McDowell Mountain Regional Park provides a number of hiking trails that  range from .5 miles to 3 miles.  The Park is accessed off McDowell Mountain Road, and Park Ranger Amy is often there to assist with trail selection, information about the Sonoran Desert and guided hikes.  McDowell Park Map at:  McDowell Mountain Park Trails

The Sunrise Trail is a slightly more engaging trail that begins over the hill in Scottsdale on Via Linda at approx. 140th Street. The trail climbs high up behind the homes and then to the canyon that offers more views.  You can see the Fountain in the distance and the different mountain ranges around the valley. The hike is about an hour up and an hour back. Dogs and horses are also welcome on this trail.  See the map:  Scottsdale Mountain Preserve Maps


McDowell Mountain Park is Alive with Nature!

Hiking through the Sonoran Desert on a trail

Hiking through the Sonoran Desert on a trail

The McDowell Mountain Regional Park is here in our back yard and it is brimming with life and excitement! We are lucky enough to have wonderful Rangers that offer a calendar of events to help bring that nature to us.

They offer Early Bird Desert Birdwalks and feedings of Reptile and Live Animals which are sure to intrigue and give us a new appreciation for the wildlife we share this beautiful Sonoran Desert with.

They also lead informative lectures that teach us about Living with Rattlesnakes and also Nature’s Grocery Store, a hike that introduces us to what is edible in the desert.

There are so many different kinds of wildlife in the Sonoran Desert

There are so many different kinds of wildlife in the Sonoran Desert

The calendar of events and for more interesting information on The McDowell Mountain Regional Park please go to http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowell/

World-class Hiking and Biking in Fountain Hills Back Yard!


The 21,099 acre McDowell Mountain Regional Park is just a few miles north, between Fountain Hills and Rio Verde. One of the largest in the Maricopa County Park System, the McDowell Mountain Regional Park is probably best known as a mecca for mountain biking enthusiasts from across the country, yet it is also a fantastic place to hike, horseback ride, camp, RV, picnic, bird-watch, stargaze, take photographs or just get out and enjoy nature. There is a $6.00 per vehicle fee to enter the park! If you visit frequently then you might want to obtain a Maricopa Mountain Parks Annual Pass, or a Senior Pass, which is free.

The beautiful Sonoran Desert in bloom.

The beautiful Sonoran Desert in bloom.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park has over 50 miles of trails within its boundaries, and the western edge of the Park borders the McDowell Sonoran Preserve which has an additional 50-plus miles of hiking and biking trails! Several International marathons, bicycle, mountain bike and fun runs draw contestants from across the globe, but most of the

The park has an amazing range of activities each month, and publishes a monthly calendar.  “Ranger Amy” is a crowd favorite, but her interpretive hike with the “Creepy Crawlies of the Desert” is a favorite for adventurers of all ages.  The next class is scheduled for February 23, 2013.

Date: February 23rd

Time: 1-2 pm

Contact: Amyburnett@mail.maricopa.gov  /  480-471-0173  Ext. 201

Ranger Amy guides you on this event and there is no registration required!

Enjoy the hikes through the Sonoran Desert with Ranger Amy.

Enjoy the hikes through the Sonoran Desert with Ranger Amy.

Photography is another favorite pastime in our beautiful Sonoran Desert…and the Park sponsors dozens of hikes each week that provide the perfect opportunity to capture the essence of the Fountain Hills area.  Regularly schedules Fitness hikes every Friday are enjoyed by dozens of visitors and locals alike, and a special cell phone photo hike is planned for March, where you might catch the early desert wildflowers.

We, at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate know how stunning our surroundings are. We hope you enjoy the hikes and the beautiful scenery that we wake up  to everyday. If you would like to enjoy our weather and scenery everyday, then please drop by our office and we can help find you the perfect Desert Oasis of your own!  www.150ways.com