Tag Archives: Hiking Trails

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.


Friday Fitness Hikes!

The New Year is almost upon us and that means a fresh new start for 2014! McDowell Mountain Park is offering Friday Fitness Hikes starting on January 3rd with the Escondido Trail.

Hiking through the Sonoran Desert on a trail

Hiking through the Sonoran Desert on a trail

Join Ranger Amy for an 8 am start to a 3 hour hike of the McDowell Mountain Park. Each week features a different trail so the exercise keeps fresh and the scenery stays engaging!

There is no fee for the activity but there is a vehicle entrance fee to the park of $6.

For more information please visit:    http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowell/