One of the perks of living in Scottsdale is the abundance of hiking, biking and walking trails that are right at our doorstep. The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is like no other in the Valley. With 60 miles of trails and 21,000 acres of stunning geography, lush cacti forests and diverse wildlife, this trail is one you must explore.
The Preserve offers an array of trails and award-winning facilities. There are eight trailheads to choose from. The Brown’s Ranch Trailhead is a short, gentle trail that begins at Alma School Road and Rio Verde, in Troon. Next is Gateway Trailhead, located in McDowell Mountain Ranch at 18333 N. Thompson Peak Rd. Next is the Lost Dog Wash Access area, located at 12601 N. 124th St. at the north end of 124th street just beyond Anasazi Elementary School. This is a major access point to the preserve, and it is well known as an equestrian trail. Last is Tom’s Thumb Trailhead, which is located at 23015 N. 128th Street. This is a very popular trailhead and it offers 3 trails for you to follow.
In addition, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve offers many opportunities for education by offering many events and programs. First, there are trailhead hosts, called Pathfinders, at each trail to enhance your enjoyment and to offer advice on which trail might be best for you. There are also Nature Guides that provide educational and interactive opportunities for the community to learn about the value, significance and wonder of the Preserve. Last, there is the Family Passport, that engages the whole family and promotes family activities by encouraging the whole family to gather and go for a hike. Friday nights are family hiking nights, and they offer wildlife hikes and discovery hikes.
Now, you have no more excuses to sit on that couch! Get out today and take advantage of all the hiking this fabulous city has to offer!
If you’re wondering how much it takes to live near these trails, here are the recent home sales in McDowell Mountain Ranch.