hiking

dogs on leash

walking

trail running

wild flowers

birding

kid friendly

views

wildlife

mountain biking

nature trips

This beautiful hike is great for all hikers, beginners, and advanced. The main hike is flat and easy, but the preserve also has difficult hikes for the more adventurous. It also has tons of wildlife that you don't see as much in the main Phoenix area, such as Cactus wrens, vultures, snakes, tortoises, javelina, deer, and tarantulas.10/10 would hike again

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

Easy hike, but very scenic, and the facilities and trails are immaculate.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This is an easy hike, good for trail running or for bringing kids. Beautiful when wildflowers are in bloom, otherwise not the most scenic. Generally pretty busy. Easy access with restrooms at trailhead.

on Pemberton Trail

1 month ago

Fantastic Trail. Clean well kept facilities. As an out of towner was happy to have found this trail for some quick little runs in the morning.

This hike is a bit of a rough one but if you're like me you stare at the radio towers on Thompson peak from across town all day long. You drive into Fountain Hills and begin at the Sonoran trail head. There is a parking lot there and for about a 1/2 mile you follow the feathers that are emblazoned on the side walk through a residential area. It's a little strange that this is how it begins but there's no helping it. The trail head parking lot is abutting a private property protected gate. But hikers/trailrunners/bikers are welcome. You follow the feathers to the Sonoran put in trail head. About 1.5 miles in the trail splits to become the Dixie Mine trail or continue counterclockwise on the Sonoran trail head towards Sunrise peak. If you continue on the Dixie Mine trail for about another 2 miles or so you'll hit the access road that the Cox Communication trucks use to then drive up and service the radio tower. Some of that road is tolerable. There is a paved section approximately 1 mile straight up. It's literally a 45 degree angle. It's truly horrible. But you're rewarded with a plateau area that saddles between the FH and Scottsdale sides. After this it's a slow grind up more paved roads to the top. The trail is extremely sparse with hikers but if you live in Scottsdale and enjoy the McDowell's it's at least a local bucket list hike that I'd recommend. Views on top are stunning.....although the radio frequency vibrations of the towers make you wonder if you should bail quickly.