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Best trails in McDowell Mountain Regional Park

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Looking for a great trail in McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Arizona? AllTrails has 25 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 16 moderate trails in McDowell Mountain Regional Park ranging from 2.4 to 22.5 miles and from 1,660 to 3,205 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Dixie Mine
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
Dixie Mine is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking anShow more
#2 - Thompson Peak
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
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Length: 9.5 mi • Est. 5 h 13 m
Thompsons Peak is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fountain Hills, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used fShow more
#3 - Scenic Trail
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
Note: There is a $7 entrance fee if you do not have an annual pass. This is a nice mild level trail to start, once you start your incline to the top of the hill you begin to increase elevation ratherShow more
#4 - Ringtail Loop
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 10 m
Ringtail Loop is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options Show more
#5 - Pemberton Trail Loop
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
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Length: 14.8 mi • Est. 6 h 31 m
Pemberton Trail Loop is a 14.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity Show more
#6 - Dixie Mine Trail
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
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Length: 11.1 mi • Est. 5 h 13 m
This trail is closed on holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years. Note: $2 fee to hike the trailShow more
#7 - McDowell Mountain North Trail
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
It’s flat and offers great views. The Sonoran Desert vegetation is stunning, especially the many huge and multi armed saguaros on the southern half of the loop. Most of McDowell Park is pretty sparse Show more
#8 - Balanced Rock Trail Loop
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 15 m
Balanced Rock Trail Loop is a 2.9 mile loop trail located near Carefree, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, horses,Show more
#9 - Wagner-Granite-Bluff Trails
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
Wagner-Granite-Bluff Trails is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a nuShow more
#10 - Dixie Mine, Coachwhip, Windmill, Bell Pass and Prospector Loop
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
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Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 5 h 1 m
Note: The entrance is gated to private property and the attendant won't open it until sunrise. Also, there is a park fee when you enter into McDowell Mountain Park. Show more
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