Explore the most popular birding trails in McDowell Mountain Regional Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 month ago

It’s fun to hiking with family. A lot of stone. It make it more difficult to walk with rocks but fun tho. Did not go loop we did Forth and back from RingTail to Lost Dog then back same way. 4 Miles. Will come back to different trails

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike!! Cactuses and other plants just starting to bloom! Mostly easy with a few spots that would be considered moderate. Not very many people... beautiful views! Take lots of water as there is no shade.

trail running
1 month ago

on Ringtail Loop

hiking
1 month ago

Easy peasy hike with not much variation. Trails are well marked.

hiking
2 months ago

Not a bad trail, perfect for trail running. goes along side residential zones for a part of it though which is disappointing.

hiking
2 months ago

A nice beginner trail, no aggressive grades, just like taking a walk in the park. Low traffic in late January. Nice trail, easy to duck off if you want.

hiking
4 months ago

We found ourselves here after a recommendation in Boots and Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers. It did not disappoint for a group of diverse hiking experiences. For a gorgeous January weekend we were almost alone on the trail with just a few hawks and planes in the blue sky above. Relatively flat we meandered as we saw fit and the path was well marked. I recommended going south (left) on the loop first and turning around occasionally to snap a pic of the magnificent views. Stop by the fountain when you're done. And eat Portillo's afterwards (added bonus). Get the Chicago Dog.

Not the best hike

Not that great

hiking
4 months ago

I hike this trail quite often seeing as I live in walking distance to the trailhead. Usually not crowded although sometimes on weekends there are hiking clubs that go. The mine is actually through the wash at the bottom. Great trail for everyone because you can either turn around at Dixie mine or keeping going to Thompson peak or prospector. Great hike for dogs too.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, gorgeous views each step of the way!

Fun trail, I’m surprised no one has reviewed this one. Some fast flowy, rock gardens, fast descents. I liked it will definitely do again.

hiking
5 months ago

Fairly mellow hike and good for most ages. Can be beautiful during wildflower season but that can also bring a lot of bees. Usually not super crowded.

hiking
6 months ago

Super easy, cute little hike that takes you to a surprise body of water at the end.

hiking
6 months ago

I’m bummed that I didn’t make it all the way. I thought this was a moderate not an easy hike.

hiking
6 months ago

One of our favorites! Great views without having to climb a peak. Very interesting rock formations. Mine itself is pretty cool too. A bit confusing to get to the mine itself, but there is a road up to the mine opening, which is caged off. Trail head is a new parking area so you can’t park right at the beginning. It is well marked but bring $2 for the trail fee, which you pay at the beginning of the Dixie Mine trail head.

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Good way to learn about the flora and fauna in the park with the guide.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

I come here after work to go running and it's beautiful. The flowers are in bloom so there's lots of colors and desert animals out. I started at Dixie Mine Trail and switched to the Sonoran Trail for more of an incline. The views of Four Peaks Mountain are amazing.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Trail was perfect for us. We were looking for something relatively easy and it fit our needs.

mountain biking
Saturday, March 04, 2017

What a beautiful trail. Not too busy. Im not very happy with the 2 older lady horseback riders who literally demanded I stop for them sooner than I did. Total Divas. Queens are for England, not America! But, it was a Great workout. Just when you're about fatigued, you get some great downhill speed and maneuvering. Highly recommend.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Linked it to prospector to gateway pass ... Gorgeous!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Very nice rolling loop trail. Good scenery and vegetation. Trail well marked and easy for all levels. Benches along the way, as well as markers that tell about the vegetation.

mountain biking
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Our first attempt at mountain biking and it was great! Clockwise gave us a well deserved downslope! Dont try this on a hybrid bike. My scraped leg is proof of that.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Really easy hike with great scenery.

mountain biking
Saturday, December 31, 2016

We rode MTBs from Toms Thumb trailhead to this loop and back ! nice ride

Saturday, December 10, 2016

A great hike. Good trail and enough ups and downs to make fun. Just a note...it's very easy to miss the mine. The mine is actually below the tailings in the trees....worth the the trip.

hiking
Saturday, November 26, 2016

What a great afternoon hike. Did not see very many hikers and only a few bikers. Parts of the trail could best be described as "rolling" meaning there are ups and downs and so you get a great variety. Views are fantastic and there is a cool old mine you can peak down into. Would recommend for all skill levels just be sure to take lots of water as there isn't much shade or relief from the sun!

hiking
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

It was a cool trail. A few old mine entrances to peer into but you can't enter them. Not very challenging but great views.

trail running
Sunday, November 06, 2016

did as part of the RAGNAR run. Really flat great for running. you also get some expansive views of the desert.

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