Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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

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

Awesome trail for every skill level with great scenery. Beautiful panoramic view of the Mc Dowell Mountain range.

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
3 months ago

I would really rate this as easy, but so enjoyable. The majority of this trail is flat. There’s typically a little breeze on the ridge of the hill. For relaxation, it’s one of my favorites.

hiking
3 months ago

This hike starts super easy and flat then you get to a straight up hill cement walk. I am an in shape 25 year old and it destroyed my legs! View from the top was nice.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike, good trail, not too rocky and pretty views.

hiking
3 months ago

Scenic is a perfect name for this trail. It is ver picturesque and an easy trail to hike. Looking forward to hiking this one again in the spring. Would be beautiful to see with flowers in bloom.

3 months ago

Enjoyable hike...

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike for people visiting Phoenix and want a scenic hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful, fairly easy hike with little elevation change. The views of the other mountains are worth it.

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!

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
5 months ago

I stare at the towers on Thompson Peak every morning walking to work. Always wanted to make the climb up there. Started at Dixie Mine Trailhead. Do not let the moderate rating fool you, this is not a moderate hike. The final 1.5 miles has grade approaching 30%. Did not stay at the summit very long due to the RF warnings. The hike down is almost as tough as the climb up. From the bottom I headed back up to Bell Pass to home so don't use my recording unless you plan on shuttling or using Uber to get back to Fountain Hills. There are better hikes in the preserve but this was a must do for me so I can finally stop wondering when I see the dang towers from below

I like the inclined trails! Perfect for a family or for someone who wants a long walk, but for thrill seekers, it’s not a win...also, I didn’t find it “scenic” in comparison to other trails at McDowell Mountain. It worked for the people I was with though!

hiking
5 months ago

This trail is a bitch, extremely steep the last 1 1/2 miles, probably in excess of 30 degrees. I can't imagine trucks driving up it. There is a severe radiation hazard at the summit, most likely damaging human tissue and internal organs. From the trailhead I estimate the round trip distance to be 7 1/2 miles. I have done this hike a 1/2 dozen times, climbing the older access trail that is even steeper than the jeep road. The first time I did this was in 1990 when the only microwave serviced the Maricopa sheriff's communcations. Now there are multiple extremely high power microwave dishes. If you value your health, I strongly urge you to think twice before doing this.

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

Very easy to hike. But a fun little trip with great views of the surrounding mountains.

hiking
6 months ago

Thompsons Peak is a medium distance trail to one of highest points in Phoenix. Parking is limited at the trail head, but finding a spot typically isn't an issue as there are several more popular access points for the McDowell Preserve.

The trail itself is well maintained and provides nice unimpeded views of the preserve once you have hiked far enough in. Expect to see the occasional mountain biker but most traffic occurs closer to Toms Thumb on the other side of the perserve. The moderate rating is misleading because almost all of the eleveation is gained in the last mile or so of the hike. To get to the summit you will follow the trail and then follow a very steep dilapidated access road the remainder of the way. It is sustained and very steep so be prepared for a workout. However, there is no technical movement required to reach the top.

Views from the top are nice, but can be overshadowed by the Radio Towers constant humming and abundant radiation signs. Its an okay spot to appreciate the view but is definitly not the kind of place you'd want to enjoy lunch.

hiking
7 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.

on Scenic Trail

7 months ago

I loved this hike.

It was so peaceful.

I ran into a multiple bikers but very very few hikers.

The views are great but there is no shade or cover from the sun.

hiking
8 months ago

Beware if you d it with dogs, do it very early AM or when under 80. Our GSD is a good hiker and in great shape, and even though we did it in under 80 degrees she was got really tired in the end, and there are not too many shaded areas on the ridge, so make sure to have plenty of water. A camera is a must on a clear day, there are some breath taking views to the east. I prefer doing it south to north (sort of...) if you can, meaning when coming from the staging area, enter the scenic trail from the 2nd intersection with Pemberton, not the 1st one.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Fun fast mountain bike trail.

Steady pace on gradual incline, gets tougher on the last mile, midway and then to the top. Steep, my legs were burning. Great hike to test your endurance, strength and fatigue tolerance. The top gives you a 360 view of Four Peaks, Superstion Mountains, Camelback and Pinnacle Peak. It's best to go with a hiking partner. Not a hike to go after a night of partying.

hiking
9 months ago

Harder than a medium I'd say, me and 3 friends did it in under 4 hours going ~ 11.5 miles with little excursions along the way. Great view at the top though. Didn't see anyone else, and we started at 5:45am

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