Explore the most popular hiking 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.

trail running
18 days ago

NIce trail for practice runs... do it clockwise and you get a nice downhill run!!!

I would rate this as easy to moderate, but I love riding my mountain bike here.
Most any bike can use it thou.

hiking
24 days ago

Don’t know why this mileage is so far off.

Hard to find trailhead parking lot just outside the gated community of Eagles Nest. After a 1/2 mile walk through the gate to the trailhead, you begin the hike and still haven’t seen a sign that says Dixie Mine.

Trail is mostly dirt and easier than the jagged stone hikes on many of the Sonoran trails. While not a big total elevation change, the many up and down segments make it a more moderate hike. You eventually come to a sign that says Dixie Mine at the Sonoran Trail intersection.

After 2 miles on the scenic trail (2 1/2 in) you wonder, “Have I missed the mine?” You come to the remains of a dirt road and think the mine must be down this road.

After another 1/2 mile (now 3 miles from the parking area) we turned around thinking we’ve overshot the mine entrance based on the All Trails app mileage number and turned around.

Never saw the mine holes others talked about. Our hike totaled 6 miles. Enjoyed the scenery. Yup, there is no shade so bring plenty of water to last 2+ hours.

An easy flat trail, our disabled family member was able to go the distance.

trail running
1 month ago

The last mile up to the peak is a knee-burner, and the way back down is a quad bomber. This is a great trail for the occasional hard training session, but due to the somewhat bland scenery following the Jeep trail up to the top, it’s not my favorite. For an extra bonus hard run/hike, come at it from Gateway and go over Bell Pass first. You’ll feel it on your way back for sure, but it’ll certainly harden your body and mind for the next challenge.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, mostly flat but you do hike up and over a small hill. Great views, lots of wildlife including a large Mohave rattlesnake. Lots of saguaros. Peaceful.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike, lots of birds. Saw plenty of pack rat nests too. A few bikers but otherwise quiet. Great for trail running.

Easy, beautiful walk with lots of lizards and plant life.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a nice beginner trail, and trail to take children to - it has placards along the way that identify plantlife. Pick up a brochure at the entrance so that you can read what each placard references - you'll learn about packrats, for example.
And as much as I enjoyed this trail, it's not one to hike if you're looking for an exertion.
I like that there were only few other hikers. Parking was easy - it's a large, large parking lot.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Smooth and flowy desert ride. I did it counter clockwise and would probably do it clockwise the next time I go...

hiking
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months ago

trail running
6 months ago

on Ringtail Loop

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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

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

hiking
7 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
7 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
7 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
8 months ago

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

Easy trail with lots of road noise. It would be good for bike or walking your dog as it isn’t heavily trafficked.

hiking
8 months ago

Where is the mine itself? Did not see any sign, however it is very nice trail with some real nice views.

hiking
8 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.

8 months ago

Enjoyable hike...

very beautiful scenery... with a bit of challenge

Good trail for mountain bikes but not so great for hiking. Always within earshot and eyesight of a busy road. I prefer peace and quiet

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 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.

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