Explore the most popular trail running 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.

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

2 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 months ago

Enjoyable hike...

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

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

Not the best hike

Not that great

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!

on Scenic Trail

6 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.

7 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.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Beautiful flowers and views

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


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.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Great trail for all skill levels with great views all around!

mountain biking
Saturday, December 31, 2016

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

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.

mountain biking
Saturday, November 05, 2016

This is a fantastic trail for any level. I've been on this trail several times and prefer the clockwise direction. There are a couple of steeper climbs that a beginner will probably have to walk up, but the long descent makes it all worth the effort. Fun!

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Nice loop trail especially in spring, pre-sunset when colorful fields are illuminated in golden sunlight.

mountain biking
Monday, August 15, 2016

Easy MTB Loop, gentle long climb and a super fun fast downhill! Great desert views!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easy desert trail. Recommend starting on the north portion of the trail to get the best views. Was about 2 weeks too late for the wildflowers and 2 weeks too early for the cactus bloom. Would be beautiful at sunrise.

mountain biking
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Awesome half day ride. Take the time to stop and enjoy the views!

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Pretty standard desert hike. Not a lot going on in all honesty, not a lot of desert wildlife, etc. As others have said there are much better hikes in the area.

Monday, February 29, 2016

A super simple hike close to town... Cool views of the city... Still close enough you could probably do it on a long lunch break... nothing to write home about but gets you outside...

Saturday, February 27, 2016

We mountain biked this trail counter clock wise and it was incredible! I am a beginner. One of my friends is intermediate and he loved it too. The whole second half was a long smooth downhill cruise. If you are looking for a more adrenaline downhill then I recommend going clockwise. The whole loop took us about 3 hours breaking frequently the first half of the trail.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Nice trail for a distance hike or trail running. We were hiking it cause we are trying to do all of the new Maricopa trail. Very pretty views all the way around. A lot of mt bikes.

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