Explore the most popular walking 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

trail running
1 month ago

on Ringtail Loop

hiking
2 months 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.

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

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
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...

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
4 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.

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
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
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.

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

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

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