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Best trails in McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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Looking for a great trail in McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Arizona? AllTrails has 71 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 38 moderate trails in McDowell Sonoran Preserve ranging from 1.9 to 51.2 miles and from 1,519 to 3,904 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Tom's Thumb Trail
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
Tom's Thumb Trail is a short switchback trail from Tom's Thumb trailhead up to Tom's Thumb spur at the intersection of the Windgate Trail. Hikers are treated to gorgeous views of the southern McdowellShow more
#2 - Gateway Loop Trail
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
Gateway Loop Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking anShow more
#3 - Sunrise Peak via Sunrise Trail
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
Sunrise Peak via Sunrise Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Fountain Hills, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is prShow more
#4 - Lost Dog Wash Trail to Ringtail Trail Loop
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 7 m
From the end of the road the trail is an old jeep trail that climbs steadily to the north. After a half a mile the trail turns west and crosses a couple of washes before turning north again. It thenShow more
#5 - Inspiration Point
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 3 h 2 m
Inspiration Point is a 5.7 mile out and back trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running. Dogs are alsoShow more
#6 - Marcus Landslide Trail
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h
Marcus Landslide Trail is an interpretive trail with signs along the way describing the geological forces that led to a landslide about 500,000 years ago. This trail is fairly easy for the most part Show more
#7 - Lost Dog Wash Trail to Sunrise Peak via Sunrise Trail
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 3 h 14 m
This is an out and back hike that approaches Sunrise Peak in the McDowell-Sonoran Preserve from the west via the Sunrise Peak trail which begins at the Lost Dog Wash trailhead. It's a quiet, comfortabShow more
#8 - Granite Mountain Loop
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
Granite Mountain Loop is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of aShow more
#9 - Gateway to Bell Pass
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 4 h 7 m
Gateway to Bell Pass is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of acShow more
#10 - Upper Ranch and Brown's Ranch Road Trail
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
Upper Ranch and Brown's Ranch Road Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a nuShow more
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