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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 72 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 Mcdowell Mountains and urban Phoenix. The trail is managed by Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. There is no water at the trailhead so bring plenty of liquid to stay hydrated.Show more
#2 - Gateway Loop Trail
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
#3 - Sunrise Peak via Sunrise Trail
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
#4 - Inspiration Point
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 3 h 2 m
#5 - 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 then climbs a low ridge with good views of the Valley. After cresting the ridge, the trail drops down the west side and heads toward Lost Dog Wash. When you get to the wash there is a T-intersection. Take the right fork and head north toward Talliesin Ridge. The trail climbs in and out of a series of small washes as it continue to climb toward the ridge. The trail is well maintained and the climbs are hardly strenuous. There is an overlook at the top of Talliesin Ridge and there are great views of Camelback, Squaw Peak and Pinnacle Peak. Show 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 except for the final loop section which climbs up. There are many boulders and interesting rock formations along the way. The interpretive signs give information about the landslide, how it was believed to be caused, and the resulting landscape. The trail also gives nice views of the surrounding area, including Four Peaks, Mount McDowell, Weaver's Needle. The trail is well-maintained.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, comfortable, gradual climb through prime Sonoran Desert before taking a steep spur trail on the last 0.2 mile to the top of Sunrise Peak. The summit affords amazing 360-degree views of metro Phoenix, the Superstition Mountains and Four Peaks Wilderness. Show more
#8 - Granite Mountain Loop
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
#9 - Gateway to Bell Pass
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 4 h 7 m
#10 - Gateway, Bell Pass, and Windgate Loop Trail
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 5 h 13 m
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