Best bird watching trails in McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Arizona

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#1 - 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
#2 - 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
#3 - Granite Mountain Loop
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
#4 - Gateway, Bell Pass, and Windgate Loop Trail
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 5 h 13 m
#5 - Tom's Thumb Trail to Lookout
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
#6 - Upper Ranch and Brown's Ranch Road Trail
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
#7 - Tom's Thumb to Bell Pass
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 11.1 mi • Est. 6 h 26 m
Gateway to Tom's Thumb to Bell Pass.Show more
#8 - Horseshoe and Desert Parks Loop
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 45 m
#9 - Tom's Thumb Trail South
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 11.3 mi • Est. 6 h 17 m
#10 - Gateway Trail to Windgate Pass
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 4 h 3 m
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