Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in McDowell Sonoran Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Can’t give a completely accurate review as we were in a rush to catch a fight so I only had about 45 min on trail. But nice steady incline, path rocky but manageable. Nice views. Wish I could have finished the whole trail!

hiking
10 days ago

Loved it!!

A nice little Loop with plenty of shade areas for the dog.

A very nice little Loop with areas for breaks in the shade.

This is nothing but a workout trail for suburban white people. I walked in anticipating nature and good views but walked out three notches higher on the budding Scottsdale social ladder.

hiking
21 days ago

Scenic and nice variation to trail.

Great round trip hike

We enjoyed this trail. It was quite easy with a bit if elevation gain at the loop.

Nice incline lots of rock if your Mountain Biking its a bumpy ride great views

Fun hike, although gets pretty busy after 8 or so on a Saturday. Not a lot of wildflowers this year due to lower rainfall but the desert is still beautiful. Trail is ok with tennis shoes but much more comfortable with hiking footwear as it’s pretty rocky in places.

One trail where you walk down the incline, then back up, without much elevation change except around the landslide area at the end. Interesting rock formations. Nice view towards fountain hills, four peaks, and Superstition Mountains.

hiking
28 days ago

Nice loop trail, decent elevation, good easy distance. A but rocky for my liking... lots of time spent looking at the trail in front of my feet rather than the view. Amenities at the trailhead.

Wonderful trail, easy, didn't need poles I'd brought, great rock formations--careful of rattler(s)? right in front of first large rock formation on trail on right coming from trailhead parking lot!

nice hike that takes you around one of the hills in the McDowell's. allows for plenty of views of north Scottsdale and dessert vegetation.

Views are fabulous

I hike with my dogs a few times a week and will typically do this one if I want something easy but long enough to tire them out. The views are pretty nice of the surrounding mountains especially if you choose to do the lost dog lookout. I usually do this trail clockwise and it feels more like a walk than a hike. The trailhead is really well maintained and there is tons of parking. If you’re hiking watch out for mountain bikers as you share the trail with them.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun little moderate trail up into the McDowell mountains, lots of great cacti to see up close, gorgeous views back into Scottsdale.

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike very easy .. it’s a long walk good scenery

hiking
1 month ago

We really liked this trail. It's pretty easy like the description states. It was really informative - I loved reading about the slide. Went on weekday later afternoon and we had the place to ourselves. Really nice views with some big neat rocks. Trail is well defined, well marked and pretty wide. Dogs loved it. Good for their paws, just watch for cholla. Really happy we chose to slow down for the night and give it a go!

I always enjoy this hike. Great when flowers in bloom. Nice rock formations

Great hike - scenic. One of the best hikes in the area!

hiking
1 month ago

amazing hike.

This is a lovely trail, albeit somewhat well used. Fairly easy trail, with some nice rock formations.

Nice Spring Break hike, beautiful views well maintained park!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice, well defined/well marked trail. Easier side of moderate rating for sure! Views are nice, but not spectacular. Can lengthen your hike with connecting trails if preferred. Nice parking lot, restrooms and even a dog fountain at trail head. Took dogs and they did fine, a bit rocky but no issues with cholla.

An okay trail with typical Sonoran desert scenery. Nice morning exercise. No flowers - except for ocotillos - because of the drought. Probably pretty in a more typical spring. As shown on the map the loop (clockwise) is actually Lost Dog Trail to Old Jeep Trail to Ringtail Trail to Sunrise Trail.

Fantastic place to trail hike/jog! Beautiful scenic views and trails are wide and well marked. Quite rocky which I liked, more challenging than just a dirt trail. Didn’t see many wildflower....not sure when they are in season. Handy to have convenient parking, restrooms and filtered water fountain at the trail head.

hiking
1 month ago

Great Hike

nice hike, really easy

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike, great views, nothing too aggressive. Cool history lesson along the way about the rock formations.
Went late January, traffic wasn't too bad, not isolated tho.

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