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.

it is fun hike but a bit crowded and some people talk during the hike.. which is not very relaxing to hear non-stop talking..
But hike is fun itself. try to start before the sunrise you will be fine. and bring more than 1 bottle of water per person.

hiking
7 days ago

Go early because it gets HOT! Very little shade, bring plenty of water. Views are nice, little traffic while I was there.

mountain biking
14 days ago

Great trail for hiking and mountain biking. If you do decide to bring the MTB be sure to come super early to avoid the crowds. Most single hikers will have headphones and not notice you're coming up behind them till the very last minute. Trail offers great views though and you'll only have to "hike a bike" once or twice.

I love this trail!

Nice hike, easy and quiet.

I like this moderate trail, it's a loop and it takes me about two hours to complete it. sometimes it can be little crowded tho, specially on Sundays.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail that's basically flat. Nice trail if you just want to get in a quick hike and still have that feeling of being on a trail. Got a late start and this shares the trail with Gateway Loop so it was a little crowded initially with lots of loud chatter. However, once the trail split, I only encountered 4 other people and a dog along the way and was able to enjoy the birds chattering instead. :) I've done a few trails in the preserve and I think this preserve might be my favorite. There's a little something for everyone.

Quiet and relaxing.

hiking
2 months ago

Rocky desert trail gives you good exercise

hiking
3 months ago

beautiful hike, great for families. Bring water!!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike beautiful scenery, moderate trail condition

Great trail. Mostly flat. Great for all ages.

hiking
3 months ago

Always a good hike.

Nice, moderate level hiking trail with great views. Small ups and downs- nothing too strenuous. Nice to have the nature signs along the way to learn about the environment. Well maintained and Less traveled on the Sunday morning we went.

4 months ago

Great hike go early it gets hot!!

We hiked Brown’s Ranch > Whiskey Barrel Trail (about a 4 mile loop) because GPS brought us to that trailhead instead. Superb facilities at the trailhead, with helpful employees, maps, restrooms, etc. Gorgeous views and an easy trail to walk, but very hot and little shade - bring twice as much water as you’d usually bring. Loved this loop!

Very busy on weekends. Excellent facilities at base. Well marked. Great trail for tourists.

beautiful trail for a run. not hard and can easily be done in an hour to 1.5 hours

trail running
4 months ago

Absolutely love running this trail! Great workout. I go early at sunrise. Although the trail is marked as shorter it always clocks at 5.4-5.8 miles for me from the visitors center I think from zig zagging the terrain. Great views, and the cacti are blooming now

Great easy hike, moderate is a little overstated. Very nice facilities at the trailhead and well traveled.

Very little elevation gain, but a nice dessert hike.

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
5 months ago

Loved it!!

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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
5 months 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.

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