Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

Great Hike. Well maintained trail all the way up. The steward at the top was very friendly and provide good info about the area. Took the dog with and had to keep him on the leash the whole time due to high traffic and previous reviews of snakes being more active near the trail.

Beautiful hike just an hour out of Phoenix. Uphill the entire way out, but it’s a well kept, smooth, dirt trail, so not too strenuous. Some steep cross-backs. No trees, so being water if it’s warm! Hiking among the pebbles of giants.

7 days ago

Decent sized parking lot. The center at the trailhead does not have water, but they have restrooms.
The first 1.2ish miles of the hike are a good leg workout (pretty uphill) but the rest isn’t bad.

7 days ago

Great hike. Excellent views of the valley. Bring plenty of water. No water at trailhead.
Def worth the climb. Fair description of trail.

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!

Hiked this last Sunday 4/8. Great hike, but you MUST bring water especially if you start after 10 am and it's projected to be over 85 degrees out! Very uphill.

10 days ago

Loved it!!

15 days ago

Awesome hike! My favorite valley hike!

Lovely views. But, start early and bring plenty of water!

17 days ago

As a person who is not in excellent shape I found the first mile and a half a bit challenging. It reminded me alot of climbing Black Mountain in Cave Creek. It is a slow but steady climb. Once I was past the 1.5 mile mark I found the climb easier . Maybe that’s because I was distracted by the scenery and the many wonderful vantage points. The path is very wide and easy to follow. Indications along the way were clear. I truly enjoyed this trail and will hike it again.

17 days ago

Good easy hike with kids. In a wash between some houses. Start is trail hard to find. Park at golf course cross the steeet and look past the sign for 106th way.

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

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

Great hike! Heavily trafficked - get out early! Beautiful views - yucca in bloom- saw two rattle snakes - be cautious as the snakes are starting to appear !! Good variety of terrain - Highly recommend !!

My favorite hike in the valley, good climb, great work out. You can connect to several other trails to make it much longer if you want. The back side and the East End trail have a lot less traffic. Unbelievable views!

Beautiful!! And great views .We did the hike with our 3 kids- ages 11,7,7. It was a bit challenging for the younger 2, but they were happy they did it. Bring water to the trail head. We did see a rattlesnake at the end.

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.

Loved the hike! Challenging but beautiful day seeing the desert at its finest. No snakes but plenty of lizards.

Wow that was hard

This has been my favorite trail so far. We took our boys, 10 and13. My 10 year old complained quite a bit in the beginning (inclines were hard for his little legs), but he made it and was so happy to see Tom's Thumb! This is an absolutely gorgeous trail. Just make sure you have shoes with good traction for the way down. Dirt trail, so there are lots of spots for sliding. This is a must do.

21 days ago

Scenic and nice variation to trail.

Great trail but today there was hissing and rattle snakes. Be careful out there .

Really great hike to start. It’s pretty easy until you get to the last 1.5 mi. From there, it’s straight up to the “saddle” and a serious leg burn. The views from the saddle are great. From there you can continue to Tom’s Thumb which is about another 4 mi. Otherwise, turn around and head back down. Because it’s a gradual incline for most of the hike(except last 1.5mi), you can run for most of the way down. Be careful of the large rocks sticking out. This trail is very rocky!

One of my favorite hikes in AZ better than camelback in my opinion. If you want a good day hike start from the very bottom on the longer side and go down the same way. Lots of good sights to see and a cool spot to chill and look out next to the thumb.

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

Great hike. It winds up up up through interesting rock formations to the Thumb. Great scenery all the way.

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

Loved it. Went with my kids 5 and 7. Tough but worth it

Pleasant hike. Uphill switchbacks with a dirt path pretty smooth.

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.

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