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Lousley Hill Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.2 mi Elevation gain 285 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

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Mary Borth
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Sean Turner
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Great trail, some elevation climb but nice and gradual.

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Melissa Christianson
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Did this moderate hike today with my 11-year old husky. Trail is narrow with loose rocks but not very difficult. Amazing views for miles! It’s $7 to enter this great park. Lots of trails of varying difficulty. Not crowded at all.

Susan Roy
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Rowdy and Me
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A very nice short hike with some great views. Had a great time with all the dogs and their people.

Jonathan Schaefer
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Started after sunset with Jared. Almost had no daylight by the end! Great hike.. jackrabbits down in the wash.

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Sean Hoban
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Easy/moderate depending on the person - Very narrow trail with many rocks on and around the path for the most part; watch your step! I enjoy this one a lot due to the views and that it's easily accessible. Make sure you add a rock to the big rock pile once you get to the top!

Stephanie Davis
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I’m bummed that I didn’t make it all the way. I thought this was a moderate not an easy hike.

Anthony Blanton
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Really easy hike with great scenery.

Scott Riel
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Full hike video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKumc_QttQw

Chris Norton
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This trail is accessible whenever the McDowell Mountains Regional Park is open. Park entry is $6 for day use. From the map, the trail is fairly nondescript. However it has some character surprises. As it's a loop you can go clockwise or counter-clockwise. SUGGESTED ROUTE: From the trailhead, follow the trail to the base of the hill. You will find yourself in a wide wash. Turn left at the junction. 50' away you'll see a sign post with left/right arrows. Go left a the fork. The trail runs along the wash and is marked by rows of rocks. You'll eventually cross the wash and head up the hill. Three very short bursts of incline precede a shallow final ascent. At the top I found a curious pile of rocks. Too big and mis-shapen to be a cairn, and too small to be an adult grave. It struck me as possibly being a grave for someone's dog. The pile is perfectly placed for a year-round panoramic vista which suggests it wasn't randomly placed there. Continuing across the small summit, I started to descend. Looking left you'll find a bit of rock art. The trip down the hill is easier than the initial ascent but takes a little longer as it has wider switchbacks and also covers distance above the wash below. Once at the base of the hill, you'll find yourself right back at the fork where you began to walk along the wash. Look to the 10:00 heading as you stand perpendicular to the wash and that's the way to the short return to the trailhead. TRAIL CONDITIONS Overall this is a short, fairly easy hike that won't take much time even if taken at a leisurely pace. There are three benches along the ascent route to sit and rest or take in the views. The final bench before the summit has a railing in front of it and is nicely shaded from the noon-afternoon sun by a tree and has an excellent view to the northeast. The summit affords 360 degree views of the surround McDowell mountains. The trail itself, like many of the trails in this park, is susceptible to erosion from rain. Be prepared for some loose rock and partially washed out chunks.

Ben B
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Great hike with beautiful views from the top especially following a rainy year. Hiked it with my 5 year old son and he loved it. Definitely a great hike for a family. We went towards the end of spring and as we were crossing a little wash near the parking area stumbled upon a snake so be sure to keep your eyes open.

Elliott Thompson
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Monica Fine
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Dave M
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Parker Jendrycki
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Jeanne McGann
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Atara Kanner
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Christine Bound
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Kimberly Zarate
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jimmy d.
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rob fauer
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John Perona
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William Necker
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Sara Mersek
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Toni Shattuck
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Josh Larson
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Jordan Pierce
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