Scenic Trail

MODERATE 21 reviews

Scenic Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
406 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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This is a nice mild level trail to start, once you start your incline to the top of the hill you begin to increase elevation rather quickly. This would explain the rating of Moderate, this hike has beautiful views and is a nice afternoon adventure. This is a beautiful trail in the McDowell Mountain Region, it is a wonderful area to get out and hike or ride the trails.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful flowers and views

2 months ago

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8 months ago

Nice loop trail especially in spring, pre-sunset when colorful fields are illuminated in golden sunlight.

11 months ago

hiking
Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easy desert trail. Recommend starting on the north portion of the trail to get the best views. Was about 2 weeks too late for the wildflowers and 2 weeks too early for the cactus bloom. Would be beautiful at sunrise.

walking
Sunday, March 06, 2016

Pretty standard desert hike. Not a lot going on in all honesty, not a lot of desert wildlife, etc. As others have said there are much better hikes in the area.

mountain biking
Sunday, January 24, 2016

It was not fun! Too many big rocks on the downhill parts. There are too many really great trails nearby to waste time on this one!

hiking
Sunday, January 03, 2016

Nice hike. Starts out as a easy flat hike and then builds up the side of the hill. Great views from up top. Glorious

hiking
Saturday, January 02, 2016

Great easy hike with scenic views of the mountains and desert.

hiking
Monday, December 28, 2015

My first hike ever! I took my 5 year old and we finished in just over 2 hours. I thought it was a nice balance.

hiking
Saturday, December 05, 2015

Very easy hike with beautiful views of the park and nearby fields. Wasn't very crowded, only came across a few bikes and maybe 3 or 4 groups of people. Nice and quiet to wind down from Thanksgiving!

hiking
Thursday, April 09, 2015

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

This hike was very easy. Don't forget $6.00 for parking, I suggest having exact change because there may not be anyone at the gate and you have to leave the fee in an envelope. Anyway, this hike was pretty, but not at all a challenge. This trail is better for leisure walks with a dog, beginning mountain bikers or a nice trail jog.

hiking
Thursday, March 13, 2014

walking
Wednesday, November 27, 2013