Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Scottsdale with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

My wife and I first hiked this trail 5 years ago and go back every year. It is very pretty, quiet and a bit creepy/eerie. I am not sure how to explain the eeriness - you will just need to hike it to find out!! Short hike an easy climb.

hiking
1 day ago

Would be brutal in full sun but a great hike inbetween monsoons!

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.

This was an early morning hike, just after a summer monsoon rain. Great way to start the day.

hiking
10 days ago

My favorite hike so far. Very moderate steep incline for a while but after you get passed that it is easy. The views from the top are the best in Phoenix in my opinion. Very pretty, worth the hike for sure.

hiking
11 days ago

Rocky desert trail gives you good exercise

hiking
14 days ago

Current alltrails map for the trailhead is wrong. Correct location to start of trail is at 28777 N Pima Rd, Intersection of Pima and Dynamite, Scottsdale, AZ 85266-9008.
Trail is pretty much all flat. Great for mountain bikers but not so much for hikers. The whole trail is underneath a powerline, not a scenic view which is why I gave it such a low rating. Went 3 miles and then turned around as it seemed to keep following the power lines in a straight line.

hiking
18 days ago

Good hike. Was pretty flat in the very beginning leading up to the incline then it gets pretty steep as the trail progresses. Cool view at the top of the 3,848 foot mountain including Scottsdale Airport and the greater Phoenix valley area (downtown and Camelback Mountain) to the southwest and the greater desert area to the north and northeast.

This is a good trail to do as soon as the preserve is open. You can hike up to the pass before the sun rises over the top. I was half way back when the sun hit me. It's a good workout with nice views on the pass.

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful hike, great for families. Bring water!!

mountain biking
1 month ago

Smooth and flowy desert ride. I did it counter clockwise and would probably do it clockwise the next time I go...

hiking
1 month ago

First time walking this trail and I loved it. A leg workout for sure, first part is a little tough but gets easier up top. This is a huge hiking area so I did not have too much time to explore side trails as much I would love too. Definitely returning and exploring more. Highly recommend this trail! Bring plenty of water! I was almost out walking down the hill.

Took us 1 hour up, 50 minutes down. The trail is easy to follow. This is a leg workout! Great views at the top and along the way. We started the trail at 6 am and the temperature was perfect. You do get some shade in the middle of the hike too, at the hour we went.

hiking
1 month ago

No real hiking paths. We ended up just walking around and exploring. It was nice area but prob wouldn’t go back.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike beautiful scenery, moderate trail condition

hiking
1 month ago

First of all, I’d definitely recommend doing the hike. Very clearly marked. Well maintained. Beautiful view — I did mine at sunset and it was amazing.

My watch registered this hike at just a shy under 5 miles. And, it was a tad harder than I had anticipated it would be.

The first .25 miles are nothing but a walk through the desert. The next .75-1 mile was essentially straight incline - you think you’re done a bunch of times. Tons of switch backs. Very little relief. The last .75 was a mixture of ups and downs but since you can see your destination it’s not bad at all.

I’d strongly suggest not going in the heat of the sun.

Beautiful hike and very well marked and maintained trail

Great trail. Mostly flat. Great for all ages.

Very scenic; starts out with a lot of uphill then gets easier. No bug issues May 24

hiking
1 month 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.

14 miles, not 11.5. I suggest bringing extra water. I used a 2.5L bladder and also had 2 large bottles in my backpack. I had JUST enough water. There is no shade so make sure to have plenty of sunscreen.

My favorite place to hike. Well maintained trails, beautiful views, and you get a great workout too. Can't beat it definitely 5 star material

2 months ago

Great trail. Too many black flies in May

2 months ago

Great hike go early it gets hot!!

Good 10.5 mile loop if you mix in the Wingate Pass and East End Trails.

We clocked 14.2 miles on this hike with a detour to Tom’s Thumb. Not really sure why we had so much more mileage, though I saw someone else got 14 miles as well. Bring a LOT of water, I had over 3L and ran out. It was warm when we did it, started at 82F and ended at 105F, and we ran out of water at around when we thought we would be ending, mile 11.5. Start early, wear sun protection. Don’t take this hike lightly.

The Thumb was actually really cool to see! The approach at the beginning was a little steep, but overall not too hard. Great hike!

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!

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