Looking for a great trail near Scottsdale, Arizona? AllTrails has 87 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Lost Dutchman State Park or Lookout Mountain Preserve, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like McDowell Sonoran Preserve or Pinnacle Peak Park. Ready for some activity? There are 44 moderate trails in Scottsdale ranging from 1.9 to 22.5 miles and from 1,686 to 4,839 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

Very challenging trail. The view at the top was worth the effort. We underestimated the difficulty level of this trail. Definitely bring a ton of water! You will need all of it. We listened to reviews and did not take the water advise lightly. I would recommend wearing hiking shoes as we found it to be beneficial when we had to step on slippery rocks.

Great trial! Bring plenty of water! Great views.

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

I recommend doing this trail in the morning, as it is largely on the west side of the mountain and in the shade for almost the entirety of the hike. Very fun, challenging hike that is quite steep. Arrived to the parking lot just around 6, with the lot about 60% full. Made it up to the summit in about 45 min, with my heart pounding (I am decently in shape but this was tough!). Going down was almost the same amount of time, but I go slow bc of my knees and ankles. Great views at the top - well worth it!

hiking
3 days ago

Easy to get to, nice escape from the city, plenty of elevation and distance... this is a trail that keeps on giving.

This hike definitely holds true to its rating and was such a fun challenge. Got there super early on a Monday and there were plenty of local hikers and runners getting their exercise in. Caught a beautiful sunrise from the summit with 360 degree views of an impressive city below. Caught a flash of the backside of a bobcat as it scurried across the trail ahead of our group on the way up. Would definitely do this again!

hiking
3 days ago

I did this trail solo this morning. Only saw one other person. First time at McDowell....I really really liked this trail. I’m excited to go back to it once Fall hits because I bet it’s just beautiful. Although I really don’t know why it’s rates moderate. Little incline but you pretty much do that all at once and after you’ve already hiked about a mile in.

Definitely have to early this time of year- hiked from 6-715 am and would have been pretty hot any later. Amazing views and a great workout. Hiking shoes nice but can be done in trail running shoes with ease.

hiking
no shade
5 days ago

We did this yesterday (9/8) and it was a good hike with some nice views of the surrounding land. We went clockwise which is opposite of the one given here and a direction that might be better for less serious hikers as it’s a more gradual incline. Pretty warm (up to 88) but looking forward to doing it again once it cools down. Trail was in great shape. Water fountains at the trail head were amazing.

Started too late 10:30, temp 100. Not quite half way. I will be back.

hiking
7 days ago

Great hike!

hiking
muddy
7 days ago

Great scenic hike. Did it in 3.5 hours. Start early.

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful trail! This was a perfect day to hike and I'm happy I did it amongst my friends. :) It's a busy trail, so coming early is essential if you're wanting the best parking. Overall, I highly recommend this trail!

hiking
no shade
7 days ago

fun... not as hard as we thought. hot and no people at 1pm today....we had a blast

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 days ago

Awesome trail! It’s a mix of scrambling, rock climbing and path walking. I took two gallons of water, I suggest everyone does the same! All in all my advice start early in the morning and if you don’t start in the morning like me (started at 11) pour water on your body from time to time to stay cool while monitoring your heart rate (apple watch folks). It took me 2 hours to complete and we went down the echo canyon trail side.

hiking
9 days ago

I recommend this trail for anyone looking for a good, challenging hike close to town with great views. The uphill part is challenging- but there is shade in the morning (or at least when I went 5 days ago). This makes it much more bearable! Nothing challenging technically- just need to be able to go uphill for a mile straight nearly! Trail is well marked and easy to follow.

running
no shade
rocky
scramble
10 days ago

Be sure to bring plenty of water as there is none on the trail. I would definitely rate this very difficult and would suggest hiking boots even over my obstacle course racing trail shoes. Very rocky with some climbing involved as well. I started around 8AM and it was already 90°. I loved it because of the challenge but be prepared to lose some sweat and go through all of your water on this one. Great leg workout with all of the up hill climbing, not to mention the cardio aspect being out of breath.

hiking
no shade
off trail
over grown
10 days ago

I followed the red line and it took me on a bizarre path. I went clockwise from the trailhead and about 4 miles in it told me to turn east. So I did at what seemed like a trail, but the trail disappeared or was completely overgrown. I bushwhacked my way thru tall brush and cactus until I got back on the trail about 1.5 miles later. Overall, it was a 11 mile loop. Also, the Gateway trailhead has a gate that opened at 5:22a.

Good work out!!!!

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