PRESERVE TRAILHEADS

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URGENT NOTICE

In light of COVID-19 and guidance from local, state and federal public health agencies, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy continues to suspend public activities that require the gathering of groups of people or close personal contact until guidance allows for resumption of those activities. For as long as necessary, the Conservancy, its staff, and stewards will continue with much of their work while maintaining a safe working environment.

NORTHERN REGION

GRANITE MOUNTAIN
31402 N. 136th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85262
Overview
This trailhead provides access to pristine areas in the Preserve’s northern region around Granite Mountain. Ample parking is available as well as an equestrian staging area.
Landscape
A variety of crushed granite trails for hike, bike and equestrians with dramatic rock formations and amazing saguaro fields
Amenities
Parking, restrooms, shade ramadas, water, accessible Bajada Nature Trail, horse-trailer parking, hitching rails, water trough, interpretive signage

FRAESFIELD
13400 East Rio Verde Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85262
Overview
Offering access to a variety of easy to moderate scenic trails in the Preserve’s northern area, this trailhead provides plenty of parking for hikers and mountain bikers, as well as an equestrian staging area.
Landscape
Moderate trails for all activities with generally flatter, smooth, rolling trails popular
with equestrians

Amenities
Car and horse trailer parking, restrooms, shade ramada, interpretive and orientation signs, no drinking water

TOM’S THUMB
23015 N. 128th St. Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Overview
Offers access to many important features such as Tom’s Thumb, Windgate Overlook, Gardener’s Wall, Sven Slab, Mesquite Canyon and the Windmill Trail. Explore the Marcus Landslide Trail here to learn all about the 2nd largest landslide in Arizona. Tom’s Thumb was the first of our trailheads on the north side of the McDowell Mountains.
Landscape

Loose gravel terrain. Tom’s Thumb Trail has very steep climbs with dramatic rock formations and an elevation gain 1,200 ft. Marcus Landslide & Rock Knob are the 2nd largest landslide in AZ.

Amenities

Car and horse trailer parking, restrooms, shade ramada, interpretive signs, no drinking water

BROWN’S RANCH
30301 N. Alma School Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85262
Amenities
Parking, restrooms, shade ramadas, interpretive signage, water, horse trailer parking, hitching rails, water trough, accessible Jane Rau Nature Trail

PIMA-DYNAMITE
28777 N Pima Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85262
Amenities
Gravel parking, maps, portable restroom, no drinking water

SOUTHERN REGION

GATEWAY
18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy. Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Amenities
Parking, restrooms, shade ramadas, water, accessible Bajada Nature Trail, horse-trailer parking, hitching rails, water trough, interpretive signage

LOST DOG WASH
12601 N. 124th St. Scottsdale, AZ 85259
Amenities
Car and horse trailer parking, restrooms, shade ramada, interpretive and orientation signs, no drinking water

SUNRISE
12101 N. 145th Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85259
Amenities
Directory, Horse Trails, Water, Biking, Dogs, Family Friendly, Hiking

QUARTZ
SW corner of McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd. and 104th St.
Amenities
Parking, no drinking water

RINGTAIL
12300 block of N. 128th St. Scottsdale, AZ 85259
Amenities
Parking, no drinking water

WESTWORLD
15939 N. 98th St. Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Amenities
Horse-trailer parking, water trough, shade ramada, restrooms, public arenas, directional signage. Access the Preserve via the WestWorld trail to the Quartz or Taliesin Trails.

OVERVIEW
This trailhead provides access to pristine areas in the Preserve’s northern region around Granite Mountain. Ample parking is available as well as an equestrian staging area.

ADDRESS
31402 N. 136th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85262

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Pima north to Dynamite, right (east) on Dynamite, about 6 miles to 136th Street, left (north) on 136th about 2 miles to Lone Mountain (where the power lines cross over 136th), turn left (west) into access area.

AMENITIES

Parking, restrooms, shade ramadas, water, accessible Bajada Nature Trail, horse-trailer parking, hitching rails, water trough, interpretive signage

POPULAR HIKES

  • Long Loop Hike (6.1 mi. / 330 ft. elevation gain)
  • Scenic Hike (3 mi. / 200 ft. elevation gain)
OVERVIEW

Offering access to a variety of easy to moderate scenic trails in the Preserve’s northern area, this trailhead provides plenty of parking for hikers and mountain bikers, as well as an equestrian staging area. Moderate trails for hike, bike, equestrians. Generally flatter, smooth, rolling trails popular with equestrians Whiskey Bottle, Black Hill trails

ADDRESS
13400 East Rio Verde Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85262

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Take Pima Road north to Dynamite, turn right (east) on Dynamite, and continue about 6 miles to 134thStreet, the trailhead is on your left.

AMENITIES
Car and horse trailer parking, restrooms, shade ramada, interpretive and orientation signs, no drinking water

POPULAR HIKES

 

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