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148 mi 238 km of trail 7 Recommended Routes

Easy Trails 24 Trails Intermediate Trails 34 Trails Hard Trails 9 Trails

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Recommended Routes in McDowell Sonoran Preserve - 7

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Favorite View north from near summit of Tom's Thumb.
Difficult

Tom's Thumb

4.4 mi 7.1 km 1,084' Up 330.45 m Up 1,084' Down 330.28 m Down

Rio Verde, AZ
Favorite There's gold in them thar hills
Difficult

Windgate to Bell Pass Loop

10.5 mi 16.9 km 2,082' Up 634.74 m Up 2,081' Down 634.38 m Down

Fountai…, AZ
Favorite View from Sunrise Peak, Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult

Sunrise to Andrews Kinsey Out-and-Back

9.1 mi 14.6 km 1,476' Up 449.81 m Up 1,475' Down 449.7 m Down

Fountai…, AZ
Favorite Destination...Tom Thumb
Intermediate

Easy Rolling 6

5.5 mi 8.9 km 628' Up 191.44 m Up 633' Down 193 m Down

Fountai…, AZ
Favorite Cathedral Rock
Easy/Intermediate

Brown's Ranch

10.5 mi 16.9 km 500' Up 152.51 m Up 496' Down 151.19 m Down

Carefree, AZ
Favorite Destination...Tom Thumb
Difficult

Tom's Thumb from Gateway

12.6 mi 20.2 km 2,591' Up 789.85 m Up 2,588' Down 788.82 m Down

Fountai…, AZ
Favorite Lupines and poppies bloom along the Granite Mountain Loop.
Easy/Intermediate

Granite Mountain Loop

6.3 mi 10.2 km 447' Up 136.18 m Up 446' Down 136.09 m Down

Rio Verde, AZ

Trails in McDowell Sonoran Preserve - 60

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4.5 mi 7.2 km #1Granite Mountain Loop Trail
Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
3.3 mi 5.3 km #2Bell Pass Trail
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
3.2 mi 5.1 km #3Cholla Mountain Loop Trail
Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
3.1 mi 4.9 km #4Windgate Pass Trail
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
1.9 mi 3.1 km #5Cone Mountain Trail
Easy
Carefree, AZ
Easy
Carefree, AZ
1.4 mi 2.3 km #6Maverick Trail
Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
1.0 mi 1.5 km #7Chuckwagon Trail
Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
0.9 mi 1.5 km #8Vaquero Trail
Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
3.7 mi 5.9 km #9Gateway Loop Trail
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ 16 
4.8 mi 7.6 km #10Tom's Thumb Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Rio Verde, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Rio Verde, AZ
2.3 mi 3.8 km #11Thompson Peak Trail
Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
4.3 mi 6.9 km #12Sunrise Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
2.4 mi 3.9 km #13Stagecoach Trail
Easy
Carefree, AZ
Easy
Carefree, AZ
0.5 mi 0.7 km #14Lookout Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
7.0 mi 11.3 km #15136th St. Express
Easy
Rio Verde, AZ
Easy
Rio Verde, AZ
2.2 mi 3.6 km #16Upper Ranch Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
Easy/Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
1.5 mi 2.4 km #17Marcus Landslide Trail
Intermediate
Rio Verde, AZ
Intermediate
Rio Verde, AZ
6.9 mi 11.1 km #18Hawknest Trail
Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
0.5 mi 0.9 km #19Lost Dog Wash Trail
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
3.1 mi 5.0 km #20Whiskey Bottle Trail
Easy
Rio Verde, AZ
Easy
Rio Verde, AZ

Photos of McDowell Sonoran Preserve - 67

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Get out and experience the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, AZ!
Mar 8, 2017 near Fountai…, AZ
Lupines and poppies bloom along the Granite Mountain Loop.
Mar 21, 2017 near Carefree, AZ
View from Sunrise Peak, Fountain Hills, AZ
Feb 14, 2018 near Fountai…, AZ
Destination...Tom Thumb
May 15, 2015 near Fountai…, AZ
There's gold in them thar hills
Apr 19, 2015 near Fountai…, AZ
Looking up at Bell Pass at Sunrise
Apr 12, 2015 near Fountai…, AZ
Heaven shining in from above
Sep 4, 2018 near Fountai…, AZ
Summiting last part of Thompson Peak
Sep 4, 2018 near Fountai…, AZ