Quartz Trail

McDowell Sonoron Preserve The Quick Stats Distance: 7 miles out & back Elevation change: 1,163 ft Type: Maintained trail Restrooms at the Trailhead: yes Water at the trailhead: yes Dogs allowed: yes Parking lot: yes, moderate size with overflow parking Hiker’s ledger: no Getting here There are multiple trailheads that with trails that can leadContinue reading “Quartz Trail”

Brown’s Ranch to Balanced Rock

McDowell Sonoran Preserve January 10, 2021 Location: North Scottsdale Distance: We logged 9 miles out and back Parking: There is a pretty big lot. If the lot is full we recommend to park at Granite Trailhead Pets: Yes Fee: No Restrooms: Yes We were trying to find something new to hike inside of the valleyContinue reading “Brown’s Ranch to Balanced Rock”

Tom’s Thumb

October 5th, 2019 Length: 4 miles Route Type: Out & Back Elevation Gain: 1,236 ft Dog Friendly: Yes Fee: No Restrooms at trailhead: Yes HOW TO GET THERE: *It is open from sunrise to sunset. There is an access gate that opens and closes based on the changing day length throughout the year* Tom’s Thumb is located in NorthContinue reading “Tom’s Thumb”