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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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Address: 18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ
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Quartz trail was great

We did the Quartz trail. It was pleasant and we only saw 4 people over 2 hours of hiking and 3 mountain bikers. The trail is marked well however a wrong turn can mean an extra 2... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We did the Quartz trail. It was pleasant and we only saw 4 people over 2 hours of hiking and 3 mountain bikers. The trail is marked well however a wrong turn can mean an extra 2 miles so pay attention.

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Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

There were many trails to choose from with great views of the valley, mountain, and desert flora. The volunteers working there were very informative and seemed proud to share their knowledge and beautiful preserve.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

It was a great hike. Great weather. Lots of people at base but clears out very quick and can be isolated. I jogged out there from Fairmont Princess. I stopped at Tom Thumb market on the way to get water and snacks to take. There is not any water at the Preserve. Take your own. I wore tennis shoes and... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The preserve has a variety of different length hikes that suit your hiking experience or the time you have available. The climb is gradual so while you end up fairly high above the valley, it's not dramatic elevation changes too quickly. There are many cactus and vegetation to enjoy and some good photo points. There are some better hiking places... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Pick up a free map at the Trailheads of all the trails in the area, which detail the lengths, elevations and markers of the various hikes. Trails are from easy to difficult. Be sure to take plenty of water with you.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are numerous trails for many levels of hiking; well marked. Water and restrooms available; need to be sure to carry water.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are looking for a hike that doesn't include a lot of up and down, this is it. You get a nice view of desert flora without climbing the nearby foothills. For younger and older folks, this is a great option. The trail is very rocky so in that way it's a bit challenging but it's not difficult.

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Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We hiked the 4.5 mile loop trail. Loved the saguaro cactus and all of the desert succulents. The trail was a little rocky but easily navigable if you watch your step. Didn't see any animals, except a few little lizards.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gateway Loop is the perfect length loop trail right near the city with excellent views. It is busy nearly all the time and people are very friendly. As you start to ascend the rocks get loose and there are spots where small boulders protrude - watch your step. We saw a few cactus wrens perched atop the plentiful saguaros singing... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy to get to. Many trails of various lengths and abilities.A friendly greeter was able to make suggestions on various hikes and provide a map. ALso a great topographic display which illustrated all the trails including the elevations of each.

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