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I had gone out here early last Saturday to scope out locations for a family photo session I was going to be doing that afternoon.
So many different trail offerings! I MUST go back to try out others, as I only explored one little section....More
Have done the loop hike a couple of times in September and with the heat, its hot enough to be pretty challenging. There isn't a HUGE elevation change, but big enough to get some views.
Of course bring some water, but there is a fountain...More
Hikes for all ages and abilities available at this wonderful Preserve on the edge of Scottsdale. Plenty of locals walk their dogs, walk and run these trails. Plenty of free parking at Gateway Trailhead with a building with bathrooms and water. Be prepared, take lots...More
If you like to hike this is the place to go to. You can choose from a variety of different trails to hike within this area. They have different hiking trails for shorter or longer hikes or more difficult hikes for the more experienced hiker.
This place was not far from our resort in Scottsdale and we started most days by taking a walk here. From the trailhead, there are numerous trails you can walk on, of different levels of difficulty and length. All are very well marked and organized....More
Taking a hike through this preserve was the highlight of our family vacation. We have an 11 year old and it was going to be hot (100+) so we opted for the North Trail which is only 3 miles. The best part - it came...More
Whatever you do, you must stop by this place and take all the cactus and other wildlife that the Southern Arizona area has to take in. This is a wonderful place, but try to go when its not 110 degrees. We came during the summer...More
One of the other posts includes a suggestion to "plan and prepare for your hike." So, hikes can be done year-round, but plan the trail, time of day and exertion level for the optimum. Most of the desert plants bloom between... More
One of the other posts includes a suggestion to "plan and prepare for your hike." So, hikes can be done year-round, but plan the trail, time of day and exertion level for the optimum. Most of the desert plants bloom between February and May. Early morning is coolest, and there are hikes that have more shade in certain times of the day. As a starter try the Gateway loop early in the morning going clockwise (Uphill in shade to saddle then mostly downhill back in sun). Wear good shoes with a shank support, bring plenty of water, and poles if you want a little help in gravel or downhills.