Mondays in the McDowells Exercise Hike

Date: 
Monday, October 16, 2017 - 07:00
Leaders: 
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197
Mark Miller - markm50@yahoo.com, 623-640-5375
Rating: 
B- LENGTH: 6.7 mi ELEV GAIN: < 500 ft PACE: Fast

This marks the first of our “Mondays in the McDowells” exercise hikes. The McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale includes approximately 200 miles of beautiful, well-maintained trails through landscapes ranging from flat Sonoran desert to steep mountains. During the coming fall through spring, we’ll be attempting to cover all 200+/- miles of these trails. The hikes will be on Monday mornings at 7:00 AM, but pay attention to the trailhead where we’ll be meeting, since there are 5 or 6 primary ones in the Preserve. Come out and join us for all or part of the effort. The pace of the hikes will always be listed as Fast (2.5 to 3.0 mph), though on the flatter trails this will probably seem like a medium pace to most hikers.

Meet at 7:00 am (start 7:05) at the GRANITE MOUNTAIN TRAILHEAD, located in Scottsdale on 136th Street, 2 miles north of Dynamite/Rio Verde Road.

This is a flat and easy hike to start things off. From the Granite Mountain trailhead, we’ll follow the Maricopa Trail south to the Fraesfield Trailhead, then head back north on the 136th Street Express Trail, diverting along the way on the Morning Vista and Dixileta Trails.

Cost to non-members is $5