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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ
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Ranked #2 of 92 Attractions in Scottsdale
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Center Valley, PA
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80 reviews 80 reviews
25 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

In late September 2014, my wife and I hiked the Gateway Loop trail and part of the Windgate Trail on two successive days. This is a fabulous place to hike! You are walking on trails beside Sonoran desert plants and the saguaro and other plants are gorgeous. The trail is mostly loose rocks, so this is a great place to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

In short, outside of the superstition range, a great set of mountains where you are truly on the edge of Sonoran wilderness. Whether a sweaty ascent to the "thumb" or a leisurely stroll with family and children, scenic and beautiful each time.

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Sellin, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Great for shorter hikes. Good trails and enough parking. Easy hikes. Will be back for more hikes. My friends enjoyed the hikes, too.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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75 reviews 75 reviews
41 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The trail is well marked, wide enough for two. The view going around the mountain was gorgeous from all sides. The hike according to our app was 4.88 miles. Not too much of an elevation change. Very friendly hikers as you walk along. Would definitely have done again if we had time! Plenty of parking and very nice (5 star... More

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Newport Beach, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

If you want a great hike in the area that's not as crowded or hard as Camelback, this is your move. I don't know if I've ever been to such a user-friendly hike. Free parking, volunteers to help you out, bathrooms, water, free trail maps, and trail markers all over. It doesn't get better than this. The Gateway Loop trail... More

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Chatham, Ontario
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111 reviews 111 reviews
40 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

It's so impressive to have so many active hiking areas of all skill levels in and around a major city like Phoenix. It's very easy to get around and you can go from a busy city to alone in the desert in minutes. The contrast is breathtaking.

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Chicago, Ilinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I have hiked both the Gateway and Sunrise trails. The Gateway trail includes an easy, educational loop that can be hiked. You can also choose longer hikes. This trail is more traveled than the Sunrise trail, which is more strenuous. I highly recommend both trails! I also tried hiking the Lost Dog Wash trail on Sept. 8 but it's temporarily... More

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New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Beautiful and interesting. Well maintained trails and fascinating flora and scenery.Good for hikers walkers, mountain bikers, photographers, horse riders, dog walker.(on leash). Lots of parking (free),easy to get to. A don't miss!

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Michigan City, Indiana
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Great trails filled with outdoor enthusiasts on their morning walks and runs. The scenery of the variety of cacti and different colors of rocks provide a beautiful backdrop to exercise. There are several trails you can choose from and the one we hiked was 4.2 miles total I think. A peaceful yet a good heart-pumping workout!!

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Mesa, AZ
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is a wonderful place to go for day hikes, see some wildlife, and experience the Arizona Desert. They have nice picnic areas for family and friend gatherings. The hiking paths are well maintained. Always....stay on the trails and carry water with you when you hike in the desert.

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