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Sonoran West End loop


RSVPs open now and close at 6:00pm on 11/15/2013

7:30 am is the carpool time from Fry’s at Hayden & Thompson Peak; 8:15 am is the start time from the trailhead

This is a moderate-strenuous hike of about 8 miles in Maricopa County’s McDowell Mountain Regional Park, which abuts the McDowell Mountain Sonoran Preserve to the east. We recommend carpooling from Fry’s because there is limited parking at the trailhead.

We start with a 0.5 mile walk through the community and an easy 0.6 miles on the Dixie Mine trail to the intersection of the Sonoran trail.  The Sonoran trail runs about 2 miles toward the south with lots of ups and downs of moderate elevation gain.  The Sonoran trail ends at the Promenade trail, which shortly connects with the West End Loop trail.  We hike up a steep section a bit over 0.5 miles, over a ridge, then down about the same distance on the other side.  We return on a portion of the Promenade trail back on the Sonoran trail, and retrace our path back to the parking area.

Rating:  Moderate-strenuous

Trail type:  Maintained

Estimated hiking time:  4 hours

Total distance:  8 miles

Elevation gain: [masked]’ total gain

What to bring:  Plenty of water and/or sports drink, snacks or lunch, clothing suitable for the weather.  Poles are recommended.

Fee:  There is a $2 or $3 entrance fee to the park.

Carpool location:  Fry’s patio at the southeast corner of Hayden and Thompson Peak in Scottsdale.  It is a 40 minute drive to the trailhead.  Plan on a $3 contribution to the driver.

Directions to the trailhead:  Head east on Shea toward Fountain Hills.  Turn left on Palisades and go a couple of miles to Golden Eagle Boulevard.  Turn left again and go until just before the road ends at the Eagles Nest access gate.  Park in the lot on the left.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent ~ Thanks Steve !!

    November 17, 2013

  • renee h.

    Great 10 mile hike!! Not 8!

    November 16, 2013

  • Kathy

    Good vigorous hike. Thanks

    November 16, 2013

  • Debley

    Could I catch a ride back to 101 and Raintree AFTER the hike??

    November 15, 2013

    • Kathleen K.

      Sure, we'll have a car stop there.

      November 16, 2013

  • Barb Z.

    Decided to head to Elephant Mountain for a ranger hike. Jim is not hiking at all. See you all next week.

    November 15, 2013

  • Barb Z.

    Hey, Steve. I think I said I would be at Fry's, but we will meet you at the trailhead not Fry's.

    November 15, 2013

  • wayne

    Is Frys a grocery store? Is the address 20427 N Haydon Rd.?

    November 14, 2013

    • Kathleen K.

      Yes, that's it. SE corner of Hayden and Thompson Peak Parkway one mile north of the 101 and Hayden.

      November 14, 2013

  • Holly

    See you at Fry's

    November 12, 2013

  • Perry B.

    From the south on the 101. Where is Hayden and Thompson Peak?

    October 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Go North on the 101. Exit Hayden. Go R onto Hayden. Go two lights - Fry's is on the Right (at Thompson Peak Parkway)

      November 8, 2013

  • wayne

    will be flying in from Calgary on Friday,looking forward to do some desert hiking

    November 7, 2013

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