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Desert Ecology - What's a Desert?

May be not what you think it is! Learn about the challenges posed by our environment for everything that lives here, and the strategies used by plants and animals to adapt to our conditions. You’ll leave with new respect for the extraordinary changes our local flora and fauna have made in order to prosper here. Allow 3 hours for this 3-mile round-trip hike with minimal elevation gain. Please arrive at the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead by 7:45 am

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  • Ginny D.

    Hi, I'm Ginny and I have gone on the Gateway trail a couple of times by myself but looking forward to making new hiking friends

    March 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It took me 1 1/2 hours to get there from Surprise, so I missed everyone. I forgot to factor in morning traffic. I ended up doing an easy hike there and taking a million pictures! I'm sorry I missed it...sounds like it was amazing. I am glad I found a new place to go hiking. It is absolutely gorgeous there!!

    March 18, 2014

    • Lezlie G.

      Absolutely! Looking forward to it! See you there.

      March 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ahhh, Leslie, looks like I made the same mistake you did. It was a beautiful drive but took me forever! See you next time!

      March 19, 2014

  • Chris

    Sorry I missed, w/o giving notice (unexpected work stuff). Next time.

    March 18, 2014

  • Chuck

    Very nice experience. Dan is a master at explaining the natural environment in a way that is easy to understand. Thanks for a most informative and enjoyable experience.

    1 · March 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another excellent and educational MSC hike. Enjoyed it highly and as usual, a great group of people.

    March 18, 2014

  • Lezlie G.

    Learning so much while being in such a beautiful environment was only topped by being with a group of so many dedicated McDowell Conservancy stewards. Dan was an excellent leader and teacher who invited other stewards to speak about their areas of expertise.

    March 18, 2014

  • Cora

    Have to work overtime, won:t be able yo make it , sorry.

    March 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Leslie, I'm new to meet ups. I'd be willing to hike w you if the rest of the group goes ahead! I love to hike but I've never done this trail :)

    March 16, 2014

    • Lezlie G.

      You are so kind. This will be my second hike. See you Tuesday!

      March 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you :) See you bright and early!

      March 17, 2014

  • Chris

    I love the Preserve. It's beautiful! Looking forward to this. Thanks Franco.

    March 17, 2014

  • Lezlie G.

    I would love to do this hike but not sure that I'm in good enough shape. If's it's too much, could I turn back so I don't hold everyone up?

    March 12, 2014

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