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Geology Hike

Discover the unique geology of the McDowells on this scenic 4½-mile hike with an elevation gain of 600 feet. Wander up to a low saddle before winding back to the trailhead. This hike is geared toward new hikers to the area who want to learn more about local geology. Allow 3 hours. Please arrive at the Gateway Trailhead by 8:45 a.m. Appropriate for ages 10 and older.

The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is a non-profit conservation organization that relies on more than 400 volunteers to help protect and promote the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. We do this in so many ways- from trail building to patrolling the trails, guiding hikes, education, and research.

We need your help! The Preserve is growing by 10 square miles in the next year and we need volunteers to help keep the Preserve protected. Sign up today at

Dogs are welcome in the Preserve but only service dogs are permitted on guided hikes.

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  • Ellen T.

    I won't be able to attend this hike (attending the one next Saturday). Life got in the way. Will be looking forward for another
    opportunity. Thank you.

    January 26, 2013

  • Shelley

    It's an easy to moderate hike . . . 4.5 miles with 600 ft elevation gain

    January 23, 2013

  • Cynthia

    Is this an easy, middle of the road or difficult hike? Thanks for any guidance.

    January 21, 2013

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