Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve Hike

Let's hike the Marcus Land Slide hike from the new Tom's Thumb Trailhead. This is a relatively easy hike about 4 miles long, if you do the whole thing. The last mile is a loop and it's out and back on the same trail, so no problem turning around. Plenty of other hikers. There's essentially no elevation climb. The trail is very well maintained, and is dirt and some small gravel. Lots of photo ops!

How to get to the trailhead:
The trailhead is located at 23015 N. 128th Street. Scottsdale 85255.

From the south, take Pima Road north to Happy Valley Road east for about 4.25 miles, turn right (east) onto Ranch Gate Road, turn right (south) onto 128th Street, and travel for one mile to Tom’s Thumb Trailhead.

From the north, take Pima Road south to Dynamite Road / Rio Verde Drive and turn left (east). Turn right on 128th Street and travel three miles south to Tom's Thumb Trailhead.

Turn right on 128th St (a gravel road), go about a mile to the trailhead and park there. Regular cars are fine on the gravel road.

We'll meet on the north side of the bathroom area.

Disclaimer: Please bring your own water to the trail. We do not recommend hiking to persons who have asthma conditions and heart problems. By providing the information to this event, we do not assume any liability for participants. Hiking can have potential hazards involving risk of injury or death, and each person participating in these activities must understand the risks involved, obtain the necessary training, and take the needed precautions.

For more info on this trail see: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Page14803.aspx

For more info about the preserve, see web page....

http://www.experiencescottsdale.com/download-scottsdales-mcdowell-sonoran-preserves-brochure

 

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  • Alyce

    Sharin, Thanks for uploading these great photos!

    January 7, 2013

  • Judy M.

    great intro to hiking in AZ. It was easy enough for my first hike!

    January 6, 2013

  • Sharin

    Thank you for a great hike Henry. Great way to spend a day!

    January 6, 2013

  • Ron H.

    Very nice hike. The leader did a great job of organizing this event

    January 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be standing on the north side of the bathroom building wearing a green hat and with trekking poles and a blue backpack. It's easy to find the trailhead, if you know where it is, so if you don't give yourself extra time.

    January 6, 2013

  • Ron H.

    Carpooling is a very good idea.

    January 5, 2013

  • Sharin

    So... Is anyone planning to carpool after all?
    My car won't go to far :(

    January 5, 2013

  • Bob

    I'm at Happy Valley Rd. and I-17; could pass thru Desert Ridge area on my way to the rendezvous point.

    January 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Best way to get there is the 51 to the 101 and then over to Scottsdale Rd. We'll see how many people are going to carpool and then make a decision. I'm less than a mile from the 51.

    January 4, 2013

  • Georgia

    I live in desert ridge at tatum and 101. Anyone want to carpool?

    January 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I also posted this hike on the Phoenix over 50s group site. I live next to Squaw Peak, so if anyone wants to carpool from there let me know.

    January 3, 2013

    • Judy M.

      I also live next to Squaw Peak and would like to carpool w/you.

      January 3, 2013

  • Sharin

    Meeting at 32 & Lincoln will help me ... If I can hitch a ride too??
    It's far to north scottsdale from Arcadia .

    January 3, 2013

  • Ron H.

    How about meeting at the 32nd St and Lincoln shopping center.

    January 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here's an updated link and more directions to the trailihead. If you come in from Pima Rd on Happy Valley Rd, there will be a sign for Tom' Thumb Trailhead on the right about 4.3 miles east. There will also be two more signs on your right for the park entrance.

    From the Scottsdale Parks Site:
    Trailhead map and directions

    The trailhead is located at 23015 N. 128th Street.

    From the south, take Pima Road north to Happy Valley Road east for about 4.25 miles, turn right (east) onto Ranch Gate Road, turn right (south) onto 128th Street, and travel for one mile to Tom’s Thumb Trailhead.

    From the north, take Pima Road south to Dynamite Road / Rio Verde Drive and turn left (east). Turn right on 128th Street and travel three miles south to Tom's Thumb Trailhead.

    http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Pag...­

    January 2, 2013

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