Cone Mountain & Hackamore Trail

This hike is rated EASY.


Hike Starts at 5:45 a.m.

This hike will depart half an hour after the gate opens.  Gate opens 0520 on August 17th.  We will be trekking right before sunrise!

Here is a hike for the Beginners! This loop hike is in the new Brown’s Ranch Area of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  You will be amazed at the spectacular desert views.  Saguaros, living and dead, are abundant due to the higher elevation!  This is a chance for you to notice unusual desert plants and possibly more wildlife. Maybe we will see a desert tortoise!

The trails are new, well-groomed, and fairly soft.  There are some areas of deep sand & dirt that will make you feel like you are trudging at a beach.

We will start out by going northwest between Brown’s Mountain and Cone Mountain. You can gaze up at Brown’s Mountain Summit and imagine yourself up there ~ when you are ready for an intermediate hike. Cone Mountain has a unique shape indeed, and we will go around part of its circumference. On future hikes we may go around the entire circumference, but on this hike we will transfer to the Hackamore Trail for 1.7 miles along the current western edge of the Preserve. We’ll end up at Sunset Vista, a scenic point, and from there we’re just a short distance from the parking lot.

This hike will be cross-posted with Trail Mix.  We will keep a beginner’s pace, though moderate, and we will take rest breaks for water frequently.

We need to leave ON TIME because of the heat and sun blast.

Bring plenty of water and PLEASE wear a hat or head-covering.  We tend to lose the wind this time of year, especially during the mornings so sweat will be abundant.  Also consider bringing a bandana, a towel, or other wrap-around cooling cloths and energy snacks.

The City of Scottsdale already has the new maps stocked at the TH, but feel free to print them out in advance from the link below.


DISTANCE:  4.0 miles roundtrip

ELEVATION GAIN:  < 200 feet

TRAIL STYLE:  Loop, with one scenic point

DURATION:  2.0 hours

DOGS:  Yes, if leashed

FACILITIES:  Restrooms and water at the TH; dog fountain also

WEBSITE: Trail Map

 

DIRECTIONS:  The trailhead address is:  30301 North Alma School Parkway, Scottsdale, Arizona.  To get there, take Scottsdale Road or Pima Road north to Dynamite Blvd.  Head east on Dynamite.  At Alma School Road turn left, and head north.  The Google map link will show you where to head north.

(Dynamite changes to Rio Verde Drive at this intersection, so don't get confused.)

Another option is going east on E. Happy Valley Road to N. Alma School Road and then head north.

If you are coming from Fountain Hills, just take Rio Verde Drive.

** The TH is approximately one mile north of Dynamite Blvd. **

You will observe signs that say “No Outlet” and “Dead End”… just keep going!  Parking for passenger vehicles is on the left.

Contact me via Meetup if you have questions.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun Fun Fun! Good to be back with you.

    3 · August 17

  • Sue Tyrrel

    Beautiful scenery, great weather and a really nice group of people, thank you all, I had a great time :)

    2 · August 17

  • Dan N Terri Acosta

    Excellent hike and group of people, looking forward to doing it again.

    3 · August 17

  • Beverly

    Please sign me up for "Elbow Yoga with Jim!"

    2 · August 17

  • Beverly

    It was a beautiful morning with light breezes wafting throughout the hike. What a pleasure to have trekked the gorgeous, summer desert on this trail of gentle slopes and dips. Additionally, to be in the company of "honest, truthful" (and one "tall") hikers was great fun.

    Breakfast was easily the piece de resistance, completing the morning adventure perfectly! Smiling faces, happy voices, hearty appetites, scrumptious food...an excellent equation to getting the weekend started right!

    Thank you, Jim for your excellent leadership!

    4 · August 17

  • Jim Kortegast

    This is easily one of the most beautiful trails and with the acceptable weather conditions (starting temp in upper 80's, soft cloud cover, and high humidity and high dew point - right Theresa?), it was even better! Also, it was great to see so many new faces this morning! Less than 19 hours until the next hike!!

    Breakfast was WONDERFUL and DELICIOUS. The 10 hikers that attended all had smiling eyes and it was great to see and hear each of you. New phrases were coined, such as: "The People Magnet" and "Elbow Yoga with Jim".

    Thanks everybody for coming to the hike. Let’s do it again soon!

    2 · August 17

  • Theresa Oster

    How did I forget to mention today's frosting?! Snapping pics of hte almost elusive "horny toad" lizard hiding under the bush!

    1 · August 17

  • Sabrina

    Great hike, great people, looking forward to the next one.

    2 · August 17

  • Theresa Oster

    This is easily one of the most beautiful trails and with the perfect weather conditions (starting temp in upper 80's, soft cloud cover, and virtually undetectable humidity-right Jim?), it was even better! Also, it was great to see so many new faces this morning! Less than 20 hours until the next hike!!

    3 · August 17

  • michael spector

    Awesome hike and great breakfast afterwards

    3 · August 17

  • David Paine

    Sorry to cancel, sore back.

    August 16

  • Erin Jensen

    Hey Jim sorry about the last min. cancel. I strained my back so I was unfortunately told to take it easy this weekend. But I'll catch you guys next time.

    August 16

    • Jim Kortegast

      Take care.

      August 16

    • Beverly

      So sorry about your injury, Erin. I find that ice really helps when my back acts up. Perhaps it will be helpful for yours as well. Pamper yourself & get well soon! You'll be missed.

      August 16

  • Jim Kortegast

    Good Morning Hikers!

    We have an excessive heat warning from now through Sunday morning, although I cannot figure out why all of Sunday is not included in this weather advisory. Duh!

    It was already 102-103° by 0900 this morning! The dew point is back at a monsoon level and no doubt it will be humid tomorrow! The good news is that we will be treated to shade on some early parts of our hike tomorrow morning. We will take rest breaks in these shady areas for comfort. The hike should be finished by 0745-0800. The single most spectacular view is at the conclusion of our hike, where you can review the areas we just traversed in the desert. You are free to absorb the scenic view as long as you want, or you may depart immediately for your air-conditioned vehicle. Many of the veteran hikers prefer to linger as we are awe-struck by the beauty of our precious Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

    August 16

  • Jim Kortegast

    continued…

    PLEASE bring plenty of water and wear a head-covering. We will take a steady but beginner pace so that we are not getting exhausted trying to enjoy this hike. If you need to reach me, call or text me at [masked]. We really need to depart right before sunrise tomorrow, so please be on time.

    Thanks!

    August 16

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait to get back together with my hiking buddies. It's been too long. Did a hike at Lake Tahoe (to Eagle Lake, at over 7000 ft.) last week, though. Beautiful views and lots of rest stops!

    1 · August 15

    • Jim Kortegast

      ONLY ONE MORE WORKDAY and we can hike AGAIN!

      5 · August 15

    • Jim Kortegast

      "I've been waiting all week for Saturday morning! Ohe, Yeah... "

      1 · August 15

  • Suhad

    Sorry, but just found out that I am working Saturday. Hopefully I can make it next weekend. Enjoy your hike!

    August 14

    • Jim Kortegast

      That's a shame. We were looking forward to seeing you again. Join us again soon!

      August 14

  • Jim Kortegast

    As noted above in the hike description, the gate shall open 0520 on Saturday according to Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve website.

    Some of us experienced the 6-7 minute gate-opening DELAY last time. If this holdup occurs again, I will write the City of Scottsdale and ask if they will provide porta-potties outside the gate! Phew. Bring a small flashlight if you need to utilize the restrooms as it will be dark.

    Sunrise is 0552, so let's have introductions underway at 0545. Thanks! I am looking forward to Saturday!

    August 12

  • Janice

    I have only hiked 2-3 times ever and want to get "hooked" on hiking now/this fall. Having just moved to N.Scottsdale I am excited to learn about my surrounding hiking area with other Novice/Beginner hikers. Time to tone and enjoy the outdoors. Hope I make it off the waitlist.

    1 · August 11

    • Steve Miller

      Janice, It's Jims call, but to be honest it seems very rare when everyone that signs up shows up. I would give your odds 8 and 10 that you would be able to hike with us if you showed up. But.....better to check with Jim first.

      1 · August 11

    • Janice

      Happily, yesterday at Starbucks on TPP/FLW, I was offered two "Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve Trails", maps from a steward of the trails. I will probably do Gateway instead and keep an eye open for more postings throughout these lovely nearby Mtns. Thank you so kindly!

      August 11

  • Kelly McKenzie

    I'm a beginning hiker and looking forward to the hike. This is my first time hiking. Looking forward to it.

    3 · August 10

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oops! I have a conflict that day. .. wok definitely make labs for the next weekend event!

    August 5

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