Been quite some time since we've posted this hike, and the temps are looking delightfully cool on Friday. Why not start the weekend off with a little hike?
Length: 5.6 miles (Usually takes 2-3 hours).
Elevation change: 1100 feet
This is a local hike (Scottsdale) in the McDowell Mountains. The trail is a somewhat gradual, but steady climb, with the last quarter of a mile to the top being a slightly tougher push. You can be sure you will get a workout on this thigh-burning climb! From the top, you will be rewarded with views of Fountain Hills, Scottsdale, Four Peaks, Weaver's Needle, Camelback and the McDowell Mountains. There is usually a nice breeze up there, as well. Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, proper shoes, and a snack for the top.
PLEASE NOTE THE STARTING LOCATION IS THE RINGTAIL TRAILHEAD (NOT THE SUNRISE OR LOST DOG TRAILHEAD).
The directions are as follows:
Directions (from the west): Take Hwy 101 North to Shea Blvd. Take Shea Blvd east (right) to the intersection of Via Linda. Turn left onto Via Linda. Take Via Linda to 128th Street, which is a residential street, with no traffic signal. Turn north (left) onto 128th Street and drive .6 miles to the trailhead, on your left. There is parking along the left side of the road.
Directions (from the east): Take Route 87 (the Beeline Hwy.) north to Shea Blvd. Take Shea Blvd. west (left) to 136th Street. Take 136th Street north (right) to Via Linda. Take Via Linda west (left) to 128th Street. Take 128th Street north (right) and go approximately .6 miles to the trailhead, on your left. There is parking along the left side of the road.
Carpooling: As this is a local hike, there will be no formal carpooling locations. Please feel free to make arrangements in the comment section of this page, if you would like to try to set up a carpool to the trailhead.