This group's main focus is outdoor exercise in the early morning, with hour long, medium paced hikes in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve scheduled three to five times a week during weekdays. Our three main hikes vary in difficulty. If you are new to hiking, or trying to regain fitness, try the Lost Dog Wash Hike first and work your way up from there.
The trails are beautiful in the morning, and a group of hiking companions makes the exercise a pleasure. This is a great way to start the day!
Weekday Hikes are always on one of three trails: Lost Dog Wash – Ringtail Trail: 2.4 mile loop with gradual ups and downs, and very little elevation gain. Our easiest hike, often finished before the end of the hour.
Gateway – North Side of the Loop: Out and back hike, total 3.2 miles return, with 400 ft. elevation gain. This hike tends to take the full hour, and is more challenging than Lost Dog Wash.
Sunrise Trail to the 1.2 mile overlook: Out and back hike totaling 2.4 miles, with just over 500 ft. in elevation gain. Our most challenging weekday hike.
Weekend Hikes Our weekend hikes are more varied, tend to be longer, and are more challenging. Please ask the organizer if you have questions!
Start Times We follow the time of sunrise and the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Gate Opening Times. Winter hikes start between 6:30 and 7:30 am, and in the summer months begin as early as 5:30 am to beat the heat. We leave 5 minutes after the posted start time.
Carpooling options If you don't live in the area and would like to consider carpooling, check out our Carpool Discussion Board.
RSVP Etiquette Please let us know if you're coming. If you have RSVP'd "yes" and change your mind, please change your RSVP. Read about RSVP etiquette here.
Please Note: We live in a desert where you WILL sweat out a lot of water very quickly trying to keep your body cool. Even though we are leaving early in the morning you still need to bring water with you. There is no formula for how much water you will need so ALWAYS err on the side of caution.
Remember, only YOU are responsible for your own safety.