Hiking Near Phoenix
The city of Phoenix has long established desert mountain parks, but for many enthusiasts, the hiking in Scottsdale (a Phoenix suburb) has a great range of trails and distances. Nearly one third of the entire city is protected as part of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, a conservation are funded in large part by a citizen’s referendum to establish a bond to procure the land. One of the favorite hikes in the Preserve is the Tom’s Thumb trail, which leds after a steep climb to a whimsical rock knob and a stunning view of Scottsdale and the Tonto National Forest. The Tom’s Thumb hike is great for experienced hikers, but if a less challenging route is desired, there are many lower-angled trails in McDowell Mountain Regional Park which abuts the Preserve to the east.