McDowell Mountain Lousley Hill Trail

Fort McDowell, Arizona

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4 out of 5
An easy desert hike with great views and lots of cacti.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Phoenix


Best Easy Day Hikes: Phoenix

by Stewart M. Green (Falcon Guides)

An easy desert hike with great views and lots of cacti.

© 2015 Stewart M. Green/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Fort McDowell
Distance: 1.2
Elevation Gain: 268 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: November - April
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Local Maps: USGS: Fort McDowell
Topo Map: McDowell Mountain: Lousley Hill Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Easy Day Hikes: Phoenix Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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I give this hike 5 stars because of the petroglyphs. They're in great condition and all over the place. If you're looking for a challenge this isn't the trip. It's crowded as well


Trail is CLOSED until *at least* January 2008. We were very disappointed to discover this only when we pulled up at the ranger booth. They are "improving" the trail which I assume means making it more accessible and easier, so in the future it will probably be more crowded. The improvement project was originally slated to last through October 07, but as of December the trail was still closed, so who knows when it will actually re-open. The rest of the park was very beautiful, except for the suburban sprawl marring the views of the valley floor below. If you're going for the petroglyphs, wait until the Waterfall Trail re-opens - they say you can see some on the other trails, but we only noticed one or two underwhelming ones.

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Mar 2018