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McDowell Sonoran Desert Preserve: Tom’s Thumb, Feldspar, and Marcus Landslide Loop Professional Review and Guide
"An easy loop hike explores the northern edge of the McDowell Mountains northeast of Scottsdale and Phoenix."
--Stewart M. Green, Best Easy Day Hikes: Phoenix (Falcon Guides).
I take Scout Troops out on this trail as it is relatively flat...nice crushed stone/sandy trail....it is about 4 miles in length round trip if you also do the 1 mile loop. There are interpretive signs scattered throughout the trail.......great views of the Four Peaks Mts, Superstition Mts, and if in the right location on the hour you will be treated to see the Fountain Hills Fountain (turns on every hour for 15 minutes). The Loop section has the "Submarine Rock" which one can go under as it is a grotto and actually climb up a few easy boulders to get to the opposite side. Great trail for families!
Great little hike up a short foothill in the McDowell Mtn. Park. Was overcast and cool, but I can see this being a very warm hike in the summer (no shade).
Beginning of hike is in a wash area and then quickly begins to gently ascend Lousley Hill. Great 360 degree views along the way. Nice views of Four Peaks to the east and the McDowells to the west. I took two of my kids (9 and 7) and our dog. It was a hit with all four of us! Definitely recommend as a nice easy hike.
Great short little hike with fantastic views! This hike winds up the hill and gives you a great little workout. We did it on a cloudy day around 82 degrees & it was beautifull. Enjoy the pics.
Perfect for beginners, it's a great short hike for all ages. . There is some elevation, but we followed a family that included children and grandparents. The wildflowers were spectacular this year, and the view from the top is unrestricted in several directions.Be sure to stop at the Nature Center to get advice on all the trails in this park. There is something for everyone.
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