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 Events for McDowell Mtn 
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FIRE BAN INFORMATION
Effective
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 through Thursday, August 28, 2014
Maricopa County's regional parks will initiate the annual fire ban. This includes banning the use of all
campfire, fire pits and charcoal grills; however, it is still acceptable to use gas/propane grills in designated areas such as the ramada areas, semi-developed and developed camping sites, and along the shoreline at Lake Pleasant Regional Park.
If the parks do not receive ample rain during the monsoon season, the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department
may extend the fire ban to protect the parks resources and ensure visitor safety. To learn more, click here.

Trails

Trail Name Miles KM Use Rating
Bluff 2.2 3.5 km Shared use
Chuparosa 0.5 3.5 km Hike/Bike only
Coachwhip 2.6 4.2 km Shared use
Dixie Mine 5.6 9.0 km Shared use
Granite 3.5 5.6 km Shared use
Hilltop 0.5* 0.7 km Hike only
Lousley Hill 1.2* 2.0 km* Hike only
North 2.9* 4.7 km* Hike/Bike only
Nursery Tank 0.6* 0.9 km* Barrier-free
Pemberton 15.4** 24.8 km** Shared use
Rock Knob 0.6 0.9 km Shared use
Scenic 3.5 5.6 km Shared use
Shallmo Wash 1.7 2.8 Shared use
Sonoran 0.8 1.3 Shared use
Stoneman Wash 4.3 6.9 Shared use
Tonto Tank 2.7 4.3 Shared use
Tortoise 0.7 1.1 Hike/Bike only
Verde 1.2 2.0 Hike/Bike only
Wagner 1.1 1.8 Hike/Bike only
Windmill Continues into Scottsdale Shared use
Distances shown above are one-way unless indicated by * for round-trip distance and ** for loop distance.
       
Competitive Tracks (Distances are round-trip from trailhead.)
Long Loop 8.2 mi 13.3 km    
Sport Loop 3.0 mi 4.8 km    
Technical 2.9 mi 4.6 km    

Trail Rating Guide
During the hotter months when the temperatures and/or humidity is high, trails will be rated at least one level higher.

Rating Symbol Brief
Definition
Surface Grade Obstacles/
Steps

easiest
Paved Accessible Trail Paved or hard and smooth
None


easy

Mostly smooth and wide Dirt with occasional unevenness
2" or less, rocks and ruts

moderate
Mostly smooth, variable width Dirt with occasional unevenness
<8" rocks and ruts, loose material

moderate difficult
Mostly uneven surfaces Dirt and rock
<12" rocks and ruts, loose material

difficult
Long rocky segments with possible drops and exposure Dirt and loose rock with continual unevenness
12" or taller, loose rocks, exposure to drops

extremely difficult
Long rocky segments with possible drops and exposure Dirt and loose rock with continual unevenness
12" or taller, loose rocks, exposure to drops and excessive heat >90F

 


Fridays Fitness Hike- Lousley Hill Trailhead - 8/1/2014
Nature Walk to Nursery Tank - McDowell - 8/7/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- Wagner Trailhead - 8/8/2014
Snake Feeding - McDowell - 8/9/2014
Scorpions in the Wild! - McDowell - 8/9/2014
Summer Night Ride Series- Pemberton Trail - 8/9/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- Trailhead Staging Area - 8/15/2014
The Desert Tortoise and Friends - McDowell - 8/16/2014
Nature Walk to Nursery Tank - McDowell - 8/21/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- 4 Peaks (Horse) Staging Area - 8/22/2014
The Art of Camouflage - McDowell - 8/23/2014
Summer Night Ride Series- Competitive Track - 8/23/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- Tom's Thumb Trailhead - 8/29/2014
Desert Show & Tell - McDowell - 8/30/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- Wagner Trailhead - 9/5/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- Trailhead Staging Area - 9/12/2014
Summer Night Ride Series- Pemberton Trail - 9/13/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike-Tom's Thumb Trailhead (end of 128th st.)- DIFFICULT - 9/19/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- Sonoran Trail- DIFFICULT - 9/26/2014
Competitive Track Closed - - 10/11/2014
Trailhead Staging Area - Closed Saturday and Sunday morning - 11/1/2014
Competitive Track - Closed - 11/7/2014
Four Peaks - Closed - 11/15/2014
Competitive Track - Closed - 11/22/2014
Competitive Track - Closed - 12/6/2014
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Fri-Sat: 6am-10pm
- 365 days a year

Summer Nature
Center Hours

Mon - Sat: 8 am - 3 pm

Admin. Office Hours
Mon - Fri: 8 am - 4 pm

McDowell Mountain Regional Park
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
MMRP Arizona 85255  
Ph: 480-471-0173      Fax: 602-372-8596
mcdowellpark@mail.maricopa.gov

Mailing Address
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
PO Box 18415
Fountain Hills,  AZ 85269-8415

 
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