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Tortoise Trail - MMRP, AZ

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Distance One Way 0.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,865 feet
Elevation Gain 101 feet
Accumulated Gain 101 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.04
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Overview:The McDowell Regional Park is located on the east side of the McDowell Mountains, north of Fountain Hills. The Park is 21,000 acres, composed primarily of the lower Verde River basin. The Verde River is still a few miles east of the Park, but from any elevated vantage point you can actual see the land sloping down towards the river. There are over 20 trails in the McDowell Mountain Regional Park leading to a variety of combinations for varying difficulty and distance.

Hike:The Tortoise Trail is one of the shorter trails within the park stretching for .7 miles. It can be reached from either the Pemberton staging area or from the visitor's center. The Pemberton staging area provides much parking, picnic tables, bathrooms and drinking fountains. To get to the Tortoise Trail take the western Pemberton track (which is located where the cars enter the parking area) for about 20 feet. The trail is well established and signed so it is difficult to miss. The trail, which is about 2 ft wide and composed of crush granite, heads in a northward direction up a gradual slope. The elevation change is very minor. The track has a few twists and turns but is overall very straight. The trail is very exposed providing little protection from the elements. There are a few ironwood that crowd the trail at one point, but otherwise it is mainly low lying shrubs like creosote and brittlebush. The trail ends when you reach the visitor center.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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2021 Day Use Fees range from $2–$30

Map Drive

To hike
To get to the park, from central Phoenix, take Loop 202 east to Beeline Highway (SR 87). Continue northeast on SR 87 to Shea Blvd. Travel west on Shea Blvd. to Saguaro Blvd.; turn north. Continue through Town of Fountain Hills to Fountain Hills Blvd; turn right and travel four miles to the McDowell Mountain Regional Park entrance. Yes, you have to pay to enter ( see Fees / Permits ). Take the park drive past the family and group campgrounds to Shalimo Dr. Turn right and follow road to Trailhead Group Area
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