Oh, skatchins, we don't need to rely on reviews from other states that are posted on funny websites with international audiences. Here are some actual, verbatim quotes of our very own McDowell-Sonoran Preserve from actual Yelpers. I personally certify that each, individual quote below made me LITERALLY LOL. LOL, remember, stands for "laugh out loud." So, yes, these are 7 specific, distinct instances of me sitting at my computer and actually laughing out loud:
- There were a couple of volunteer guys greeting people and helping them figure out where to go. If they weren't there, it would've been very confusing to find out where to go. It's not intuitive. Despite the models and maps, it's not clearly marked until you walk into the preserve for 1000 ft or so.
- [Describes some views of other mountain ranges in the area.] However, there wasn't much else to look at. Except for a lizard, we didn't see any animals or wildlife. We heard a few birds squawking to warn each other that people were nearby, but we didn't see them. It gets kind of boring if you don't have anything to look at on a trail.
It's a great workout, and today I learned that the further you go into a specific trail, the rougher the path gets.
If you like brown, this is the place to hike.
I would probably only go here once in awhile due to it being a loooong drive from my house, but the benefit to that is that there is more to see out here due to it being more a part of the desert.
You don't have as much of a panoramic view as you do when you're hiking camelback, but the trail is very peaceful for a Sunday afternoon. This is more of a relaxing hike than a exercise hike. It's a good running hike, since you don't have much of an incline, but be careful of all the rocks and unsteady gravel.
The only con about this place is that to get to the trails you have to walk over a bridge made of metal slats which my dog HATES. She refuses to walk over it which means I have to carry her and she's not a little dog so it's no easy feat. [Personal note: the "bridge" he's referring to takes approximately 4 seconds to walk over. Maybe 5 if you're texting while walking.]
Ohhh... ohh, my stomach, aggghhh
"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." --John Adams