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McDowell Peak, AZ
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McDowell Peak, AZ 
McDowell Peak, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2016
Hiking8.80 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking8.80 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.60 mph
2,000 ft AEG
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We had a great time exploring both McDowell Peak and Drinkwater Peak, but took a novel approach. We left one vehicle at Gateway Trailhead in Scottsdale, then drove into Fountain Hills to the Dixie Mine Trail. We followed the trail, then the service road, where we intersected with and continued along Prospector Trail, heading up toward McDowell Peak along Bell Pass Trail about one mile ahead. The area is well signed, and the path easily followed. From the high point along Bell Pass (3200'), we headed up 800' to the summit, then made our way across a 0.4 mile stretch to Drinkwater Peak, then bushwhacked 1200' down to the Wingate Trail, which took us back to the parking lot. Great stuff! The only fly in the ointment was an incredibly tedious trek between the two peaks, which was essentially a granite boulder crawl.
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