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McDowell Mountain Loop, AZ
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McDowell Mountain Loop, AZ 
McDowell Mountain Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2017
BiFrost
Hiking33.05 Miles 6,356 AEG
Hiking33.05 Miles   13 Hrs      2.76 mph
6,356 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break
 
1st trip
Cooler temps made desert hiking an option this weekend with high of only 85. We wanted something close to town so decided on long loop in the McDowell Mountain Preserve and McDowell Regional Park. Starting from Lost Dog Wash TH and over to Sunrise Peak to start the loop. Then down Andrew Kinsey Trail to the Sonoran Trail and the backside of the McDowell’s. Sonoran hooks into Dixie Mine Trail and then Prospector Trail to Windmill and Coachwhip in McDowell Regional Park. Coachwhip to Pemberton over to Boulder Trail and Marcus Landslide to Tom’s Thumb TH. We staged a vehicle at the Tom’s Thumb with cold drinks and snacks for recharge.

After nice break we headed up Tom’s Thumb Trail crossing over to Gateway side and picking up the Gateway Loop Trail. Took another break on Gateway Saddle before picking up Bell Pass Trail to Paradise Trail. Paradise goes through the neighborhood but links with Quartz and over to Taliesin. Eventually made it back to Lost Dog Wash Trail and the trailhead as it was getting dark. Long day but the trails in MSP and MMRP are all great quality so that made it much easier.
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