Mondays in the McDowells Exercise Hike: Hawk’s Nest Loop Hike

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 07:00
Dan Rothman -, 480-773-5197
Mark Miller -, 623-640-5375
B+ LENGTH: 13.2 mi ELEV. GAIN: 800 ft PACE: Fast (2.5-3.0 mph)

This month we’ll be back to hiking in the Northern Region of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, this time though from the Brown’s Ranch Trailhead located at 31301 N. Alma School Parkway, approximately 1.5 miles north of Dynamite Road (go to for further directions).   The trails here are generally flat and easy on the feet, so our pace will be officially fast (2.5 mph to 3.0 mph), though actually fairly relaxed.  Note that our meeting time this month will again be 7:30 am.

Meet at 7:30 am (start 7:35) at the BROWN’S RANCH TRAILHEAD, located at 31301 N. Alma School Parkway, about a mile and a half north of Dynamite Road  (go to for further directions). 

This hike will take us to the very north end of the Preserve on trails that include Upper Ranch, Corral, High Desert, Divide, Hawk’s Nest and Buckshot.  The pace will be brisk, but the trails are flat and generally not rocky. 

Bring plenty of water, snacks, electrolytes and wear sturdy hiking boots.