McDowell Mountain Preserve

McDowell Mountain Preserve Hike

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve, about 20 miles north east of Phoenix, is the largest urban preserve in the United States. It contains roughly 30,000 acres of the Sonoran Desert and the majority of the McDowell Mountains. The Preserve has lots of trails with varying degrees of difficulty. This morning I hiked the Gateway Loop, a 4.5 mile trail considered moderately difficult with an elevation gain of 650 feet.