Hikers, check out these new trails in Fountain Hills, Arizona

With the restroom plumbing and water lines nearly complete and the access road mostly paved, the new Adero Canyon Trailhead in the Fountain Hills McDowell Mountain Preserve officially opened Nov. 17, 2018.

After decades of planning and construction, the roughly 1,000-acre preserve now occupies a mountainous sliver of space between manicured golf communities and the hiking hubs of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and McDowell Mountain Regional Park.

The mini but mighty preserve in the far northwest corner of Fountain Hills, Arizona really packs a punch in terms of varied hiking opportunities. The preserve has more than 11 miles of non-motorized trails that range in difficulty from very easy to extremely challenging.

Perhaps the most tantalizing hiker gravy of the trail complex is its connectivity. Although most of the preserve’s routes are contained within its borders, the Sonoran, Andrew-Kinsey and Dixie Mine trails cross into the adjacent park and preserve. These property-spanning paths offer seamless foot travel among the popular northeast Valley hiking hubs.

Although each of the preserve’s trails has its own character, they all capitalize on their advantageous location overlooking the Salt and Verde river basin. Scenic vistas come in the form of both low-hanging fruit and hard-won jewels.

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