New Scottsdale, AZ trailhead opens up more options for hikers and bikers

Outdoor recreation opportunities continue to expand in the Ariona’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve of Maricopa County. The permanently protected swath of Sonoran Desert in north Scottsdale that has more than 220 miles of trails winding through more than 30,000 acres of terrain recently gained a new trailhead.

The Pima-Dynamite trailhead that opened in the preserve’s northwest corner this year is part of the Scottsdale’s Phase 3 Trail Corridor Plan. The roomy access point is bordered by Pima Road and state trust land, Dynamite Boulevard and Stagecoach Pass. It has parking for more than 200 vehicles, including spots for horse trailers.

Phase 3 involves 3,000 acres of land just west of the Browns Ranch trailhead. While still under development, several trails are open for use by hikers, bikers and equestrians. Like all preserve trails, the new cluster of sustainably designed routes offers safe, nonmotorized access while protecting native plant and wildlife habitats.

A map kiosk at the trailhead shows the system layout as well as its connectivity with old-favorite preserve trails to the east. The circuit begins with a short walk on Powerline Road to the Latigo Trail junction.

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