New trailhead opens at McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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by Sarah Blais

Video report by Ryan O'Donnell

Posted on June 10, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 12 at 11:46 AM

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders have a new place to explore at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

On Monday, the Brown's Ranch Trailhead opened in the northern region of the mountain, by Alma School Parkway and Dynamite Boulevard. The trail has been a work in progress for three years and cost $3.8 million to create.

The path is a home base for exploring more than 50 miles of trails, including paths to Brown's Mountain and other terrain. With the addition of Brown's Ranch, Scottsdale owns 14,800 acres of the northern region of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

Monday's opening was an informal "soft" opening at sunrise. The grand opening will be held on Oct. 19.

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