New trail connecting Scottsdale, Fountain Hills preserves opens in June

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A new trail is opening in Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve in June.

Scottsdale hikers will get to the new trail via the Sunrise and Lost Dog Wash trailheads at the south end of the preserve. The new hike is about 2.5 miles along the eastern McDowell Mountains all the way up to the Tonto National Forest.

This is the first time hikers will have direct access to that area.

The land to connect the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve with the Fountain Hills McDowell Mountain Preserve to the east was acquired in 2013. Initial field planning for the new trail began in January.

The new trail is a long time coming. The idea was first proposed in the 1990s.

While the trail has yet to be officially designated, it's expected that it will be bear the names of preserve advocates Chet Andrews and Ron Kinsey, both of whom were essential to creating the preserves in Scottsdale and Fountain Hills respectively.

Officials in both cities have to approve a proposal to name the new path the Andrews-Kinsey Trail.

While the Scottsdale side of the trail is about halfway finished, the Fountain Hills side is complete.

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve protects more than 30,000 acres of land and contains about 120 miles of non-motorized multi-use trails.

The Scottsdale preserve is open daily, sunrise to sunset.

The Fountain Hills Preserve areas cover nearly 1,000 acres extending from the southern mountains in Scottsdale to the Maricopa County Park border to the north.