FOUNTAIN HILLS, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Fountain Hills McDowell Preserve made news exactly one year ago this month with the opening of Adero Canyon at the end of Eagle Ridge Drive in Fountain Hills. After years in the making, the trailhead has bathrooms, drinking water and ample parking.
If you are an avid hiker in the East Valley, you are probably familiar with the McDowell Sonoran Preserve – home to the same great hikes like Tom’s Thumb, the Gateway Loop and Sunrise. But did you know there is another preserve nestled between the McDowell Preserve, McDowell Regional Park and the Town of Fountain Hills? It is likely you didn’t unless you live in Fountain Hills.
It is very small compared to its neighbor, at 1,000 acres, but 1,000 acres of beautiful Sonoran desert landscapes and several great trails for hikers and mountain bikers alike. Many of the 11 miles of non-motorized trail in the preserve range in difficulty from very easy to strenuous. The Sonoran, Andrew-Kinsey and Dixie Mine trail add ample opportunities for extended hikes throughout McDowell Regional Park and the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Any hike here will grant you views of the Verde River Basin, the Superstition Wilderness and the surrounding Sonoran Desert.
Here are a few options for you to get your hike on! All of these options are via the Adero Canyon Trailhead at 14800 N Eagle Ridge Drive.
Adero Canyon Overlook Trail
Length: 1.2 miles out and back
Elevation Gain: 193 ft
Length: 2.6 miles loop
Elevation Gain: 622 ft
Andrews-Kinsey (starting at the Promenade TH) to Sunrise Peak (McDowell Sonoran Preserve)
Length: 6.4 miles out and back
Elevation Gain: 1,161 ft
Note: Check the Fountain Hills website for more up to date information about access to Adero Canyon as the road does close for construction projects in the area.