Fountain Hills Hiking Challenge

Dori Wittrig November 2, 2020

It is not too late to join the Fountain Hills Hiking Challenge before it ends on November 30. This challenge is a great way to gain physical fitness, mental well-being, a chance to explore new places around the community and connect with nature.
Five hikes will take you across 32 miles of the Sonoran Desert:

Scenic Trail Loop- 4.2 Miles

An easy to moderate trail with a 300-foot elevation gain located in McDowell Mountain Park.

Sunrise Trail to Andrews Kinsey Trail- 6.8 Miles

This 1,100-foot elevation gain is a moderate hike that begins at the east end of Via Linda in Scottsdale.

Golden Eagle Trailhead to Dixie Mine- 5.4 Miles

Follow the trail signs from the end of Golden Eagle Blvd. to McDowell Mountain Park for a moderate to difficult hike with a 700-foot elevation gain.

Golden Eagle Trailhead to Preserve- 7.9 Miles

Start heading toward the Dixie Mine, then turn left on the Sonoran Trail into the Fountain Hills McDowell Mountain Preserve for a moderate to difficult hike with a 1,500-foot elevation gain.

Golden Eagle to Bell Pass- 8.0 Miles

This moderate to difficult trail has a 1,500-foot elevation gain. Head toward Dixie Mine, turn left on the Dixie Mine dirt road, then left on Prospector Trail through the McDowell Mountains.
All registered participants receive a Fountain Hills Hiking Challenge t-shirt. If you complete all five hikes, you will be entered to win a $50 gift card to Just Roughin’ It.
For more information and to register, visit

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