New Year...New Hiking Trail

Local Activities Beth Kohoutek January 2, 2024

Embark on a New Year's journey of exploration by conquering a new trail! The North Leg Trail, an extension of the Promenade Trail, awaits your footsteps. This picturesque path winds along a ridge, offering breathtaking views that separate the serene residential areas of Eagles Nest and Shadow Canyon.

Built and maintained by the Sonoran Conservancy of Fountain Hills Trailblazers, a dedicated volunteer group shaping the Preserve's trails by hand.  This trail offers a good mix-up switchback and with elevation gains, your legs will feel on the trek back up the trail.

The North Leg Trail spans about 0.09 miles from the Promenade Trail, totaling a 1.8-mile out-and-back journey or a rewarding 2.8-mile round trip from the Adero Cayon trailhead. Excitingly, plans for future trail construction include a secondary path along the North Leg ridgeline, creating a looped adventure for avid hikers and nature enthusiasts alike.

New to Hiking in Fountain Hills? The Sonoran Conservancy of Fountain Hills offers group hiking led by local volunteers. It’s a great way to get out and explore the trail system locally.

Here’s the list of January events.

  • Learn about the Conservancy, Sun., Jan. 7
  • Golden Eagle to Adero Canyon Trailhead and return, Fri., Jan. 12
  • Desert Landscape Photography with your mobile phone, Mon., Jan. 15
  • Easy Pace Hikes at Sunrise: Ridgeline Loop, Wed., Jan. 17
  • Dixie Mine, Wed., Jan. 24
  • Moonless Stargazing Hike, Tues., Jan. 30, 7-8:30pm
  • What’s in my Pack and Meet an AED, Wed., Jan. 31


SCFH programs do require pre-registration; click here.  You’ll see that many of the activities also suggest what you need to bring, such as water, hiking poles, etc.  

Check out the Desert Community Calendar for all the local hikes and events happening this season.

Prepare to explore the untamed beauty of this evolving trail system!


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