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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

LEVEE TRAIL

LEVEE TRAIL McDowell Sonoran Preserve Sorry, you can’t drive your Chevy to this levee. That’s because it’s located within the McDowell Sonoran Preserve where efforts to preserve our beautiful desert include restricting motorized vehicles to designated parking areas. This makes for a nice, quiet amble among saguaros, chollas, creosote bushes and myriad desert trees, shrubs and wildflowers. And, the views aren’t too shabby, either. The majestic peaks of the McDowell Mountains, which rise to 4,000 feet, make an impressive backdrop for this easy desert stroll. Open to bikes, horses and foot travel, the Levee Trail is a major connector route for many of the more challenging trails in the preserve. However, by itself, it’s a worthy destination for novice hikers, those with tots in tow or anyone looking for an effortless, local outing. LENGTH: 2.4 miles roundtrip RATING: easy ELEVATION GAIN: minimal GETTING THERE: From Loop 101 in Scottsdale, take the Bell Road exit and continue east on Bell to 104th Street. The trailhead is on the north side of the road. INFORMATION: http://www.mcdowellsonoran.org/ OR http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/preserve.asp

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