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Thursday, March 27, 2014


McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Granite boulders on Jane Rau Trail

Thank you, Jane Rau. We are all enjoying the results of your passion for land conservation.  As one of the original mavericks behind the McDowell Sonoran Land Conservancy, Ms. Rau's steady determination to preserve the pristine Sonoran Desert around Scottsdale spans decades and continues to this day. Shepherding this ambitious dream into reality was no walk in the park, but Jane and battalions of volunteers like her, persevered so that we hikers can, well, take a walk in the park. A barrier-free tribute trail to this tenacious mover-and-shaker loops through a delightful wash area in the Brown's Ranch parcel of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Wide, flat and adorned with interpretive signs and Palo Verde shaded benches, the trail was dedicated on March 22, 2014 making it the Valley's newest destination for effortless walks with strollers, wheelchairs, antsy kids and hiking enthusiasts of all ages and ability levels.

Abundant blooming plants on the trail

Interpretive signs embellish the trail 

LENGTH: 0.5-mile loop
RATING: easy, barrier free
ELEVATION: 2710' - 2747'
HOURS: dawn to dusk daily
RULES: no bikes or horses, leashed dogs are allowed
Brown's Ranch Trailhead: 30301 N. Alma School Pkwy, Scottsdale.
From Loop 101 in Scottsdale, take the Pima/Princess exit 36. Go 6.5 miles north on Pima to Dynamite, turn right and continue 2.7 miles to Alma School.  Turn left and go 1 mile to the trailhead. There’s restrooms, water and maps at the trailhead.  There are no fees, but voluntary donations can be made online:
INFO & MAPS: McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
City of Scottsdale:

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