Fountain Hills Hiking Challenge

Disconnect from technology and join the Fountain Hills hiking challenge where you will gain physical fitness, mental well-being, explore new places, and connect with family, friends, and yourself through nature.

This challenge includes 5 hikes covering approximately 32 miles through the month of November. 

All registered participants will receive a commemorative Fountain Hills Hiking Challenge t-shirt. Complete all 5 hikes and enter to win a $50 gift card to Just Roughin' It.

The Hiking Challenge T-Shirts will be available for pick up beginning November 16th. T-shirts can be picked up at Town Hall Monday-Thursday 7:00 am-6:00 pm. Town Hall is located at 16705 E Avenue of the Fountains.

REGISTER HERE FOR THE HIKING CHALLENGE

Fountain Hills Hiking Challenge

1. Scenic Trail Loop- 4.2 miles, 300 ft elevation gain- easy to moderate

McDowell Mountain Regional Park- $7 entry fee

Start at the Trailhead Staging Area.  Follow the Pemberton Trail (PB) 0.8 miles to the Scenic Trail (SN).  Follow the Scenic Trail 3.4 miles back to the trailhead.

Extra Challenge -5.8 miles - 400 ft elevation gain - Moderate

Start at the Trailhead Staging Area.  Follow the Pemberton Trail (PB) 0.8 miles to the Scenic Trail (SN). Then do the following loop:  Scenic Trail to Cinch Trail (Cl) to Escondido Trail (ED) to Shallmo Wash Trail (SH) to Pemberton (PB) and back to the trailhead.

2. Sunrise Trail to Andrews Kinsey Trail-6.8 miles, 1100 ft elevation gain- moderate

Start at the Sunrise Trailhead at the east end of Via Linda in Scottsdale. Follow the Sunrise Trailhead to the Andrews-Kinsey Trail sign then return back to the trailhead. Parking at this trailhead is limited.

Extra Challenge- 6.8 miles - 1,100 ft elevation gain - Moderately Difficult to Difficult

Follow the instructions above, but in 1.8 miles take the trail to your left to Sunrise Peak and follow the trail from the peak back to the main Sunrise Trail.

3. Golden Eagle Trailhead to Dixie Mine- 5.4 miles, 700 ft elevation gain- moderate to difficult

Start at the Golden Eagle Trailhead at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd in Fountain Hills. Follow the marked sidewalk and signs to the entrance to McDowell Mountain Regional Park ($2.00 Fee Required).  Follow the Dixie Mine Trail to a road.  Turn right and go down a hill.  At the bottom of the hill, turn left on an unmarked trail that will take you a short way to the Dixie Mine.  Return the way you came.

4. Golden Eagle Trailhead to Preserve- 7.9 miles, 1500 ft elevation gain- moderate to difficult

Start at the Golden Eagle Trailhead at the end of Golden Eagle Trailhead in Fountain Hills. Follow the sidewalk markings and signs to the entrance to McDowell Mountain Regional Park ($2.00 Fee Required).  Follow the Dixie Mine trail for just over 1/2 mile, turn left on the Sonoran Trail, and follow past the entrance to the Fountain Hills McDowell Mountain Preserve.  Turn left on the Lower Sonoran Trail and follow it for 2.1 miles to the intersection with the Sonoran Trail and the Promenade Trail.  Follow the Sonoran trail back to the Dixie Mine Trail.  Turn right to return to the Golden Eagle Trailhead.

Easier Option:  Note that once you are on the Lower Sonoran Trail there are two crossovers to the Sonoran Trail which will enable you to shorten your hike.

Extra Challenge:  Once you have reached the Promenade Trail explore more of the Fountain Hills Preserve. Just remember you have to return the way you came!

5. Golden Eagle to Bell Pass- 8.0 miles, 1500 ft elevation gain, moderate to difficult

Start at the Golden Eagle Trailhead at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd in Fountain Hills. Follow the marked sidewalk and signs to the entrance to McDowell Mountain Regional Park ($2.00 Fee Required).  Follow the Dixie Mine Trail to a road. Turn left.  In .3 miles turn right on the Prospector Trail.  Follow it until it ends at the Bell Pass Trail.  Return the way you came.

Extra Challenge: 8.8 miles,  1775 elevation gain - Moderately Difficult to DifficultFollow the preceding instructions.  However, when you get to the Bell Pass Trail turn left.  The top of Bell Pass will be .4 miles up the trail!  Enjoy the view and return the way you came.