Trail Blazers Program
The Trailblazers develop and maintain hiking and nature trails in the
Preserve. A number of people have been trained and have gained considerable
experience in trail building. The program is generally active from October
through April. Click here for contact information.
Our first trail building exercise was building the Town Overlook Trail which
leads from the future trailhead parking area approximately 0.4 miles to a great
overlook to the east. The view from the overlook includes the Town of Fountain
Hills and runs from Mesa on the south to McDowell Mountain Park and beyond on
the north. In this first trail building project we were greatly helped by the
Volunteers for Outdoor Arizona (VOAZ) in laying out and building the trail.
In April 2006 we completed the Western Loop trail. This newest trail is
2.2 mile long and climbs over 600 feet in the McDowell Mountains to top out at
3,085 feet. There are fantastic views in all directions. From this point you
are able to recognize the taller buildings along Central Ave. in Phoenix as well
as areas in Mesa, Scottsdale and all the green agricultural fields along the
Verde River as it passes through the Fort McDowell reservation. Two short spur
trails lead to overlooks. The trail continues over the ridge and back down to the
"jeep road" on the other side. Hikers can then return to the trailhead along the
An Easy Overlook Trail has also been completed and the Trailblazers continue
to push completion of the North trail which is intended to access the Maricopa
County McDowell Mountain Park.
Since October, 2007 these dedicated workers have given 408 hours of hard manual
labor through very rocky soil to be within two hundred yards of the Maricopa County
McDowell Mountain Park boundary. This progress is significant in two ways; finishing
this trail completes all of the planned trail system for our Preserve. Also, this 4 foot
wide, multi use trail assures the Town will be in position to negotiate an
agreement for providing an entrance from the Preserve into the park. The park
management estimates they will be circulating a new master plan revision for
approval by Fall of 2008. With completion of the trails, Preserve Steward Mike
Bogner created a series of GPS maps covering each trail.
Click here to see the Trailblazers in action.
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