Today, I'm going to be sharing a fantastic hike in Scottsdale, Arizona, just north of Phoenix. I'm also going to be sharing a very cool piece of Vaucluse equipment, the Ultralight Backpack Ventilation Frame, that helped keep my back cool and dry on this hike in very sunny weather out in the desert, so let’s dive in.
Hi, I'm Brice, the president of Vaucluse Backpack Ventilation Gear, where we love to sweat less and explore more. I've got a great hike that you can do out here in Scottsdale and a great piece of equipment that really helped in this warm and sunny weather. So let's dive in, and I'll show you where I went!
Hiking Review - Reach 11 Recreational Trail in Scottsdale, Arizona
Looking at the map, you see all my trails here (I’ll share these with you - see below), plus screenshots of the maps available from the Scottsdale, Arizona government website. I hiked the Trailhead Reach 11 Recreation Area Trail out in northern Scottsdale. Scottsdale is a northeast suburb of Phoenix but actually has a lot of outdoor activities. Many people think all Scottsdale is known for is spring baseball and golf, but there are many outdoor activities because Scottsdale is home to a 44,000-acre preserve called McDowell Sonoran Preserve. It's a permanently protected sustainable desert habitat, and if you're in Scottsdale, you can reach this preserve within 15 minutes and have a lot of space to go hiking.
The trailhead is at the intersection of Scottsdale Road and Princess Road, across the street from the Audi car dealership. I didn't go to the Preserve. I just stayed inside Scottsdale, where several short and long trails intersect. The main trail I took was called Ring Tail Loop, which follows the Arizona Canal. This canal is over 50 miles long and over 100 years old, and what's really cool is there are a lot of trails to the north and south and plenty to do around the canal, which is great. So regardless of where you live in Scottsdale, more than likely, the canal is near you. As for my hike, it was fun, flat, and had tree protection from the sun. The total length of the hike was just over five miles, and the elevation gain was 59 feet. So flat, fantastic, and very easy. Total time was just under two hours.
Now let's talk about the gear I took.