Greetings, my fellow hikers! Today I am going to be taking you to the central region of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale, Arizona, where you're going to find some extraordinary views while enjoying a very fun hike.
Hi, I'm Brice, president of Vaucluse Gear, where we love to sweat less and explore more. We are exploring a very straightforward hike, where the elevation gain is just under 300 feet. So if you're looking for an easy hike with perfect views of the desert, this hike is for you.
Let's dive in.
Hiking Review - Whiskey Trail, Black Hill Trail, and Power Line Trail
We are in the Mcdonald's Sonoran Preserve, north of Phoenix and just outside of Scottsdale, where you can get access – very quickly – to a choice of fun and easy trailheads and start hiking. I started at the Frail Field Mountain Trailhead (which you'll be able to see in my show notes, where I’ve provided links for how to get to this trailhead and how to find different trails.
I took three trails from this trailhead.
The first was the Whiskey Bottle Trail that walks you around the side of Frail Field Mountain (which has an elevation gain of 3,048 feet). I do believe there is a trail that walks you to the top, however, I just went around. I wanted something simple to do today and (oops, my apologies) I accidentally paused part of the hike on my AllTrails app. So if you want to see what's not included in this Alltrails map, you can jump over to my Strava account. That link is also below.
The second trail was Power Line Road and this is straight and easy, as it follows the power lines. It does go slightly up and down in elevation, and you are going to encounter other types of outdoor activities. Like horseback riding, which I got to see while hiking! I do think that other outdoor vehicles, like trucks and 4x4’s take this trail as well.
The third trail was the Black Hill Trail and this your basic hiking trail: flat with a few bends. If you don't want to “think” while hiking and just want to put one foot in front of the other, this is a great trail. You just hike and get great views of the desert.
Overall, my total distance hiked was 6.63 miles, with an elevation gain of 281 feet, and the total time spent was two hours and 24 minutes. We covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time since it was mostly flat, and the temperature started around 43ºF and sent up to 56ºF with sunny skies, as always in Arizona.
Here are the hiking stats: