If you’ve been reading this blog for more than 15 seconds, you already know I’m a huge fan of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. We hikers have them to thank for preserving irreplaceable desert land on the outskirts of our suburbs and also for building a stunning network of trails for our enjoyment. And, the work continues with plans to expand recreational opportunities in the Brown’ Ranch area this year. Haven’t been there yet? Now is the perfect time. Spring wildflower season is here and the McDowell Mountains area’s rich biodiversity makes it a premier location for bloom spotting. May I suggest the Bell Pass and Gateway Loop Trails…..
As an extra incentive to draw visitors to the preserve, the Conservancy has launched its 2013 Focus on Conservation photo contest. This year’s categories are biodiversity, sustainability, families and fitness. So grab your camera and submit your best shot for a chance to be featured in an online gallery.
Whether you head out on your own or as part of one of the organization’s guided hikes, it’s a great way to get to know all about this North Valley jewel of a hiking destination.
Bio: Serial blogger, manic hiker and “mom” to a dozen adopted dogs, Mare Czinar has been exploring Arizona trails for more than 20 years. After being led astray (or just plain confused) by outdated hiking books and online resources (hence the tagline: We got lost, so you don’t have to), Czinar sought to create a fully vetted, frequently updated online hike travelogue with current driving and hiking directions to spare fellow hikers the mental and physical wear-and-tear of aimless wandering.
In addition, blog entries are amended when road closures or wildfires restrict trail access. When not working, blogging, writing about the great outdoors or picking up dog poo, Czinar attempts to “stay found” while checking out new trails.