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    Posted by at March 21st
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    McDOWELL SONORAN PRESERVE WILDFLOWER WALK


    Ever wish you knew a little more about the colorful springtime blooms that pop up all over the Valley? Then, join wildflower experts Marianne Jensen and Steve Jones this Sunday for an educational walkabout in the foothills of Scottsdale’s McDowell Mountains.  In addition to learning a thing or two, the weather should be perfect and you’ll get in a good hike.
    WHEN:  Sunday, March 24, 2013
    TIME: 7:45 a.m.
    WHERE: Tom’s Thumb trailhead–directions below.
    LENGTH: 3 miles
    RATING: moderate, appropriate for ages 10 and older
    ELEVATION: 2800′ – 2950′
    GETTING THERE:

    Tom’s Thumb Trailhead:
    From the loop 101 in Scottsdale, take the Pima/Princess Road exit 36 and continue 5 miles north on Pima to Happy Valley Road.  Turn right (east) and go 4.1 miles on Happy Valley to Ranch Gate. Turn right on Ranch Gate, follow it 1.2 miles then turn right onto 128th St. and continue 1 mile on 128th to the signed trailhead. Roads are paved all the way.

    INFO:
    http://mcdowellsonoran.org/event/displayEvent/297#sthash.DJygPv3H.xHnEvfDF.dpbs


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    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 After being led astray (or just plain confused) by outdated hiking books and online resources (hence the tagline: We got lost, so you don’t have to), Czinar sought to create a fully vetted, frequently updated online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.


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