If you’re buying a home for sale in Scottsdale’s DC Ranch, you’ll love being near a variety of great hiking trails. Some are easy strolls and others are a great workout (even at a moderate pace), which means you can get closer to nature no matter how you like to do it – and you’ll be able to take in amazing views along the way.
These are three of our favorite hiking trails in Scottsdale, in no particular order.
3 Must-Try Hiking Trails When You Live in DC Ranch
If you’re an avid hiker or you just like to get out and explore, you’ll love checking out these trails in Scottsdale. Each is just a short drive from DC Ranch.
Tom’s Thumb Trail
Tom’s Thumb Trail is a 4-mile roundtrip hike. When you reach the top, the reward is an amazing view of the southern McDowell Mountains and the city of Phoenix. Managed by the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, Tom’s Thumb Trail is a moderate hike that’s harder at the bottom than it is at the top. Most people can complete it in about 2 hours.
There are a few shady spots halfway up, but there’s no water along the trail or at the peak. Dogs are allowed, but they must be kept on-leash.
Distance: 4 miles
Elevation gain: 1,236 feet
Marcus Landslide Trail
The Marcus Landslide Trail is a 4.1-mile roundtrip hike. Throughout your journey, you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous wildflowers (seasonally, of course). There are plenty of signs along the way that describe what you’re seeing and how it got there; the path leads you through a landslide area that occurred about a half-million years ago. The first part of the trail is a relatively easy stroll, but in the final loop section, you gain a lot of elevation quickly.
Your reward: Great views of McDowell Mountain, Weaver’s Needle and Four Peaks. Dogs are allowed on Marcus Landslide Trail, but they must be on a leash.
Distance: 4.1 miles
Elevation gain: 518 feet
Granite Mountain Loop
While the Granite Mountain Loop is longer than the other two trails featured here – it’s 5.1 miles roundtrip – it’s also considered an “Easy” hike. There are a few shady spots for resting, great scenery and low elevation gain. With great rock formations and seasonal wildflowers, the Granite Mountain Loop is a must-do.
On-leash dogs are allowed on this loop trail.
Distance: 5.1 miles
Elevation gain: 400 feet
Are You Buying a Home for Sale in DC Ranch?
If you’re buying a home for sale in DC Ranch, you’ll love being so close to nature (and many more great trails).
Call us at 866-613-8356 or contact us online to talk about your options and tell us what you want from your next home. We’ll help you find it.
While you’re here, please explore homes for sale in these DC Ranch neighborhoods:
- Country Club Village homes for sale
- Desert Camp Village homes for sale
- Desert Parks Village homes for sale
- Silverleaf Village homes for sale