Nature Loop Trail at Phoenix Mountain Preserve Review

Nine individuals met on November 26 to enjoy a hike on the Nature Trail, a 1.5 mile loop. Everyone agreed to hike an additional segment up to a saddle on the Freedom Trail for another 2 miles. The hike took about 2 hours with beautiful views of the mountains, desert flora, quartz outcroppings, and 4 red-tailed hawks were spotted.

At times only the desert was in view, no man-made structures. Afterward, 5 folks stayed for a picnic in one of the Ramadas. This hike nourished both our bodies and our souls with exercise and comradery.

Up Next: Nature Loop Trail at Cholla Mountain, Brown’s Ranch

Cholla Mountain Loop Brown’s Ranch located at 30301 Alma School Road Scottsdale. We’ll meet at Brown’s Ranch at the Ramada; restrooms available. Plan on arriving around 8:30 as the hike starts at 8:45 promptly.

Cholla Mountain loop is a popular area for hiking; expect to see other hikers, dogs, and mountain bikers on the trail. The trail is relatively easy with a 472 ft elevation change. The complete loop around Cholla is 7.1 miles. For those wanting a shorter hike, Cathedral Rock, which we will pass on our way to the Cholla loop, is 5.2 miles round trip. 

Don’t forget lots of water, a snack with salt, sugar and protein, hat, sunscreen and basic first aid. Do eat before the hike! 

Directions: From the 101, take the Pima/Princess exit and turn north on Pima Road. Continue north to Dynamite Road and turn right (east). Turn left (north) on Alma School and take Alma school all the way to the trailhead. If you need a ride or want to carpool, send a message to the Outdoor Group email and efforts will be made to assist you. For additional information email:

Need contact info for this hike? Check out the hike flyer for details.

Also please check the calendar. If there is an open date and you would like to lead a hike, please send an email to with the date and location of the hike to be added to the calendar.