Scottsdale Desert Classic Hiking Adventure

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Scottsdale Classic Hiking Adventure in the Sonoran Desert
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Experience the best of Scottsdale on a classic hike through the beautiful McDowell Sonoran Preserve. We'll customize your hike to your preferences, discuss the geology, plants, and plants of the Sonoran Desert, and enjoy trailside snacks and beverages at a beautiful lookout. You'll meet your guide from Mad Desert Trekking at the trailhead, who has everything you need for your hike. We guarantee a safe, enjoyable, and memorable experience in the unforgettable expanses of theSonoran Desert.
  • All skill levels are welcome
  • Led by a local, certified guide from Mad Desert Trekking
  • Learn about the nature of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve
  • Enjoy trail snacks, beverages, and incredible views at a trail viewpoint

What's Included

  • Backpacks
  • Cold beverages following the hiking adventure
  • Sunscreen
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Soda/Pop
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Gateway Trailhead - McDowell Sonoran Preserve
    18333 N Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, USA

    Your Mad Desert Trekking guide will meet you at Gateway Trailhead, 18333 N. Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85255 in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Uber and Lyft will conveniently offer drop-off service to the Starbucks.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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I hiked with Liz and she was a wonderful guide. We were clippin at such a good pace for our 5 mile hike. We discussed everything from reality tv to cheeseburgers and she had a lot of knowledge about the wildlife in the area.


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Sonoran Desert hike with a great guide
Natalia_P, Mar 2024
Had a wonderful 7km hike with an amazing guide Jay around the Sonoran Desert. We were a small group of 3 friends and learned so much from Jay about different types of cactus 🌵 and what the nature had to offer. Really enjoyed the experience and felt very much in good hands and well reminded to hydrate. Lived how Jay had a bag of healthy and nutritious snacks for us, such a lovely touch 👍🏼 highly recommend!
Desert Hike
Linda_A, Mar 2024
Derek was a great tour guide. He was so knowledgeable and it was nice having him to ourselves on the hike.
Awesome guided walk - ask for Jay!
Honey_C, Mar 2024
What a memorable day out! Jay our guide was awesome - super organised, starting with texts and emails confirming meeting place and time, to greeting us with iced bottles of water, back packs and a snack bag of treats. He is super knowledgable and through the guided walk told us about the history and environment. It was super fun and lots of great photos to capture the memories.
Liz was awesome
Rachel_G, Feb 2024
I hiked with Liz and she was a wonderful guide. We were clippin at such a good pace for our 5 mile hike. We discussed everything from reality tv to cheeseburgers and she had a lot of knowledge about the wildlife in the area.
Excellent experience
Amy_W, Jan 2024
Tour guide Jay was excellent. We owe our great experience to his knowledge and expertise. He went above and beyond. He was very communicative throughout the whole process. We knew what to expect and he wanted to know about what we wanted so he could cater the hike to us.
Amazing hike, great guides!
Joanne_J, Nov 2023
Our tour guides Henry and Jay were fun, helpful, and made the experience really enjoyable! We completed the loop, the views were beautiful, and our guides told us fun facts about the desert we were climbing in.
Jay was a wonderful guide!
Natasha_S, Nov 2023
Great descriptions of plants and nature. Jay was so kind as to give us a lift to the hotel because Ubers were very unreliable.
Laurel Rocks!
Monika_m, Mar 2023
Laurel was an amazing tour guide. She has a great personality and made my daughter and I feel like we’ve known her for years. She was super knowledgeable about the different types of cactus and plants and pointed out different points of view. She was super easy to get to get to know and we had a great afternoon with her on our hike. Highly recommend Laurel!
Awesome experience
Christy_T, Mar 2023
Awesome experience! Michael was a fantastic guide- very friendly and knowledgeable about the desert plants and animals. Would definitely recommend this to anyone!
Great guide
Dana_U, Mar 2023
Great hike with a super knowledgeable and experienced guide who went out of his way to make it a fun experience. Provided everything we needed and customized the experience to us.
Very scenic hike. Not too strenuous
Alex_K, Jan 2023
Jennifer was very informative and upbeat. The scenery was magnificent. The hike was on moderate terrain. Easy to navigate
WONDERFUL experience, highly recommend!
Julie_D, Apr 2022
I had never been to Arizona before so wanted to experience a hike with a professional guide. Upon booking, Matt had reached out to me the week of to confirm and provide all details of what to expect. He also went above and beyond, providing me a massive list of suggestions / recommendations for things to do in the area while I was in Arizona including restaurants, bars, other activities. The actual tour, my friend and I had a wonderful experience with Jennifer as our guide. She was knowledgeable and provided fun facts along the hike. She went at a great pace and was so fun to hike with! I would highly recommend this trip to anyone looking for a fun / active thing to do with experienced guides.
Best Hike with Mad Desert Trekking
Penelope_C, Dec 2021
Viator was great with scheduling our 1st Hike in Scottsdale, all of my questions were answered with patience in an effort to find the best fit for our skill level. Matt at Mad Desert Trekking is an Amazing Guide! He made the hike fun and informational, he brought everything needed for a hike (bottled water, granola, snacks & backpacks) he even brought Apple Cider Sparkle to toast our anniversary!
Matt was an excellent...
April_H, Oct 2021
Matt was an excellent guide and provided a fun hiking experience! Would definitely recommend using his company!
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