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More to explore in Scottsdale’s northern preserve; celebrate new lands, trailheads and trails Oct. 19


 
  Oct. 4, 2013

  Contact: Mike Phillips, public affairs manager, 480-312-7825

  More to explore in Scottsdale’s northern preserve;
  celebrate new lands, trailheads and trails Oct. 19

There’s more to explore this fall in the northern regions of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

To celebrate those additions, the public is invited to a free, family-friendly event from 8 to 11 a.m. Oct. 19 at one of the preserve’s new jewels – the Brown’s Ranch Trailhead.

The trailhead is located on Alma School Parkway about a mile-and-a-quarter north of Dynamite Boulevard. Because of event parking limitations, attendees of the Oct. 19 celebration will need to take a shuttle to the trailhead from Pinnacle Peak Patio, 10426 E. Jomax Road.

Shuttles will operate between the two locations every five minutes from 7:30 a.m. until noon.

Wildlife exhibits, interpretive hikes, equestrian demonstrations and a mountain bike ride around Brown's Mountain are just some of the activities planned during the celebration.

Featured speakers include Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane, state and local dignitaries and college instructor Kristen Jaskie, who began collecting funds for the preserve in 1991 as a 13-year-old student at Scottsdale’s Mountainside Middle School.

Jaskie will reflect on those efforts on the doorstep of what they eventually achieved – a preserve stretching across more than 27,000 acres of remarkable Sonoran Desert in the heart of Scottsdale.

The Brown’s Ranch trailhead opened in late spring and is a main entryway into the preserve’s unique northern areas. It features parking for 200 vehicles, plus an additional 24 spots for horse trailers.

Drinking water, restrooms, an educational area and amphitheater are located at the trailhead, as is the soon-to-be-opened Jane Rau Interpretive Trail.

The trailhead and its network of new and refurbished trails provide access to the scenic Sonoran Desert and such diverse landmarks as Balanced Rock and Brown’s, Granite and Cone mountains.

Scottsdale acquired many of these areas, encompassing roughly 6,000 acres, during the past few years. Another new preserve addition, the Granite Mountain Trailhead, is located at 136th Street and Lone Mountain Parkway. There is parking and easy access to the Granite Mountain Loop Trail, but the site has no water or restrooms.

An overview of the Brown’s Ranch Trailhead and the northern preserve lands is available through a new video produced by the city. 

Learn more about the preserve, its history and plans for the future.
 
October is McDowell Sonoran Preserve Month. Dozens of events and activities are planned during the month. For a complete list, visit the website of the non-profit McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.