Most north Scottsdale trails to reopen Tuesday, Feb. 26

Trails in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in north Scottsdale are planned to re-open on Tuesday. (File photo)

With elevated moisture levels on the trails in the north area of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, the trails in that area will remain closed for one more day so they can dry out.

Tom’s Thumb Trailhead and its trails may need to remain closed longer and the city of Scottsdale is expected to release an update on the area, according to a press release.

Here is the full list of trail closures:

The city of Scottsdale has closed the following trailheads and trails through Monday:​

  • Tom’s Thumb Trailhead – will update closure status Monday afternoon​;
  • Browns Ranch Trailhead – will reopen Tuesday morning​;
  • Granite Mountain Trailhead – will reopen Tuesday morning;
  • Fraesfield Trailhead – will reopen Tuesday morning​;
  • Pima/Dynamite Trailhead – will reopen Tuesday morning​;
  • And all neighborhood access points and trails north of Deer Valley road alignment.​

The moisture level on the trails in this area remain saturated and the city is therefore keeping these areas closed on Monday to allow time for the trails to dry out appropriately, the press release stated.

Trailheads are planned to reopen at regular hours on Tuesday Feb. 26.​

Tom’s Thumb Trailhead will be evaluated to determine if that area can reopen Tuesday or if it will require further time to dry out.

Trailheads remaining open in the southern area of the Preserve include:​

  • Gateway Trailhead​
  • Lost dog Trailhead​
  • Sunrise Trailhead​

Additionally, Pinnacle Peak Park remains open.​

“A reminder for all Preserve users in the south and when we reopen the northern areas of the Preserve next week, is to be respectful of the trails beneath them,” Scottsdale Spokesperson Kelly Corsette said in a prepared statement.

“Wet and muddy trails are vulnerable to damage from boots, hooves, and tires. There’s no definitive rule on when it’s “OK” to hit the trails again, but a good rule of thumb is if you are leaving tracks, it’s still too wet. Stop and turn around. The City of Scottsdale appreciates your cooperation and continued support of the Preserve.”

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