SCOTTSDALE, AZ — With all the snow and rain Arizona received last week, and over the weekend, a handful of hiking trails within the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale remained closed on Monday to give them more time to dry out.
The Tom's Thumb, Browns Ranch, Granite Mountain, Fraesfield and Pima/Dynamite trailheads were closed over the weekend and through Monday, said Kelly Corsette, communications and public affairs director with the City of Scottsdale. All neighborhood access points and trails north of the Deer Valley Road alignment were also closed, she said.
Browns Ranch, Granite Mountain and the Pima/Dynamite trailheads would reopen on Tuesday. Fraesfield Trailhead will open on weekends beginning March 2, the City said.
The Tom's Thumb trailhead would remain closed through at least Wednesday.
Online, the City of Scottsdale said the Preserve received more than seven inches of snow.
*UPDATE* @scottsdaleazgov has determined all northern trails will remain closed through Monday.— McDowell Sonoran (@McDowellSonoran) February 25, 2019
• Brown’s Ranch
• Granite Mountain
• Tom’s Thumb
• All neighborhood access points/trails north of Deer Valley
Despite the closures, other trailheads remain open: Gateway, Lost Dog, and Sunrise.
Pinnacle Peak, another popular hiking spot, was also open.
There’s a few disappointed hikers today after the city of Scottsdale temporarily closes several trails bc they’re too wet. People are being turned away at the popular Tom’s Thumb trailhead. Brown’s Ranch, Granite Mountain, Pima/Dynamite also closed. Trails should reopen tomorrow pic.twitter.com/60VJLfMa90— Justin Pazera (@justinpazera) February 25, 2019