Meet at the Brown’s Ranch Trailhead and hike to the mountain top for the most beautiful 360 degree views!
Cathedral Rock in McDowell Sonoran Preserve, part of Browns Ranch, is a collection of tilted monoliths and jumbled grottoes.
Although the collection of tilted monoliths an jumbled grottoes doesn’t look like much from a distance, up close, the site reveals chapel-like windows, crags and a set of metates (grinding holes) used by ancient inhabitants of the area. Once done ogling and exploring, we will understand why the Preserve protects over 30,000 acres of indigenous plants, sensitive habitats, historic artifacts and spectacular geology. The timeline of this area and its history are fascinating. Please join Peg Moss and Tammy Teegardin on this fun fitness hike.
***CHANGE of trails (although, same Trailhead) originally listed on hike flier. See details above
- Difficulty- moderate
- Length- 5.5 miles
- Elevation gain: 289′
Desert Awareness Hikes are the 3rd Monday of every month. Be sure to bring MASK, hat, sunscreen, hiking poles, sturdy hiking boots, plenty of water, snacks, smile and be ready to have fun!