Heres the thing about hiking: Youre either a lone nut like us or a people person. For the latter, hiking doesnt get much better than the City of Scottsdales free Preserve Connections Hiking Tours of the northeast Valleys still largely restricted McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Or simpler. Or cheaper. After registering, just show up for the 8 a.m. check-in. From there, youll be bused to the Preserve and then taken on a guided trek by Certified Conservancy Stewards, whose insights are much more elegant than their titles. The trek is a challenging 4.5-miler on the Sunrise Trail for experienced hikers only.
Sun., Feb. 22, 8 a.m., 2009