Know Before You Go!


Thank you for choosing to visit Arizona and WELCOME to the Sonoran Desert and The Walking Connection.


Please click here to access the final details of your upcoming hike with us at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve

[PDF]. You can click here to access the original information we published about your hike.


We have a fantastic day set up for your adventure. Here are a few images from my last hike on this trail.















Please plan to be on the trail for 4-6 hours, and though the trailhead is only a short distance away, plan for the adventure to take up most of your day. 


For the James Umlah Group, Gene Taylor will be your primary contact throughout your adventure. His mobile is good for voice, text, WhatsApp: +1 602.451.9086. His email is If you have any questions or concerns about gear, training or the actual hike, please contact him directly.


Once you read through the Know Before You Go, please tell or ask us anything you would like to know.


Safe travels to the Valley and we'll see you soon.



Healthiest Regards,


Gene Taylor

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