Citizen Hiker

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Today, we’re fixing a rut in some ‘liquid earth’ on the Tom’s Thumb trail,” says Leona Weinstein, master steward for the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, on a crisp February morning. “The high-maintenance, decomposed granite substrate found in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve is very vulnerable to erosion, especially after winter storms and monsoon rains.” As one of the leading volunteer organizations in the nation, the conservancy seeks to preserve and advance natural open space through science, education...

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Hikers trekking along the banks of Oak Creek in the Crescent Moon Ranch and picnic site about 7 miles south of Sedona are treated to some of the most photographed scenes in the Southwest. The Coconino National Forest property is located near iconic Cathedral Rock and encompasses the historical ranch site with its famous water wheel. First established in the late 1800s, the ranch went through several owners and iterations before being purchased by the...

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