In March the desert explodes with wildflowers and the best place I've found to enjoy them is at Granite Mountain in N.Scottsdale.
Join us as we hike the perimeter of Granite Mountain to see desert poppies, lupine, Mohave Aster and many more varieties. The views and wild life in this area are equally spectacular. The hike is easy and relatively flat with minimal altitude climb. However, it is a 5-6 mile hike, can be very warm, and offers no water or restroom facilities so please come prepared.
Granite Mountain is the farthest mountain north and east in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and is part of Brown's Ranch. The trail head address is:
31402 N. 136th Street, Scottsdale, AZ . Directions: Take the 101 Loop and exit at N. PIMA or N. Scottsdale Road. On either road head north (turning left off the exit.) Turn right onto E Thompson Peak Parkway. At N. Pima Road go left. Take N. Pima all the way north to E. Dynamite Blvd. Go right onto E Dynamite Blvd. and take until 136th Street. Turn left onto 136th street. The parking lot to Granite Mountain is a mile or so down the road on the left and is marked.
We'll lunch or brunch at The Living Room at DC Ranch in N. Scottsdale. They have an outdoor patio that allows dogs so please feel free to bring your friendly pooch if he/she can manage the hike. Coming from the hike, make a left from N. Pima onto E. Thompson Peak Parkway and then make the first right into DC Ranch onto N. 90th Place. The address is 20751 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255.
Here's the main menu: https://www.livingroomwinebar.com/file/2015/12/TLR-Chandler-menu-10-15-17.pdf
Here's the Brunch and Bubbles Menu: https://www.livingroomwinebar.com/file/2015/12/brunch_bubbles.pdf