As the joint Phoenix-Paradise Valley improvements impressively conclude soon at Camelback Mountain’s Echo Canyon it sparks a new idea: hiking access to Paradise Valley’s Mummy Mountain.
Scottsdale is opening trailheads in its spectacular McDowell Sonoran Preserve daily, it seems. Demand for hikes in and around Paradise Valley at Piestewa Peak, Cholla Trail and Echo Canyon aren’t subsiding any time soon.
So why not think of ways to create public access to another town landmark? Clearly, such an endeavor would need to avoid the negative impacts other trailheads have and can cause for neighborhoods. But the small trailhead along Tatum heading north into Phoenix accessing that mountain preserve has never been a problem. And with Paradise Valley officials having already thought through creative solutions in dealing with Echo Canyon demand, such as shuttling from Town Hall, perhaps such an initiative could be non-intrusive. Perhaps. Or not. But it’s a notion worth looking at.