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Dixie Mountain Loop

Intermediate
 4.2 (10)

A nice rolling trail with wide views of Dove Valley.


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Map Key

4.0

Miles

6.4

KM

Loop

2,049' 625 m

High

1,653' 504 m

Low

556' 170 m

Up

552' 168 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Access via the Bobcat Trail lends itself to turning around at any point for a downhill return, or hike counter-clockwise to Dixie Summit as a good turnaround point if accessing via Hawk's Nest.

Description

There are two spots to access this loop trail, and thus two ways to hike this loop. This trail can be accessed from the end of the Bobcat Trail if you're coming south from the Sonoran Desert Drive Trailhead. Visitors can also access this loop from the Desert Vista Trailhead. The trail is described from the Desert Vista Trailhead.

This trail is well-marked. Visitors will start this loop on one side of the southern mountain and then loop around the side of the north mountain with beautiful views of Dove Valley. The trail is rolling and beautiful in either direction, but the ascents are a bit smaller if taken in the counter clockwise direction.

This loop also gives hikers access to two short summit trails to reach the tallest peaks in the Southern Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve. Be aware that the trail will became narrow in a few spots, but generally remains wide enough to safely pass other trail users.

The route is almost entirely exposed, so bring plenty of water and sun protection, especially if you'll be embarking during the hot summer months.

Flora & Fauna

Many prickly desert flora can be seen, such as cactus, cholla and yucca. Lizards, birds of prey and other desert fauna can also be seen.

Contacts

Shared By:

Rebekah Wilhelm with improvements by Jordan Furbish

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  4.2 from 10 votes

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#187

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Hot Air Balloons over the Dixie Mountain Loop trail
Jun 19, 2018 near Anthem, AZ

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May 12, 2020
Sydney Bouressa
4.6mi — 1h 19m
Apr 14, 2020
Sydney Bouressa
4.6mi — 1h 16m
Dec 11, 2019
Diane Dietrick
Nov 9, 2019
Candy Wampler
Nov 5, 2019
Candy Wampler
Oct 26, 2019
Sydney Bouressa
4.6mi — 1h 26m
May 27, 2019
Heidi Capriotti
Jan 4, 2019
billy robinson
my pedometer said 6+ mi, idk. popular! felt like sir edmund hillary at the summit, then passed grandmas and kids on their way up. humbling!