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Desert Tortoise Trail - Sonoran Preserve, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
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Distance One Way 1.11 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,728 feet
Elevation Gain 53 feet
Accumulated Gain 131 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 1.55
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4  2018-07-06
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran Preserve
6  2018-03-04
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran Preserve
5  2017-12-26
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran Preserve
4  2017-10-10
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran Preserve
6  2017-09-26
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran Preserve
9  2017-05-18
Union Peak Trail - Sonoran Preserve
7  2017-05-07
Great Horned Owl Trail - Sonoran Preserve
14  2017-03-02
Union Peak Loop-West
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Feb, Jan
Sun  7:10am - 6:15pm
Official Route
32 Alternative
Nearby Area Water
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran Preserve
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran Preserve
0.1 mi away
3.8 mi
612 ft
Union Hills Loop
Union Hills Loop
0.2 mi away
5.8 mi
1,530 ft
Sonoran Preserve - Peak 2383
Sonoran Preserve - Peak 2383
0.2 mi away
8.1 mi
1,432 ft
Hawk's Nest Trail - Sonoran Preserve
0.2 mi away
0.5 mi
236 ft
Valle Verde Trail - Sonoran Preserve
Valle Verde Trail - Sonoran Preserve
0.5 mi away
1.3 mi
48 ft
Western Vista Trail - Sonoran Preserve
0.7 mi away
0.4 mi
255 ft
Dixie Summit Trail - Sonoran Preserve
0.8 mi away
0.3 mi
152 ft
Cactus Wren Trail - Sonoran Preserve
0.9 mi away
1.4 mi
114 ft
Great Horned Owl Trail - Sonoran Preserve
1.1 mi away
3.0 mi
463 ft
Union Peak Trail - Sonoran Preserve
Union Peak Trail - Sonoran Preserve
1.4 mi away
0.4 mi
265 ft
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Desert Tortoise Trail - Sonoran Preserve is a 1.11 mile one way hike with 131 feet accumulated elevation gain. Located 13 miles north-northeast of Glendale Arizona. The trailhead is car accessible. March and November are the best months to enjoy this hike.

This trail begins .25 miles from the Desert Vista Trailhead via Hawk's Nest Trail. The trail can be used as the southern leg of a 2.3 mile loop by heading west to the Valle Vista Trail, turning north on Valle Vista Trail then heading east on the Dixie Mountain Loop back to the end of Hawk's Nest Trail which returns to the trailhead.

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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To Desert Vista Trailhead
From I-17 and Jomax Rd, take Jomax to it's east end. Turn left on North Valley Pkwy, right on Copperhead Trail, left on Melvern Trail, and right on Desert Vista Trail to go behind the neighborhood community center. Desert Vista dead ends at the trailhead parking lot. Studying a map before you go is recommended as the trailhead is somewhat hidden in the neighborhood.

Address: 1901 W Desert Vista Trail, Phoenix

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 29.4 mi, 34 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 134 mi, 2 hours 4 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 122 mi, 1 hour 54 mins
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