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Dixie Summit Trail - Sonoran Preserve, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance One Way 0.25 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,048 feet
Elevation Gain 147 feet
Accumulated Gain 152 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 0.76
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7  2019-05-02 RowdyandMe
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Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran Preserve
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Dixie Summit Trail is a steep summit trail that provides a view from 2,203 feet that provides panoramic views of all the peaks of the Phoenix preserve system including Camelback Mountain, North Mountain, Shaw Butte and Piestewa Peak among others.

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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.

Most recent of 24 deeper Triplog Reviews
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After five plus hours of driving to visit the Ancha on Saturday, we kept it simple and close to home on Sunday. The beautiful hiking weather made up for the stale scenery and the dogs certainly did mind the less than stellar hiking destinations. The trails were busy, but nothing to over whelming and plenty of friendly people out.
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Just a glorified dog walk with the pups. Nice temps and great late afternoon conditions. The trails were a little busy near the trailhead, but still a pleasant walk with the pups. We knocked out Dixie and Union "peaks" along the way, making our own variation of the Dixie Mountain Loop.
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Well this day did not start out well. Rowdy and I were heading to the McDowell Mountain to get in a hike and we hade nothing plan so I figured once we were there I would pick out hike. As we were passing underneath the 51 I had a blowout driver front tire.
My first mistake was trying to change tires. Those lug nuts are on so tight that I hurt my shoulder trying to get them lose. So I gave up and called roadside service which told it would be at least an hour. After it got change it was time to buy a new tire while we waited for that we just kind of checked out some shops along the way. And then on to REI check out a couple of Garmin and was surprised when I asked an employee where would I find men's hiking shorts and she pretty much said that they have hiking pants and only a couple of pair of shorts till next spring.

After that I took Rowdy over to Juan Jaimes for lunch and then home. We did get out a knocked off this short one which is better than nothing.
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We got a little earlier start today which was really nice. The cloud cover and breeze made it really nice out. We got a few sprinkles and we were hoping for more but it all faded away as the sun broke through the clouds.
We only met one other hiker on the trail so it was a really peaceful and enjoyable little hike.
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Circle Tank Loop
Last night I was trying to figure out where I was going to hike today. All my regular hiking partners were not available, so I was on my own. I was desperately searching Hike Arizona maps for some inspiration. I was checking out South Mountain, but nah. Maybe do a big loop out of Apache wash, nah. And then I saw Widowmaker's Circle Tank Loop and bang!, I was in! I've been dying to check out the arch dam and Circle Tank so transferred the track over to my GPS and I was ready to head out. Started up Hawk's Nest trail and stopped to take some pictures of the giant owl, who was hanging out in his nest. Next stop, Dixie Summit Trail for a great vantage point overlooking the valley. Out Bobcat a ways and then bushwacked my way east to Circle Tank. Followed an old jeep road south to Cave Creek Dam. Built in 1923, the dam is a barrel arch design, which is pretty cool stuff! From the dam I headed west on a combination of old jeep roads and bushwacking until I got on the eastern portion of the Great Horned Owl Trail. Follow this south to the unnamed trail that ascends the south face of Union Peak. This was the 12 mile mark for me, I had to decide if I had the energy to climb the super steep back side of Union Peak. Well, I'm right here, why not? There were two couples on top when I popped up out of no where, they looked confused. I said howdy and headed back to the parking lot, I was starving! Great loop. Perfect weather for a valley hike. I feel awesome!

Spring is here!
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What a beautiful day to get Rowdy back on the trails. It was pretty quiet as I did run into one small group of people that were on a guided hike.
I did see more types of wildflowers today and I did see but did not get a picture of my first snake of the year. It was a fast moving Patchnose snake.
And coming down the Hawk's Nest Trail a Great Horned Owl has move into the old nest.
It was a really nice hike just what Rowdy needed.
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The Union Hills
Ah, makeup hike for the week. Almost as good as makeup, well... you get the idea. ;) I had to get in something close to home, but I wanted some miles so this was my solution. I saw the track from the Eagle, I did that loop with a few modifications. Started out from the TH heading clockwise, I hit the Western Vista first, then over to Dixie for a little break. Surveyed the surrounding mountains, and watched some of the construction to the north. After a snack, I headed on over to Union Peak, I took the old jeep road up the east side, and then the short scramble over to the peak trail. Back on to the truck, saw a good two dozen hikers and 6 bikers all day, not too shabby. They are building a bathroom with water at the TH, should be pretty nice in a month or so.
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Slightly cooler today, so I wasn't ecstatic about the hike going in. Once I got out there though, it was PERFECT. A light drizzle, cool weather, desert smells. I elected to run/walk most of the hike and got around the whole South preserve. This was actually much nicer than I expected, and I like the flat areas with all the cholla. There were very few people most of the hike, but some bikes on Cactus Wren and some families near the Desert Vista trailhead trails.
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A little warm with calm wind today. Very few people out this afternoon; saw maybe five hikers total and zero mountain bikes. I didn't think the holiday would keep so many people away from the trails today :) :GB:
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Hit the trailhead at 8:10. I usually like this trail in the summer because it's entirely on the West face and shaded in early morning. I was too late today, getting shade only for about 5 mins albeit in the steepest area. I always love this hike for the runnable flat areas that lead to quite steep rocky conditions. I did have a bit of trouble with bees and tarantula hawks but I'm used to being their target. This is a top 5 valley hike in my opinion.

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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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