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Bobcat Trail - Sonoran Preserve, AZ

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Distance One Way 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 1,583 feet
Elevation Gain 79 feet
Accumulated Gain 86 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.29
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7  2018-11-26 RowdyandMe
5  2016-11-04 RowdyandMe
5  2016-10-09
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran Preserve
6  2016-05-30 RowdyandMe
4  2016-04-23
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran Preserve
7  2016-03-31 black_toes
22  2016-03-12
Circle Tank Loop
2  2016-03-01
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran Preserve
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An out and back hike of about 2 miles or serves as a connection to the Dixie Mountain Loop and the rest of the Sonoran Preserve trails system beyond. The trail begins at the eastern end of Sonoran Desert Drive, there is no designated parking available yet, only walk in access. The trail crosses two large washes, meanders along gently rolling hills before ending at the 2.25 mile post of the Dixie Mountain Loop.

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Bobcat Trail - Sonoran Preserve
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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!

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Bobcat Trail - Sonoran Preserve
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A really nice hike with Rowdy. There were a few more people out enjoying the weather.
We hike down Bobcat Trail as I was looking for another way to get to Circle Tank. Just a little over half way down Bobcat Trail, Rowdy stop to checkout a couple of coyotes and at that point I decided to turn back. And on the way back I startled a couple of Red Tailed Hawks.
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It was a nice cool afternoon for a hike. It started out with a few sprinkles but Rowdy wanted to go anyway so we did. I decided to do few side trails that I hadn't done yet. The trails weren't to busy by this time. I was waiting for the rain to hit us hard but it never did.
The views were great all day as the cloud cover moved around with some sun breaks. Just a beautiful day to be outside and enjoy the weather.
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Was called off from work today, due to the flooding rains last night. We received 1.30 here in North Phx in less than 30 minutes. What a blessed event 2" in two day's, boy did we need it. Hiked off trail up to Sonoran wash to watch it running, North Valley Pkwy was closed due to the water run off.

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Map Drive
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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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