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Western Vista Trail - Sonoran Preserve, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
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Distance One Way 0.35 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,761 feet
Elevation Gain 255 feet
Accumulated Gain 255 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 1.2
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6  2018-09-23
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran Preserve
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1  2017-03-28 friendofThunderg
9  2017-01-13
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran Preserve
RowdyandMe
8  2016-11-22
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran Preserve
RowdyandMe
22  2016-02-10
Union Hills Loop
RowdyandMe
2  2016-02-07
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran Preserve
Droog
27  2016-01-03
Sonoran Preserve Loop 2 peaks
GlacialDrift
3  2015-12-28
Union Hills Loop
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Steep summit trail that provides a view from 2,026 feet that allows visibility to Deem Hills Recreation Area to the west across the I-17. The trail is quite steep.

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2011-12-21
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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 16 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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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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Well my brother wanted to go on another hike. So I decided on the Dixie Mountain Loop and again the baby Great Horned Owls were the highlight of this hike. I did notice that they were three young owls in the nest. We did see another bird fly out of her nest in a Cholla. So we checked it out and discovered another baby bird. I took a picture of it but did not touch it.
This was really nice hike. We meet about five or six groups of women hiking and they all complemented me how well Rowdy behaved. It was nice to hear after all he was not on a leash.
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It was a beautiful afternoon to hike this trail. Rowdy and I had a nice cool breeze during the entire hike. Of course it was a little windy on the two peaks.
I was surprised how busy the trails were this late in the afternoon. I did get to see the new baby Owls in their nest. This made my day.
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Got out this morning with my hiking buddy Julia for a jaunt in the southern portion of the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve to do the Dixie Mountain loop with a side of the Dixie summit and Western Vista trails. Got to see some familiar faces in the group of 20+ Trail Mix Meetup hikers heading off to Desert Tortoise trail. Great quick loop near home!

Wildflowers
Buck horn cholla just about in bloom! Palo Verdes were popping!
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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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Phoenix Sonoran Preserve Peaks
wanted a peak today, so john and i came up here to hike in the phoenix sonoran preserve
angela had suggested this area for some easy peaks
first time here, so the plan was to hit the three main peaks and some of the loops
nice area with many of the trails wide enough for two people
pretty windy today
saw some mountain bikers and a few hikers
ended up with a ten mile hike and 2000 feet aeg which was more than either of us expected
nice smooth switchbacks to each of the summits
i liked union peak the best with the little ridgeline
next time will do some of the trails from the apache wash trailhead
well worth a visit, and fun to see a new area
done early enough for some breakfast and football at the brass rail
classy place ;)
thanks for the hike, john

*john's haz tracks was .3 miles longer than my 60csx route
aeg was within 50 feet
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Saturday morning hike with Brittain and Dustin. Nice and cool when we started at 7:40, but started feeling warm quickly as the sun got higher and we were climbing. This one is always nice because of the areas between the hills where you can "forget" that you are so close to civilization. The Teddy Bear forest in the valley bottom is my favorite part. Hit both summits while we were out.
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Hadn't been to the Sonoran Preserve in a while. Me and my girlfriend did the Dixie Loop, hitting the Western Vista and Dixie summits along the way. Signed the little summit register which is in pretty bad shape on Dixie.

Still a little too warm when the sun was out, but intermittent cloud cover and some good winds kept it nice. Only saw about 8-10 people out there today. Nice to be on these trails again.

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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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