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Great Horned Owl Trail - Sonoran Preserve, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Loop 3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,804 feet
Elevation Gain 204 feet
Accumulated Gain 463 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 4.54
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Feb, Jan
Sun  7:30am - 5:51pm
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32 Alternative
Nearby Area Water
Cactus Wren Trail - Sonoran Preserve
0.2 mi away
1.4 mi
114 ft
Union Peak Trail - Sonoran Preserve
Union Peak Trail - Sonoran Preserve
0.4 mi away
0.4 mi
265 ft
Valle Verde Trail - Sonoran Preserve
Valle Verde Trail - Sonoran Preserve
1.0 mi away
1.3 mi
48 ft
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran Preserve
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran Preserve
1.1 mi away
3.8 mi
612 ft
Desert Tortoise Trail - Sonoran Preserve
1.1 mi away
1.1 mi
131 ft
Sonoran Preserve - Peak 2383
Sonoran Preserve - Peak 2383
1.2 mi away
8.1 mi
1,432 ft
Union Hills Loop
Union Hills Loop
1.2 mi away
5.8 mi
1,530 ft
Hawk's Nest Trail - Sonoran Preserve
1.2 mi away
0.5 mi
236 ft
Dixie Summit Trail - Sonoran Preserve
1.2 mi away
0.3 mi
152 ft
Western Vista Trail - Sonoran Preserve
1.5 mi away
0.4 mi
255 ft
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Great Horned Owl Trail - Sonoran Preserve is a 3 mile one way loop hike with 463 feet accumulated elevation gain. Located 12 miles west-northwest of Scottsdale Arizona. The trailhead is car accessible. March and November are the best months to enjoy this hike.

This Loop Trail is accessible from the Desert Vista Trailhead. It crests a saddle of the Union Hills where it provides access to Union Summit Trail, connects with the eastern end of the Cactus Wren Trail and then loops back around the southern edge of the preserve and rejoins itself after 3.1 miles.

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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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