The Peaceful East
This is an unofficial trail, but is very well-traveled and maintained. It climbs to the top of Dixie Peak 2429 in the Phoenix Mountain Preserves, ascending the eastern ridge from the residential PV neighborhood accessed from Tatum and Mockingbird Lane.
This hike begins at the cul-de-sac of East White Lane in Paradise Valley. On-street parking is permitted during daylight hours only, but at the time of this writing, rarely will you find more than 2-3 cars parked, even on a busy weekend. The trail is not marked, but is easily found, ascending uphill directly from the cul-de-sac.
This one-mile trail is easy to follow, and features typical loose dirt and rock found elsewhere in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. The lower half is a moderate climb, before ascending more steeply through a series of switchbacks at the top.
This east ascent provides nice views of Mummy Mountain, Camelback, the McDowells and Four Peaks, as well as views of some impressive Paradise Valley homes and back yards. There are numerous veins of prominent white quartz rock along the route, providing for some more unique geological experiences than are typically found on other trails in the preserve. Additionally, there are a couple of dense thickets of teddy bear cholla that seem atypical for the preserve as well. While the trail goes through these thickets, the cholla never pose a threat to the hiker passing by. In addition to the cholla, ample ocotillo and barrel cactus will be encountered along the way, as well as creosote and desert wildflowers when in season.
This is a nice alternative to other trails in the preserve, especially if you are looking for a quieter, more peaceful experience void of many other hikers. (Note, you are more likely to encounter others on the peak itself, as many ascend the more popular trail from the west.)
You may return down the mountain by the same route for a simple 2-mile out-n-back, or you may continue on into the preserve for a longer hike by descending the more popular western route.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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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.