Hike starts in the McDowell Mountain Regional Park, crosses over and ends in Fountain Hills Preserve.
The Sonoran Trail traverses the eastern slopes of the McDowell's overlooking Fountain Hills and connects the Dixie Mine Trail with the Promenade Trail at the southern end. From Dixie Mine junction it climbs gradually gaining about 600 accumulated elevation gain in the first 1.5 miles. Eventually the trail tops out and begins traversing several drainages gaining and losing elevation as it continues south before connecting with Promenade Trail. Trail condition is immaculate by most standards and is typical of trails in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. In addition because the trail is on the Fountain Hills side there is far less hiking traffic than on the Gateway side making this short trail a pleasant hike.
Because the Sonoran Trail is accessed from Dixie Mine Trail hikers must first drive to the Dixie Mine Trail Head at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd (see trail head directions). Hike past the guard station from Dixie Mine Trail Head following the feather imprints on the sidewalk through the neighborhood that will lead you to the trail entrance. At the entrance there is a fee station. From there follow Dixie Mine Trail 0.6 miles to the signed junction with Sonoran Trail.
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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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