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Sonoran Trail - MMRP, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,161 feet
Elevation Gain 373 feet
Accumulated Gain 808 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.39
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Pk. 3804
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Author BiFrost
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Trips 795 map ( 9,325 miles )
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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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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Pk. 3804
Well, I finally conquered the "Twin Peaks" located in the McDowell Mountains. This time I made it up PK. 3804 and surveyed the Scottsdale and Fountains Hills area from a different perspective! I always wondered about these two mountains and if anyone climbed them; I don't think many people get up here. I didn't think there would be a trail up this thing, but as faint as it was, I had a trail all the way up! Very steep though, and it rivals it's neighbor, Thompson Peak for steepness. But there's a smooth road for that one! The skies were clear today and I could see downtown Phx. and Scottsdale very well. Looking out to the East, I could see Weaver's Needle and The Flatiron easily, as well as Four Peaks and Mazatzals. Even Mt. Ord. Very pretty desert hike today! 8)
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Wade and I set out to hike Thompson Peak -- a good training hike for our near future Flatiron and Grand Canyon hikes. But, the trail was closed due to construction (for a new antennae, I assume) on top of the peak. One hard-working helicopter made hundreds of trips back and forth carrying buckets of concrete for laying a foundation. Saw a cement truck crawling along a dirt road to a location near the Dixie Mine where the construction crew worked. So, we took an unknown trail (to us and others on the trail) called the Sonoran Trail (which is not on Hike Arizona). The Sonoran Trail is part of the Fountain Hills McDowell Mountain Preserve. We hiked until we noticed it does not connect to any other trails that led back to the parking lot entrance but kept going west. We doubled back and enjoyed an easy hike today.
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The plan was to hike up Thompson Peak. Hit the trailhead only to find a sign that the trail was closed prior to the Dixie Mine. We'd seen a helicopter working out in the Preserve, but thought it must be a rescue in progress. Not so fast hiking-boot-breath. The helo was delivering buckets of wet concrete via a long line to the antennae farm atop Thompson. Seems the concrete mixer trucks couldn't make the climb to the top. And neither could we, today at least.

Turned west on the Sonoron Trail, which apparently isn't on HAZ. Just did an out and back. At least there were nice views of Four Peaks and the Supes.

Thompson will still be there next time.

Permit $$
Maricopa Regional Parks - Fees more info

$7 per vehicle,$85 annual or trade your first born for the life pass

$2 walk, bike or horse ride into park

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From Loop 101 and Shea Blvd head east on Shea Blvd for 7.8 miles. Then turn left on N Palisades Blvd and continue 1.6 miles. Turn left onto Sunridge Dr for 2.7 miles. Then turn left onto E Golden Eagle Blvd and conintue 0.5 miles. Turn left into the Dixie Mine Trail Head just before the guard station.
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