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Dixie Mine Trail - MMRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2013
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking5.70 Miles 835 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles   3 Hrs   46 Mns   2.34 mph
835 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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Dixie Mine Trail is an excellent hike for anyone who has never hiked before, or at least hasn't hiked very much. It's only about 5 miles long (out and back), and very flat and forgiving, with the added bonus of viewing a bit of Arizona mining history, and also getting a glimpse of some petroglyphs.

I took some friends on this hike and they enjoyed it very much. They're thinking of getting into geocaching, so we did a bit of that on the trail also.

Most hikers just "tour" the Dixie Mine while atop the tailings, at the grate-covered vertical shaft above the mine. We however, continued exploring by going down into the very lush wash below, viewing the actual horizontal entrance to the mine. A very large sign is at the horizontal entrance, including an excellent map of the inner portion of the mine. The horizontal entrance is gated and locked, to prevent people from getting hurt inside its more than 200 foot long, partially water filled shaft system.
Other exploratory horizontal shafts are in the wash also and are not gated, since they only go into the mountain about 20 feet or so.

Further up the wash are some petroglyphs. I know nothing of petroglyphs, but I'm rather suspect about these. Maybe some of them are authentic and maybe some of them have been "added to" in recent years. I have no idea.

I know this couple had a great time on the hike, and I hope they now continue exploring the Arizona outdoors with their own hiking excursions.
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