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Golden Eagle Loop - Fountain HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2014
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking10.30 Miles 1,642 AEG
Hiking10.30 Miles   4 Hrs   31 Mns   2.70 mph
1,642 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
Ironically, I did this lasso loop two years ago plus one day. It’s a great, easy hike on good trails, and has just enough AEG to keep it interesting. You get a glimpse of a mine, a constant view of almost all the McDowell Mountain Range, and you go by an old cattle watering hole complete with corrals, water tanks, spring boxes and a windmill.
I did the loop-portion clockwise this time and got rid of most of the AEG within the first 3 miles.

The track is comprised of six named trails and a small portion of the Thompson Pk Road (twice). Once off the Dixie Mine Trail, you just make right turns at every trail intersection and soon you’ll be right back on the Dixie Mine Tr for the return to the TH. Basically, you‘re ‘circling’ the mountain that the Dixie Mine is in (Pk 3025). I imagine the valley between Pk 3025, and East End Pk was once full of cattle, since ranchers went to great lengths to build the corrals, windmill and water storage.

Again, this is a nice hike, on good trails, and it’s a short drive from the Phoenix area.
All good things. :)
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