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Dixie Mine TH Wander, AZ
mini location map2019-01-02
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Dixie Mine TH Wander, AZ 
Dixie Mine TH Wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking10.30 Miles 2,200 AEG
Hiking10.30 Miles   4 Hrs   3 Mns   2.93 mph
2,200 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
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This was an exercise hike that started and ended at the Dixie Mine TH in Fountain Hills.

Starting at the parking lot at the Eagle's Nest subdivision, you go about 0.6 miles through the subdivision until you come to the entrance of the McDowell Mountain Regional Park. From there I took the Dixie Mine Trail to the Sonoran Trail, and continued on the Sonoran Trail to the entrance of the Fountain Hills McDowell Mountain Preserve. At this point the Sonoran Trail continues to the right and the Lower Sonoran Trail goes off to the left. I took the Sonoran Trail for about 2 miles until it ended at the junction with the Lower Sonoran Trail and the Promenade Trail. I took the Promenade Trail for a short distance, and then took the Western Loop Trail off to the right. The Western Loop Trail is a bit steep, and gives you the best workout on the hike. I continued on the Western Loop Trail past the Andrews-Kinsey Trail and on to the Promenade Trail. Once on the Promenade Trail, I took a short diversion to the new Adero Canyon TH. Once I got back to the Promenade Trail, I took it to the Lower Sonoran Trail and once I go to the junction with the Sonoran Trail, I retraced my steps back to the parking lot.

The hike had some decent views of the McDowells, as well as 4 Peaks and the Supes off to the east. It was cool seeing the snow on 4 Peaks and the Supes.

I had been curious about the new Adero Canyon TH, especially since it had a $2 million price tag. It had a nice paved parking lot for probably 3 dozen cars; there were only 7 cars in the lot on this afternoon. For $2 million, I figured that it had restrooms with gold plated toilet seats; however, to my surprise, the only restrooms were port-a-potties. There is a building at the TH, and I believe there will eventually be restrooms there. About half of the trailhead building was used as a storage area for wire cages with rocks in them. Amazingly, there was a roof over the rocks. I am not sure why the caged rocks were there, and I sure don't know why you would need to build a roof over the caged rocks. But I guess that if you give soviet-style economic central planners $2 million to spend for a trailhead, a good way to waste some of the money is to build a roof over a pile of rocks.

The Adero Canyon TH will provide access to the Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve -- I estimate that it is about 5.5 miles or so from the Adero Canyon TH to the Lost Dog Wash TH.

There is nothing really noteworthy about this hike, although it isn't a terrible hike, and it sure beats getting a sharp stick in the eye.
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