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Dixie Mine Lasso Loop, AZ
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Dixie Mine Lasso Loop, AZ 
Dixie Mine Lasso Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking11.80 Miles 2,090 AEG
Hiking11.80 Miles   4 Hrs   35 Mns   2.83 mph
2,090 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
After not hiking for 4 days due to the rainy weather, I decided to get out and do a hike close to home. This was a lasso loop hike that started and ended at the Dixie Mine TH in Fountain Hills. I did a CW lasso loop hike that went on several trails: Dixie Mine Trl>Thompson Peak Rd>Prospector Trl>Bell Pass Trl>Windmill Trl>Coachwhip Trl>Dixie Mine Trl

This hike went through 2 parks: the McDowell Mountain Regional Park (MMRP) and the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve (MSP). I had never been on the Coachwhip Trail and had only been on a small section of the Windmill Trail, but I had been on the other trails numerous times. The Windmill Trail and the Coachwhip Trail are typical of the trails in the MMRP: mostly flat and wide-open going through desert vegetation typical of the area.

I made a couple of out-and-back sidetrips on this hike: one went up to Bell Pass and the other went to the Dixie Mine and the nearby glyphs.

There weren't many people on the trails, which is one reason that I chose this area. I saw one mountain bike, 3-4 trail runners, and maybe a half dozen other hikers. The desert is really green right now, and there were some wildflowers blooming, which were nice to look at. There are some good views of the McDowell Mountains, and you can see the Supes and Mazzies off in the distance. This hike wasn't all that exciting, but if you are in the area it will give you a decent workout.
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The wildflower show this year is decent, but not as good as last year. I saw quite a few brittlebush blooming, but most of them were past their prime. There were small numbers of lots of other wildflowers blooming: lupine, blue dicks, poppies, globemallow, and fairy dusters, among others.
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