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Bobcat Trail - Sonoran Preserve - 6 members in 23 triplogs have rated this an average 2.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Feb 12 2020
mt98dew
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51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Bobcat Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Feb 12 2020
mt98dew
Run/Jog6.16 Miles 86 AEG
Run/Jog6.16 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   4.93 mph
86 ft AEG
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Did this jog as an out and back. Went in on the Hawk Nest, took the western loop the Dixie Mine to the Bobcat and then Bobcat out to the street. Returned the way I came. Always hate running the Hawk Nest. For me it is a hard way to start a run. Otherwise really enjoy this track, kind of boring, but makes for a nice run. Trails were busy today encountered 18 hikers a biker and a trail runner. Chipmunk and some quail were the only wildlife I saw.
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Jul 24 2018
mt98dew
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51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Bobcat Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 24 2018
mt98dew
Hiking6.01 Miles 86 AEG
Hiking6.01 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   4.01 mph
86 ft AEG
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After work hike/jog. Did an in and out via Hawk Nest - Dixie Mine Loop (west portion) - Bobcat and then back out. Started out with a slow jog and did about 5 miles before I ended walking the rest of the way. I like to think that the heat doesn't bother me, but I guess it does :? . I was out there when it hit 115 and I have to admit it felt pretty toasty. Had the trails to myself, but there was one other car at the TH when I left. No wildlife.
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Mar 05 2017
knmurphy
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41 male
 Joined Aug 03 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2017
knmurphy
Hiking7.75 Miles 575 AEG
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575 ft AEG
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Dec 26 2016
jochal
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37 male
 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2016
jochal
Hiking7.70 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking7.70 Miles
1,300 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Mar 31 2016
black_toes
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82 male
 Joined Sep 24 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Bobcat Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2016
black_toes
Hiking6.57 Miles 1,202 AEG
Hiking6.57 Miles   3 Hrs   51 Mns   2.28 mph
1,202 ft AEG      58 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Had not hiked the Bobcat and to make it longer than the 2-mile roundtrip, I started on the south side of the Preserve at Desert Vista TH, walking more than 3 mi N to the end at a large housing development at Sonoran Desert Dr near Paloma Pkwy. The Bobcat was of course the last mile on the N. It is a pleasant trail, clean and clear and flat and would probably be a wildflower heaven most years. Just not this one which has been disappointing on the trails I've covered.

Saw the nest of a Great Horned owl with Mama and 3 kiddos snuggled in the cradle of a Saguaro. A park ranger told me this was the 5th year Fish & Game has tracked the Mama owl to the same spot, and she has had 2-3 babies each year. A jogger, seeing me bent over a camera shooting a blooming Teddy Bear Cholla, stopped to tell me about the owl. He said it had two babies last year and three the year before.

The Teddy Bear blooms were the first I've ever photographed. Cactus flowers are all but gone on the S up to the end of the Hawk's Nest Tr. But once in the middle of the Preserve, there are plenty of Buckhorn blooms, ditto the Compass Barrel. But blooms of the dominant tree, the Palo Verde, have peaked and losing glow fast.

Enjoyable hike though a bit windy and cool once out of the protection of the mountains. Glad I did the Bobcat but unless I'm going out to Circle Tank or adventuring on some of the faint jeep roads, I likely won't be back there for a while.
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Mar 12 2016
Nightstalker
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52 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Circle Tank Loop, AZ 
Circle Tank Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2016
Nightstalker
Hiking15.70 Miles 2,296 AEG
Hiking15.70 Miles   6 Hrs   28 Mns   2.71 mph
2,296 ft AEG      40 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
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Last night I was trying to figure out where I was going to hike today. All my regular hiking partners were not available, so I was on my own. I was desperately searching Hike Arizona maps for some inspiration. I was checking out South Mountain, but nah. Maybe do a big loop out of Apache wash, nah. And then I saw Widowmaker's Circle Tank Loop and bang!, I was in! I've been dying to check out the arch dam and Circle Tank so transferred the track over to my GPS and I was ready to head out. Started up Hawk's Nest trail and stopped to take some pictures of the giant owl, who was hanging out in his nest. Next stop, Dixie Summit Trail for a great vantage point overlooking the valley. Out Bobcat a ways and then bushwacked my way east to Circle Tank. Followed an old jeep road south to Cave Creek Dam. Built in 1923, the dam is a barrel arch design, which is pretty cool stuff! From the dam I headed west on a combination of old jeep roads and bushwacking until I got on the eastern portion of the Great Horned Owl Trail. Follow this south to the unnamed trail that ascends the south face of Union Peak. This was the 12 mile mark for me, I had to decide if I had the energy to climb the super steep back side of Union Peak. Well, I'm right here, why not? There were two couples on top when I popped up out of no where, they looked confused. I said howdy and headed back to the parking lot, I was starving! Great loop. Perfect weather for a valley hike. I feel awesome!
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Jan 25 2016
mt98dew
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51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Bobcat Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2016
mt98dew
Hiking6.29 Miles 86 AEG
Hiking6.29 Miles   1 Hour   13 Mns   5.17 mph
86 ft AEG
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First time to the Sonoran Preserve South this year. Did an in out involving Hawk's Nest, Dixie Mine Loop and the the Bobcat Trails. Went in on the Hawk and took the western portion of Dixie to the Bobcat and then followed that to the paved street. Looks like the pave street which was a dead end where the trail came out is in the process of being extended. Don't know if there will be any future parking from that side, but as of now the street still has no parking signs posted throughout. Did a little side trail exploring at that end then joined back up to the Bobcat and returned the way I came. Found a side trail that provided gated access to the preserve about .25 miles from where the Bobcat ends. (The Sonoran Preserve South is fenced on its most northern border so accessing the preserve can be tricky if you are not following a trail. It was weird finding that kind of a gate allowing entrance into the preserve). Parking lot was crowded. Saw about 15 cars and saw about 7 hikers on the trails. No wildlife.
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Jun 24 2015
mt98dew
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51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Bobcat Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 24 2015
mt98dew
Hiking6.07 Miles 86 AEG
Hiking6.07 Miles   1 Hour   41 Mns   3.61 mph
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After work hike. Got started a little after 4pm. Went in on the Hawk's Nest, then took the western portion of the Dixie Mine Loop and then took Bobcat to where it connected to a surface street. Went back the same way I came in. Jogged in to the end, but hiked out. Didn't see anyone until I as approaching the TH where I passed a hiker and a couple of bikers. Probably close to 110 again, very little breeze and a few Cirrus clouds high above. No wildlife.
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Jun 14 2015
DarthStiller
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51 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Sonoran Preserve-South Area, AZ 
Sonoran Preserve-South Area, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 14 2015
DarthStiller
Hiking10.60 Miles 1,759 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   4 Hrs   9 Mns   2.55 mph
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I noticed this area posted on HAZ a few months ago and have been meaning to get out here. The trails are ok, mostly once you get past the views of the surrounding subdivisions. The weather wasn't too hot today in the morning, but that will soon change in the coming months.

I started from the Desert Vista Trail TH on the south end and took the Hawk's Nest Trail to the Desert Tortoise Trail, then did a section of the Valle Verde Trail (mainly to add mileage), then back NW to the Dixie Mt. Loop Trail, did the Dixie Summit, out and back on the Bobcat, summited again on the Western Vista Trail, and headed back to the trailhead. The little spur trails on the west end join private trails for the NorTerra subdivision. I walked a few yards on one of those to check it out and then headed back to the preserve.

At the east end on the Valle Verde Trail I saw some mountain bikers who told me there was a rattlesnake further up. I looked but I couldn't find it. on my way back west to the Dixie Mt. Loop Trail, a mountain biker was coming the other way and actually stopped and yielded the trail to me until I passed. WOW! :o :) : app : . I have NEVER seen that before. Kudos, sir.

This area really didn't have too many people. Lots of cars when I arrived at 6:15am, 3 left when I was done at 10:30am. the area isn't to overrun by bikers, and I saw more hikers than trail runners. Looking forward to going back to finishing the trails in this area and then the north area.
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Jun 01 2015
Stoic
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45 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Phx Sonoran Preserve Connector, AZ 
Phx Sonoran Preserve Connector, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 01 2015
Stoic
Hiking12.22 Miles 662 AEG
Hiking12.22 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   3.33 mph
662 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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The only trail I haven't done in the Southern part of the Sonoran Preserve, was the Bobcat trail. Wanting to do more than just the bobcat trail, I came up with a connector trail to the Northern Portion of the Preserve. I parked near a park in the housing area in-between both Preserves. The pups and I started our hike around 4:30am. I used the trails in the neighborhood to get to the Bobcat Trailhead. We had a great view of the moon on the West side. We then had a great sunrise to the East. I wish I had brought my camera. I opted out and left it in my truck.The Bobcat trail took about a half hour to hike in and out. I then took the neighborhood trails to the West Skip Rimsza Paseo Trail. I was only planning on hiking about 1/2 of this trail. With the early start and the decent weather, I decided to finish the West Skip trail. We then took a small portion of the Ocotillo trail back to the West Skip Trail. With it getting hot outside, I decided to take the paved trail back, instead of hiking more of the Ocotillo trail. I didn't want to run into any snakes on the way back. It seemed to be a logical plan. Getting close to the end of the West Skip trail, I looked at my phone/gps and looked back up..... My Jack Russell was face to face with a small rattlesnake. Miss Ellie touched her nose right by the snakes mouth. The snake then stuck out the forked tongue. Miss Ellie listens well, and she came right back to me when I yelled. I was extremely lucky...... The snake never moved or shook its rattles. We then hiked the last mile to the truck. Rayna and I then took a 15 minute break at the park under a tree. I guess Miss Ellie wasn't done. She did 5 laps around a soccer goal chasing after birds. The 12 miles wasn't enough for her.
I did see 3 large coyotes before we parked, 3 smaller coyotes near the trail, plenty of rabbits and birds, oh and 1 rattlesnake.
I have been debating for years, weather or not to get a vaccine for rattlesnakes, for my dogs. I think my mind is now made up.
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Feb 22 2015
mazatzal
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63 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Union Hills and loops, AZ 
Union Hills and loops, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2015
mazatzal
Hiking11.50 Miles 2,160 AEG
Hiking11.50 Miles   4 Hrs   55 Mns   2.51 mph
2,160 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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Hadn’t done any of these trails before. I remember we did Union Peak from south and east side about 28 years ago, ~1987 but I don’t have a record of the exact date :roll: There were no hiking trails but there were a few old mining/prospecting tracks :)

Nice area considering where it is. Pretty much followed Eagle’s track minus a few bits. On the southeast loop I only saw 3 people but on the northwest about 40 :?
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Dec 20 2014
The_Eagle
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
The Union Hills, AZ 
The Union Hills, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 20 2014
The_Eagle
Hiking12.76 Miles 2,137 AEG
Hiking12.76 Miles   4 Hrs   31 Mns   2.99 mph
2,137 ft AEG      15 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
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Stayed close with afternoon plans. Been awhile since I've been here. Perfect Temps...Hit
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May 13 2014
mt98dew
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51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Bobcat Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 13 2014
mt98dew
Hiking7.28 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking7.28 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   3.24 mph
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After work hike. Started off from the Hawk's Nest around 3:30. Took the Dixie Mine Loop clockwise to where it intersected with the Bobcat Trail and took this to where it ends at Sonoran Desert Drive. With a few exceptions, after I climbed Hawk's Nest Trail this route is all down hill. My intent was to jog this route, but there was nothing in the tank today so it turned into a nice stroll. I was unimpressed with the Bobcat. It was a fairly straight trail and if you are hiking north you get an eyeful of the approaching subdivision. On the way back, the view is much better and I took the opportunity to explore side trails that splintered off from the Bobat. Once I got back to the Dixie Mine, I returned the same way I came. Even though the Bobcat is not the most scenic of trails it is ideal for jogging and provides nice access to the park for those people who live in that area. Didn't see any wildlife except for a few lizards. When I started my hike there were 2 cars there, when I finished my hike there were 11. (But not a 1 of 'em had a HAZ sticker :( ).
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Apr 27 2013
burntlizard
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49 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Bobcat Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2013
burntlizard
Hiking2.35 Miles 86 AEG
Hiking2.35 Miles   1 Hour      2.35 mph
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Spontaneous hike - to fight the afternoon doldrums!
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Feb 03 2013
burntlizard
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49 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Western Vista Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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burntlizard
Hiking3.59 Miles 340 AEG
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Great morning for a quick hike - the trail was busy (relatively speaking)and a few rain drops were falling :)
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Dec 02 2012
The_Dude
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42 male
 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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The_Dude
Hiking7.90 Miles 1,940 AEG
Hiking7.90 Miles   2 Hrs   26 Mns   3.41 mph
1,940 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Sep 06 2012
AndreyP
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40 male
 Joined Feb 17 2010
 Moscow, RU
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2012
AndreyP
Hiking7.90 Miles 1,410 AEG
Hiking7.90 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   2.56 mph
1,410 ft AEG
 
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Sonoran Preserve hike for GPS logging: H -> D -> DS -> D -> B -> D -> W -> D -> H. This time lots of bikers that weren't scared of me, but less wildlife.

It turned out that the only parking for this preserve is at Desert Vista trailhead just as on the map. Sonoran Desert Dr dead-end and adjacent street sections have "No parking" signs all over, so Bobcat trailhead has only pedestrian/bike access.
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Aug 23 2012
burntlizard
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49 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Bobcat Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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burntlizard
Hiking4.03 Miles
Hiking4.03 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   2.55 mph
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Was called off from work today, due to the flooding rains last night. We received 1.30 here in North Phx in less than 30 minutes. What a blessed event 2" in two day's, boy did we need it. Hiked off trail up to Sonoran wash to watch it running, North Valley Pkwy was closed due to the water run off.
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Apr 06 2012
burntlizard
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49 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Bobcat Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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burntlizard
Hiking1.50 Miles
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Decided to do a little sunset romp and wait for the moon rise. It sure was quiet out, very few coyotes, so I decided to do some calls... I think Sasquatch replied :scared:
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Feb 23 2012
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 Phoenix, AZ
Bobcat Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
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burntlizard
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