Dixie Mine is a 4.5 mile out and back trail located near Fountain Hills, AZ. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and walking.
McDowell Mountain Regional Park 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr. MMRP Arizona 85255 Ph: 480-471-0173 Fax: 602-372-8507 firstname.lastname@example.org Mailing Address McDowell Mountain Regional Park PO Box 18415 Fountain Hills, AZ 85269-8415
It was an amazing trail! About a mile walk from the parking lot to get to the actual trail though. Also, it's a littler harder than it seems, buy definitely doable! Good amounts of ups and downs. No traffic at all. We were the only people on the trail from 7-9am on a Saturday. Beautiful views, for sure.
Excellent trail, mine and petroglyphs were worth the hike.. Highly recommend !
We use this access point to get to the Thompson Peak summit trail. The parking access is approximately a mile or so from the TH. The Dixie Mine trail has a nice flow to it with some mild ups and downs and lots of gorgeous desert flora.
A good hike, though lacking in elevation and views. It's great for what it is. Watch out for rattlesnakes when it gets hot.
Very natural trail with a lot of ups and downs and a lot of wildlife. Lots of lizards, jackrabbits, jerboas, and birds. Supposedly rattlesnakes in area so proceed with caution on hotter days. Trail is a lot longer than expected and has no sitting spots/resting spots so be prepared to power through. Couldn't find mine at any point in trail other than an off-trail concrete structure. Not sure if I wasn't looking in the right spots for it. Would definitely hike again if mine can be located and if I bring more water.
Parking is a distance from the trail head. The luxury homes are amazing on the walk to the trial head. Great interval training hike, because trail goes up and down constantly. Bring lots of water because it is a longer hike. I'm use to 2.5 hour hike. My fingers and hands were huge sausages!
Loved it! Beautiful! We saw a rattlesnake though so watch your dogs!
The trail starts in the parking lot on the right outside the Eagle's Nest neighborhood gatehouse. Follow the signs thru the neighborhood about 1/2 mile to the actual trail head. Nice houses and nice views on the way. The trail goes up and down a lot so even though the elevation gain is only 472ft, the cumulative gain is a lot more than that. Dixie mine is a covered shaft that goes straight down 60-70 ft or more. Didn't see the bottom nor did I want to venture out over the shaft any further. There is a horizontal shaft and gate for the mine. It's located along the creek bed below the mine. You can access it the creek bed from the road. Don't try to climb down the mine tailings or you might slide all the way down and really get hurt. Fun hike for one time.
Nice trail--very well marked and clean parking lot. Saw a coyote on my run. Ran this around 5pm which was perfect for October because the sun dipped behind the mountain for most of my run. The first mile is very technical and rocky so watch your footing. After that it opens up to some solid single track.
I couldn't find the gate to Dixie but I did find the big hole with metal over it. Not sure if the gate is now covered? I went 6.8 miles... so no clue where the gate was!
This is a nice trail through fairly level desert, with a few ups and downs along the way. After arriving at the dirt road, take a right, go down the hill, and then left into a lush wash. Follow the overgrown trail a short way to the Dixie Mine, which is closed up. Also, a little further down the wash are some purported petroglyphs.