Dixie Mine is a 4.5 mile out and back trail located near Fountain Hills, Arizona. 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
Located in the McDowell Mountain Range behind the gated community of Eagle's Nest, this is a near-perfect hike through rolling hills. The views are second to none with various types of cacti, lush vegetation, and a variety of geological wonders. Views go on for days.
The hike is exceptionally well maintained and labeled. It is out and back, and at around 2 miles, you reach the established mine. There are two paths to get there: one narrow option just after the signs to the trail, and another wider "road" a bit farther down. The mine entrance is straight down and well covered to avoid falls. However, as you stand on the mine and look down toward the wash, you will see another mine that is open.
To explore more, when returning back, turn right at the wash to visit three more small mines and petroglyphs. Only a mild amount of bouldering is needed to traverse this area, but it is well worth it. These extra steps will make the hike closer to 6 miles.
We took the hike on a cloudy, cool day, which was perfect since there is no coverage on the trail. But in some places, it certainly didn't feel like we were in Arizona. There was so much green in the area, and at the right times of year, the wildflowers will be spectacular.
I think this trail should be rated moderate due to very numerous up and down portions,some of which Have loose rock Very little shade. Take water. It is a beautiful trail and there are some great quartz outcroppings
Just an incredible hike. So much to see and appreciate. Solid workout. Encountered a huge rattlesnake that was more afraid of us than we were of it. Highly recommend this trail. Can't wait to take it in with my mountain bike.
This hike has gorgeous views all around. The trail has many variations in the terrain as well. There are several steep climbs, some loose rocks and rocky slopes. My hiking poles came in handy for sure. Newer to the hiking scene since January of this year. My own personal opinion is this trail is moderate due to the steep hills. You must park outside the gated community and walk about a half mile thru the subdivision before getting to the trail head. There is a $2 honor system pay envelopes once you reach the trail head. Have plenty of water!!
Put "Eagles Nest Community" in your GPS to get to the parking lot. My Fitbit said 0.45 miles to get to the trailhead from the parking lot (Follow the sidewalk with the feathers printed on them). It was 2$ per person to enter the park from this entrance. This is a pretty trail, a lot of ups and downs but completely doable for anyone. Wear sturdy shoes as the path is more rocks than gravel. You will turn a corner and see the tailings from the mine. You can either hike on top of the tailings and view the mine from above or follow a small man-made/wash trail below the tailings to view the mine from below. Keep following that wash trail (below the tailings in the canyon) and you will find two panels of petroglyphs. One right after the mine and one a little further back, that are a little harder to spot, but worth the extra effort. If the wash is wet it could be slippery, so be careful! After starting from the parking lot, hiking on top of the tailings and to the 2nd panel of petroglyphs and back to the parking lot my Fitbit said 6.25 miles. Beautiful views of the Mountain Range! Recommend it!
This is a beautiful hike. Not busy, amazing views, and a well-groomed trail. This is definitely one of my favorites! You do have to walk about a mile through the neighborhood to get to the trailhead. I didn't see the petroglyphs or mine but I stopped at the Thompson Peak crossroad (about 2.5 miles in) and turned around so it might be just past that marker.
Great hike that is fairly easy and has great views! Highly recommended.
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.