This is a very scenic hike that connects to several other trails for longer hiking options. Most people miss the mine as they think the tailings are the mine. The mine is in a wooded canyon at the end of trail. People remove the cairns to keep it secret. There are petroglyphs just beyond the mine entrance.
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.
This morning, we did the Dixie Mine/Sonoran Trail/Western Loop/Promenade Lollipop loop. It's called a lollipop because it's a long hike in to get to the loop at the end. The Sonoran Trail is moderate depending upon your physical conditioning. There isn't any scrambling over rocks but it's a long climb. The Western Loop is quite challenging and steep but again, very little scrambling. The total hike is just shy of 10 miles with fantastic views (look for the fountain hills fountain) and beautiful scenery. During the spring, this area is filled with the colors of desert blooms. As always, bring lots of water, a hat and some good snacks.
Debra T. on Dixie Mine
Excellent trail, mine and petroglyphs were worth the hike.. Highly recommend !
Debra T. on Fountain Hills Park
Great walk..easy..excellent view of area
Definitely a bit strenuous towards the top and it is about .5 mile from the parking lot to the trailhead so total hike is probably about 8 miles. I didn't go past the RF radiation signs but good views near the top. The Dixon trail at the beginning is also real nice through dry creek beds.
Iconic and difficult hike in Fountain Hills. This was my second time and one I would say should be done once a year and no more as it is an effort to get there and to hike it. Very doable, but is arduous in parts as the service road you travel after leaving the Dixie Mine trail feels like it has a 45 degree incline and you have to make your own switchbacks going up and down. Spectacular views and you are very proud of yourself when you make it to the top. This can also be accessed from the Gateway TH by way of Bell Pass and Prospector, but that's a long day hike
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.
Did the Dixie Mine Trail to the Towers Trail (Thompson Peak Trail) to the summit of Thompson Peak. You start at the Golden Eagle Trailhead in Fountain Hills. The trailhead has bathrooms and water and is very well maintained. The start of the Dixie Mine Trail is also very well marked although you have to walk about a quarter mile through a gated neighborhood to reach it.
The first 3.5 miles are on the Dixie Mine Trail and it is quite beautiful. It's basically a hike through a desert landscape. You then turn off onto the Towers Trail (Thompson Peak Trail). The real fun begins about a mile into this trail where you begin to climb...and climb...and climb. About 2200 feet over about 1.5 miles. The trail is paved over the steepest ascents but unless you are in good physical condition, this isn't for the faint of heart. Reaching the summit feels like a real achievement and you are rewarded with one of the best views in the entire Valley of the Sun (at least that I've seen). Going down, while much faster, is also challenging. You really need good hiking shoes with grippy soles to ensure a safe and entertaining descent.
Our entire hike took about 4.5 hours but, as usual, the first three were going up.