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Very nice easy trail.

trail running
22 days ago

NIce trail for practice runs... do it clockwise and you get a nice downhill run!!!

I would rate this as easy to moderate, but I love riding my mountain bike here.
Most any bike can use it thou.

hiking
28 days ago

Don’t know why this mileage is so far off.

Hard to find trailhead parking lot just outside the gated community of Eagles Nest. After a 1/2 mile walk through the gate to the trailhead, you begin the hike and still haven’t seen a sign that says Dixie Mine.

Trail is mostly dirt and easier than the jagged stone hikes on many of the Sonoran trails. While not a big total elevation change, the many up and down segments make it a more moderate hike. You eventually come to a sign that says Dixie Mine at the Sonoran Trail intersection.

After 2 miles on the scenic trail (2 1/2 in) you wonder, “Have I missed the mine?” You come to the remains of a dirt road and think the mine must be down this road.

After another 1/2 mile (now 3 miles from the parking area) we turned around thinking we’ve overshot the mine entrance based on the All Trails app mileage number and turned around.

Never saw the mine holes others talked about. Our hike totaled 6 miles. Enjoyed the scenery. Yup, there is no shade so bring plenty of water to last 2+ hours.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike, lots of birds. Saw plenty of pack rat nests too. A few bikers but otherwise quiet. Great for trail running.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a nice beginner trail, and trail to take children to - it has placards along the way that identify plantlife. Pick up a brochure at the entrance so that you can read what each placard references - you'll learn about packrats, for example.
And as much as I enjoyed this trail, it's not one to hike if you're looking for an exertion.
I like that there were only few other hikers. Parking was easy - it's a large, large parking lot.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Smooth and flowy desert ride. I did it counter clockwise and would probably do it clockwise the next time I go...

hiking
6 months ago

It’s fun to hiking with family. A lot of stone. It make it more difficult to walk with rocks but fun tho. Did not go loop we did Forth and back from RingTail to Lost Dog then back same way. 4 Miles. Will come back to different trails

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike!! Cactuses and other plants just starting to bloom! Mostly easy with a few spots that would be considered moderate. Not very many people... beautiful views! Take lots of water as there is no shade.

trail running
6 months ago

on Ringtail Loop

hiking
6 months ago

Easy peasy hike with not much variation. Trails are well marked.

hiking
7 months ago

Not a bad trail, perfect for trail running. goes along side residential zones for a part of it though which is disappointing.

hiking
7 months ago

A nice beginner trail, no aggressive grades, just like taking a walk in the park. Low traffic in late January. Nice trail, easy to duck off if you want.

hiking
8 months ago

Where is the mine itself? Did not see any sign, however it is very nice trail with some real nice views.

very beautiful scenery... with a bit of challenge

hiking
9 months ago

We found ourselves here after a recommendation in Boots and Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers. It did not disappoint for a group of diverse hiking experiences. For a gorgeous January weekend we were almost alone on the trail with just a few hawks and planes in the blue sky above. Relatively flat we meandered as we saw fit and the path was well marked. I recommended going south (left) on the loop first and turning around occasionally to snap a pic of the magnificent views. Stop by the fountain when you're done. And eat Portillo's afterwards (added bonus). Get the Chicago Dog.

Not the best hike

Not that great

hiking
9 months ago

I hike this trail quite often seeing as I live in walking distance to the trailhead. Usually not crowded although sometimes on weekends there are hiking clubs that go. The mine is actually through the wash at the bottom. Great trail for everyone because you can either turn around at Dixie mine or keeping going to Thompson peak or prospector. Great hike for dogs too.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail, gorgeous views each step of the way!

Gave it one star because we couldn’t hike on it. Arrived on News Years day and there was a security guard waiting and turning away all hikers. It was closed and he said it is. Closed 3 days a year and we happen to hit one of the days. I mean who pays a man to stand on New Year’s Day to turn hikers away. Will have to try again soon.

Fun trail, I’m surprised no one has reviewed this one. Some fast flowy, rock gardens, fast descents. I liked it will definitely do again.

hiking
10 months ago

Fairly mellow hike and good for most ages. Can be beautiful during wildflower season but that can also bring a lot of bees. Usually not super crowded.

hiking
10 months ago

hiked over from the Scottsdale side via bell pass and prospector. Been wanting to check out the mine for a while. Hiked back to Dixie mine trailhead to complete the route. Enjoyed the route besides the mine great views of Four Peaks weavers needle Thompson peak and east end.

Closer to moderate than easy. Fairly scenic and not many people using it. I also missed the trail back to the mine but it was the best part of the hike for me, if you continue going up the trail past the mine to the top of the mountain you can see the fountain (during the first 15 minutes of every hour), a little bit of the Verde river and a lot better view of the mountains.

hiking
11 months ago

Super easy, cute little hike that takes you to a surprise body of water at the end.

hiking
11 months ago

I’m bummed that I didn’t make it all the way. I thought this was a moderate not an easy hike.

Nice Trail, we were lucky to see about 6 Mule Deer about 100 yards away from us:)

hiking
Sunday, October 22, 2017

One of our favorites! Great views without having to climb a peak. Very interesting rock formations. Mine itself is pretty cool too. A bit confusing to get to the mine itself, but there is a road up to the mine opening, which is caged off. Trail head is a new parking area so you can’t park right at the beginning. It is well marked but bring $2 for the trail fee, which you pay at the beginning of the Dixie Mine trail head.

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Good way to learn about the flora and fauna in the park with the guide.

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